• Cherries!

    This weekend there was a cherry festival in Marostica, Italy. It wasn’t what most would consider a true festival as there were only a few vendors selling fresh cherries and baked items featuring cherries. Even with not a lot going…

  • Trapani, Sicily

    While my short time here I have meet a comical wine maker. Giuseppe has told my friends and I how wonderful Sicily is and how absolutely gorgeous his home town of Trapani is also. After much arm twisting, the plans…

  • Dessert Lumpia

    What can be said about banana lumpia? That it is so freaking delicious! My first encounter with these hand sized desserts was at Mrs. D’s house. Mrs. D is Filipino but loves to reminisces about Hawaii on a daily basis.…

  • Family & Florence

    My youngest sister, her friend and my baby brother came to visit for spring break. Our first trip was to go to Florence. I had only been once before but not with the purpose of seeing all the sights. These…

  • Castles and Medieval Towns

    While my in-laws and Family were in town we ventured out to two local towns. The first one is Bassano del Grappa which is known for grappa. For those who are not aware of what grappa is, it is a…

  • Vinitaly 2015

    VINITALY 2015 Vinitaly started in 1967 and has become one of the most important events for domestic and international wines and is considered one of the largest wine shows in the world. If you’ve never attended an industry driven trade…

  • Celebrating Birthdays

    It just so happens that I am exactly one month older than my husband when it comes times to our Birthdays. I am the first to get older and I allow him to call me his old lady just for…

  • Luck & Money in the New Year

    Since I was a child it has always been a tradition of having black eyed peas and collard greens on January 1st. My southern raised grandmother would require all of us to eat until we were stuffed. The trick is…

  • 2014 in review

    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. This is nice to see as I have a lot of work to do in 2015. I am working on posting more recipes and travel photos and…

  • Got Turkey? Make Chili

    Ingredients Original recipe makes about 4 servings 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 pound of Turkey( left overs from Thanksgiving works great) 4 shallots, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups chicken broth 1 (15 ounce) cans cannellini (white kidney) beans,…