Carbonara, The Real Thing

About Carbonara there are plenty of annedocts, old and new, and sometimes quite funny! It is one of those dishes that one will get it right, once every four tries! First myth to dispel; the story of humble and industrious shepherds (or charcoal burners) who since the dawn of time have seasoned their spaghetti with […]

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Sailing on a Sea of Plastic

A couple of years ago, Liz Milan, an artist, a turist guide, and a friend, began a journey to raise awareness about the plastic ocean pollution, with a very interesting and though-provoking exhibition called “Plastic-ocene.” I visited her exhibition this weekend, and it was surely a gripping and provocative artwork. The intent of the exhibition […]

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Our Passion for Herbs

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Whether it is for passion or pleasure, for cooking or for decorating: cultivating herbs and small [kitchen] plants on the balcony is  a trend!   All of the above can be grown on a pot. There are a few rules to follow, but nothing too arduous! It can be done, […]

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Venice—The Iconic Clock Tower

When arriving in Piazza San Marco, nowadays, the first time visitor is so busy to take it all in, that most details of the Piazza may get overlooked. Besides, I truly think that Venice must be visited many times over. Each time it will be different. There will be always something new to see and […]

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The Evolution of “Graffiti”

Graffiti From “graffiti” on the metro to “Street Art” to Caravaggio. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. It has become visualized as a growing urban “problem” for many cities, spreading from the NYC subway system in the early 1970s to the rest of the United States, and the rest of the world […]

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Cute Details for Everyday

I received these little ceramics just recently. Some attentive reader may have noticed them in my last post about the all time classic “Spaghetti Aglio & Olio,” looking pretty next to my plate.  They are little “cutlery rest” when setting an informal table for everyday,  to brighten up the table with a touch of class, […]

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Time to Think About Reservations?

Can We Travel Yet? Now some light started to appear at the end of the COVID tunnel, maybe it is the time to think about travelling again. That is what we all hope.  Piano, Piano There is still time ahead of us, but it is nice to think about vacations and logistics, maybe an alternative […]

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All Those Zucchini

What can we do with all those zucchini now that the season of plenty is coming up? A Tart We can’t feed the ducks with the overproduction, therefore I always look for new ways to cook them, and if I do not find a new one, then I adapt liberally from others, substituting one ingredient […]

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Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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Easter Sunday

Another Easter in Lockdown Per se it is not that bad, it is just Easter but less pretentious. More intimate, no travel to fashionable places, nothing much. It is even less stressful. I recall I thought the same about Christmas, and NY Eve. Some traditions can be maintained nevertheless, like having the typical “Colomba Pasquale” […]

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Stop and… Look at the Sky

Maybe I was too busy before and never paid the proper attention, but now that life suddenly slowed down a lot, I just noticed how blue the sky is. Maybe because the air traffic diminished considerably, and so did the land transportation, the industry and power generation, shipping and aviation during the lockdown. That for […]

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Lipstick

I miss wearing lipstick!  I am longing for Normal (capital N) life, and for all the things we took for granted just a little more than a year ago.  I’d like to shake hands Hugging a friend, kissing loved ones. Going to theater, crowded ones too. Yes, elbow-to-elbow events! I do miss the social life, […]

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