New Wave in Ancient Cities

Have I mentioned that I’m from California? To me, there is no such thing as “alternative lifestyles.”  It’s not alternative, it’s simply whatever you yourself enjoy doing. “You’re into vegan free-trade sword-swallowing at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Cool.” And old habits die hard. Do you have any idea how long it took […]

Sunday Strolls on Via Appia

Rome is an amazing city, but sometimes you just have to get out. Via Appia, or the Appian Way, is a short bus ride outside of Rome’s city center but once you get there you’ll feel completely removed from the craziness of Piazza Venezia. Parts of the ancient road are well preserved and you can […]

Mozzarella di Bufala Addiction

I steered clear of what I secretly thought was “water-y cheese” for some time. Not wanting to be rude at dinner one night, I apprehensively took my first bite. I’m pretty sure my exact words were: “Oh my God! It tastes like string cheese! Without the stringiness!” Ever since that eloquent awakening, I’ve become addicted […]

Buon San Valentino!

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 […]

American Baking in an Italian Oven

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 […]

Well, That’s a First

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 […]