Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
When we went to Japan last summer, I had high hopes of being able to take and post photos on the go. Of course, reality was a bit different, and here I am, 7 months later, getting around to posting one photo from the trip. This was . . . → Read More: Shirakawa-go: Worth a Visit!
I don’t like leaf blowers. Why are they used so much? Am I the only one to hate them? . . . → Read More: I Dislike Leaf Blowers
Kewpie Dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama
I came across these adorable Kewpie dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama, Japan. The dolls were not handmade, but they were wearing little handmade 浴衣(yukata, or a casual version of the kimono)! When I laid eyes upon them, they immediately brought me . . . → Read More: Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation
I’ve been living in the States for 4 years now, and I tend to forget about those Italian holidays that are less important here or not celebrated at all. Easter, sadly, is one of those holidays. In Italy Pasqua is the second most important religious holiday after Christmas. The Monday that follows is . . . → Read More: “Happy Easter”, or “Buona Pasqua” for the Italians out there!
starting 5pm PDT on April 19, and through midnight PDT on May 8, Marcopoloni will donate 5% of net proceeds from our online sales to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund through GlobalGiving.org . . . → Read More: Marcopoloni to Donate Proceeds to Japan Relief Efforts
It looks like almost all countries in the Western World somehow celebrate on the first day of April of every year. Everyone seems to do it in a different way though, and if some countries celebrate the day with practical jokes and general foolishness only until noon, in Italy – like . . . → Read More: April Fool’s Day is Pesce d’Aprile in Italy!
Across Italy and many other countries, March 8th is known as Women’s Day (or “Festa della Donna”).
Some say it celebrates historical achievements such as women’s right to vote, some say it’s in memory of a tragic fire which killed all of the women who worked in a textile company in New York, . . . → Read More: Women’s Day (Festa della Donna): Girls Night Out or just Flowers?
This week I was looking for an alternative side dish to our usual salad and I decided to try a fennel salad recipe I found in my Cucino Io cookbook.
The recipe calls for
4 fennels 2 anchovies 1 tablespoon of grated Parmigiano Reggiano 1 tablespoon of grated parsely olive oil 2 tablespoons white . . . → Read More: Fenoci in Salata – Fennel Salad Recipe
It may not exactly be restaurant-quality, but given the time and effort involved, this porcini pasta is deceptively good. This dish was gobbled up as quickly as it was made. . . . → Read More: Super Simple and Quick Porcini Pasta
happy new year 2011 and thank you for a great 2010. . . . → Read More: Happy New Year!