10 Things You’ve Got to Suck Up if You Want to Live In Italy: #9

Last week we talked about the lack of “personal space” here in Italy and I have to say, it was one of my most popular posts ever, so THANK YOU! One drawback of being so famous though is that people at work read my blog – and every now and then they pass by my…

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10 Things You’ve Got to Suck Up if You Want to Live in Italy: #10

So you’ve got your heart set on moving to Italy. I get it. I mean, I don’t….but I do; a bit. It’s romantic, has great weather (during the summer), good food, good wine, great old art and buildings (if you’re into that sort of thing). It’s THE place where you can really find yourself and…

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The Tyrant

“What’s this?” She tosses it at me, watching me closely to gauge my reaction, her face a cross between disgust and amusement.  I am caught off guard. There is no sense in wondering why she was going through my things again. There is no more privacy in this house anymore.  I can be subjected to…

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DIY Bruschetta

There is a restaurant that we love to go to that’s inexpensive, friendly, and delicious. You can find that combination pretty often here, but this place, at least for me, is special. Alessio and I had our first dinner out there with another couple, we’ve brought all family and friends who have visited there, and…

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Smoked Salmon Pasta

So another year is upon us. Another year to make (and keep!) resolutions to be more active, eat more cleanly, drink less, and spend more time reading and travelling. Well, if you’ve made the resolution to eat more cleanly, then perhaps you should just move on and find a different recipe on this site. Perhaps…

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Torta Salata – Spinach, Ricotta, and Parmigiano

Ah – the torta salata, or ‘salty cake’. Flaky pastry filled with imagination. It’s embarrassing to put this out there for public consumption because it’s so simple. You can make it harder on yourself by making the key ingredients from scratch, but why? Wouldn’t you rather whip this delightful dish together and spend the spare time doing…

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Do it Yourself: Nutella

DIY Nutella? DIY NUTELLA? That’s right. DIY Nutella. As in – Do. It. Yourself.  I won’t lie to you and tell you that I love Nutella sooooooo much and just dream about it and go weak at the knees whenever it looks my way. I won’t because it’s simply not true. I like Nutella, I do….

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Top 3 Tips for Keeping in Touch

If you’ve ever moved away from home or have been living abroad for any length of time then you know the guilt and effort that goes into not seeing everyone enough and keeping in touch. I know I do. Living a continent away from family and friends is tough. Planning your vacations to “go home”…

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Creamy Scalloped Potatoes & Bacon (Quick Prep)

I normally avoid cliches like the plague but with the American Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow I thought I’d jump on the foodie bandwagon and give you a quick and easy side dish for dinner. I used guanciale, which is pork meat from the cheek of the pig as I had it on hand however bacon…

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Communication: The key to a successful marriage

It’s years now that I’ve been working with software developers and my husband (not necessarily in that order) and I’ve come to learn a few things about how “they” (developers and husbands) think. If you want to know the answer to something – it’s not enough to simply ask. Because if you simply ask, you…

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