My new life in Italy

Michele Connors left a hectic fast paced life in the restaurant world in New York City for the hills of Tuscany in 2007. After a year in Montalcino, she moved to Florence where she met her future husband Emanuele and has worked in tourism while getting certified as a sommelier by Associazione Italiana Sommelier. She is passionate about Italian food, wine and travel. 2011 will be a busy year for Michele as she is getting married near Emanuele’s home town in Calabria (the sole of Italy’s boot) and hoping to fit in lots of good eats, Italian wine and new cities in the meantime.

Stay tuned for Michele’s blog posts sharing her experiences about eating her way through Italy, life abroad, getting married in the south, and enjoying una dolce vita.


Posted by: ben on February 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Ingredients (for a plateful): 250ml water 100g butter A pinch of salt 125g flour (pastry flour or all-purpose) Sugar (at least a spoonful, more to taste) 4 eggs (or 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks) Grated lemon zest (or a drop of limoncello) (optional) For frying: vegetable oil, olive oil and/or lard Confectioner's sugar 1 cup or more of pastry cream (optional: see Notes)

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Posted by: ben on February 20, 2012 | 0 comments

  Carnival in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated 40 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. It is not a single day or event, but a whole season of masquerades and fun for people of all ages but especially for children who really love it. When I was a child I looked forward it all year around because every Sunday you could run through the town squares wearing costumes representing cartoon characters or heroes and tossing coriandoli, hundreds of tiny pieces of colored paper, at passersby.  Mischief and pranks are also common during Carnevale, hence the saying A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale, anything goes at carnival. You could even bring them to school to play with your mates and you didn't get punished for it. It was fantastic! 

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Christmas in Southern Italy

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on February 25, 2012 | 0 comments

Christmas is celebrated with fervour in the South of Italy. Of course Christmas is made for Italians - with big family get togethers, lots of food, lots of wine and celebrations, it’s exactly what the Italians are famous for. Plus, the percentage of Italians who consider themselves Roman Catholic is approximately 88% of the population.  This means that many Italians are deeply spiritual, so Christmas is one of the most important times of the calendar year. However, it’s not just the 25th that is celebrated like in many countries, but many dates throughout December such as the 8th - the day of Immaculate Conception and December 13th - St. Lucy’s day.

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In Season Now – First Trip to Press Olives

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on February 25, 2012 | 0 comments

There is nothing better at this time of year in Italy than lugging home a 5 liter jug of the new olive oil.  Olives mature around late fall and are cold pressed right away, so the year’s oil is usually available around November and December.   Olive oil is best eaten as close to when it was pressed as possible, so Italians usually buy a big bottle in late fall, enough to last them the whole year.

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Thanksgiving all’Italiano

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on November 17, 2011 | 0 comments

Put some Italian into your Thanksgiving this year – here are a few easy side dishes that will inspire your holiday table.

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Check out our guest post over at My Bella Vita!

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on November 14, 2011 | 0 comments

We guest posted on our dear friend Cherrye's blog My Bella Vita!  Read up here to find out what Calabrian history has to do with the calendar you look at every day....

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The Luxury Property Show 2011

Posted by: carla on February 25, 2012 | 0 comments

We had a fantastic time at the Luxury Property Show in London last week. The exhibition showcased some of the very best properties from around the world and offered visitors a unique opportunity to view and buy from some fantastic property portfolios. We met some fabulous people and I'd like to say a big thank you to all those that came to say hello.

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What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato?

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on October 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Read on to find out what the difference is between the gelato you love to slurp up in Italy and the heavier ice cream you might find at home!

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Life Italian – The Basics of Being an Expat in Italy

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on October 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Thinking of moving to the bel paese?  There's a couple of things you should know to get started...

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Biweekly Italy Round Up: Sept. 25 – Oct. 9

Posted by: Mignon Potenza on October 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Here's the best of the best of what happened in Italia in the last two weeks!

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