What’s a Tagliere?

April 23, 2018

If you go out to dinner with Mike and I in Bologna, there’s a pretty good chance we will insist on splitting a tagliere misto as an appetizer. Tagliere literally means cutting board. A tagliere misto is simply a board filled with regional meats and/or cheeses. We’d probably call it a charcuterie board in the…

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What I’m Cooking in Italy

April 18, 2018

I’m a self taught home chef- over the years I’ve grown from someone who struggled to heat up frozen garlic bread to someone who genuinely enjoys creating meals for her family. The hour I spend making dinner each day is my wind-down time. I have a glass of wine, listen to a podcast, and relax…

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Modena- A Perfect Day Trip from Bologna

April 17, 2018

Modena is one of the easiest day trips from Bologna. It’s only a 25 minute train ride away, and is famous for fast cars (Ferrari, Lamborghini) and slow food (balsamic vinegar). You might know it as the city where Aziz Ansari lived in the first couple episodes of last season’s Master of None.

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Spring Has Arrived!

April 2, 2018

And not a moment too soon. 

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10 Photos from March 2018

March 30, 2018
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The Art of Tortellini

March 26, 2018

You may know Bologna as the birthplace of bolognese sauce (we just call it ragu here), or mortadella, the ancestor or that rubbery lunch meat bologna. But maybe more importantly, Bologna is the home of one of the greatest pastas ever invented: the delicate and delicious tortellini.

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4 Months in Italy

February 28, 2018

On October 28th we left Seattle and boarded a plane towards Bologna, Italy, and the unknown. Today is February 28th, which means that was 4 entire months ago. It feels like a life time. Marcella on the day we arrived, and in Malta last week. Here are a few of the things that have happened…

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Italian Hot Chocolate is Serious

February 27, 2018

It’s been uncharacteristically, unacceptably cold here in Italy lately. Icy winds from Siberia have plunged the continent into a late freezing winter. So it’s the perfect time to duck into a cafe for some hot chocolate. Italian hot chocolate and hot mulled wine, vin brulé, are two of the best parts of winter in Italy.

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Malta With a Toddler?

February 26, 2018

Malta was a bit of a watershed moment for our little family. You see, while we have traveled with Marcella across countries and oceans, we’ve never taken a real family vacation. We’ve travel with and to visit our families, for weddings, for work and hell, we even moved across the world, but this long weekend…

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