Italian Churches

A couple of years ago I was talking with an American friend that was about to fly to Italy for a couple of weeks visit. He told me that he seldom goes to museums, instead he prefers to visit the churches. Churches, he said, have great works of art, tickets are cheaper and easier to […]

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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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Salute or Deliverance

Another unmistakable landmark site of Venice is Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute. One cannot miss it with the grand dome and the fancy spiral scrolls with statues of top which act as buttresses for the dome. It stands on the narrow finger of Punta della Dogana, […]

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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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The Other Patron of Venice

St. Theodor He was the original patron of Venice. He is in fact that guy on one of the two columns in Piazza San Marco, next to Palazzo Ducale.  One is the Saint Mark’s Lion and the other San Todaro (in Venitian), having killed a dragon. The dragon is nothing like Viserion—the scaring dragon of […]

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More on Pistachio

I just said that there is a pistachio mania lately, and it just so happen that I saw another recipe with pistachio that I had to try. I read it carefully and what I liked was the use of lemon zest, which–I thought would make the dish fresh and zingy, just right for the season […]

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The Bovolo Staircase

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, it is a spiral staircase (or like a “snail” which in Venetian translates a “bovolo”), is part of Palazzo Contarini, a secluded corner of Venice a little off the tourists’ trails. It is actually not too far from the famous Rialto Bridge. Palazzo Contarini has known several owners. There were many […]

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Fare Well Ballerina

The Eternal Dancing Young Girl She lived flying, but she defined herself: “… with roots well planted in the earth.”  And so, graceful and solid, sweet and tenacious, she left a “national monument,” a myth of ballet, one of the greatest artists of international ballet dance.  Carla Fracci died in Milan at the age of […]

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Pistachio-Mania

Since my childhood I had a long love affair with Pistachio Ice Cream. I loved the pastel green color, and of course the subtle and smooth sweet & savory taste. It was a classic, especially paired with Vanilla (for me). It stands out for that its delicate and salty aftertaste, which can be perfectly combined […]

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A Less Travelled Venice

Venice Walks  Venice is raising the curtain now. It is not yet as busy as it used to be, but turists are back already. Many people wish that things be back to normal, yet whiteout the un-manageable crowds of Pre-COVID era (not sure what that means). For my part, I can say that there are […]

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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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