Travel Journal: If the boot fits…

Giovanni has been rubbing oil on my back and now begins making his way down each leg, whispering, ” . . . belli piedi . . . cara mia” –something about giving me a foot massage, I think. I drowsily nod and smile, assured by his tone that I will enjoy whatever he is proposing. The […]

Chateau Domingue

The warm and inviting kitchen of Ruth Gay, proprietor of Chateau Domingue, an import company specializing in reclaimed architectural elements and grand scale antiques sourced throughout Europe. Her own house was designed from top-to-bottom by the incomparable Pamela Pierce who was given carte blanche –free to select from the array of stunning building materials and […]

Recipe: Pennoni Rigati con Cavolfiore

Excerpts from Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct by LeAnn  : I took my first solo trip to Italy a few years back. I spent six weeks in a one bedroom “appartamento” in a 14th century castle in a beautiful hilltop village south of Florence. Though I was there to write, relax and explore (all very pleasant activities […]

Travel Journal: Nesting Instinct

I was looking through some of our vacation photos today and I began to think about travel and who we are when we travel.    There’s a famous quote (attributed to Confucius) that translates to something like:  “Wherever you go, there you are.”    While there is the deeply spiritual aspect to this observation, I was musing […]

Appennino by Giambologna

Giambologna’s largest work, the mountain god, Appennino (1577) Between 1568 and 1586 Bernardo Buontalenti built a great palace at Pratolino (Garden of Villa Demidoff at Pratolino Park) for Francesco I and Bianca Cappello. It was completed under Ferdinando I, and the residential building that resulted was sumptuous and rich in architectural inventions, in the late […]

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Cheese Salad

This deliciously creamy cheese, pronounced b00r-RAH-tah, is a specialty of Southern Italy, especially the regions of Puglia, Campania, and Basilicata. Burrata was invented in Andria at the beginning of the 20th century. Traditionally made from buffalo’s milk, today most burrata is made from cow’s milk. Classified as a “spun”or “pulled curd” cheese, burrata’s uniqueness lies […]