One of the things that never fails to make me smile are the love messages that you come across in Rome. Spray painted across roads and sidewalks, you’ll find declarations like this one: Defacement of public property aside- I think they’re touching. There is something very brave about professing your feelings to the person you […]
Italian pastries are pretty amazing, but sometimes I miss good old chocolate chip cookies. So when my friend came to visit, I requested US contraband: baking soda. You know what else American baking calls for? Butter. Lots of butter. (and zomg, did you hear about the lovers in Sicily that killed the woman’s ex-husband by […]
I’ve hit a very strange stage in my life in Rome: it no longer feels like vacation. The first few months in Italy felt like a long-extended trip. I was in love with the idea of Rome, but frustrated by Italian systems that I didn’t understand and secretly dreaming of how easy life was back […]
I’ll admit that I’ve broken plenty of corks. But I’ve never broken the corkscrew: I was momentarily stumped. Luckily, I remembered I bought a pair of pliers at Ikea! (I know, I know I swore I would never go back there). In Italian, “corkscrew” is cavatappi. Cavatappi is one of my favorite Italian words because […]
The weather in Rome has been absolutely amazing for the past three days. The sun is back and I’m slowly letting myself start to believe that maybe, just maybe, spring is coming. I spent Saturday at Villa Borghese reading in the grass, between dead winter leaves and new daisies. Che bella giornata!
Deciding what color to paint your villa can be such a chore! I love that they turned the building into a life-size paint chip. Based on personal experience with the speed of home repairs in Italy, I should have an update on their color decision for you in a few months…
Very early on, I sort of wrote Italian candy off. There was just a lot of licorice and gummy things and I was more interested in all the savory food goodies that the country had to offer. That was before I found out about Pocket Coffee. Pocket Coffee is a piece of chocolate, filled with […]