ZeroLimescale

We are all crazy for Zerocalcare, or in English “Zerolimescale.” Why Limescale?  Calcare is our enemy par excellence: limescale happens to tiles, pipes, bathroom fixtures and showers.  We are talking about a sedimentary rock composed largely of a specific mineral, from which it takes its name, calcare.   His pen name, was inspired by an […]

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Autumn Has Arrived

One of the things I love most about living in Italy is the existence of four distinct seasons.  During my past life in the USA, specifically in Washington, D.C., seasons were determined by the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes winds, and the occasional hurricane making landfall. In Italy, Summer is long and hot. Winter […]

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The Biennale Posed a Good Question

The 17th International Architecture Exhibition will soon close (November 21, 2021). It opened in May, to the surprise of many, including the exhibiting countries ( my guess). It is always lovely to go to Venice and visit the biennale. However, the curiosity was even more immense this year because it was the first big event […]

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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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