Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Happy Anniversary, amore!

Five for us, and thirty for my parents! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013


A little pre-anniversary celebration. Yesterday afternoon we strolled through the Parco delle Cascine which runs along the Arno river, and during the day is a beautiful place to picnic, play, or just enjoy as is. Unfortunately, after-dark it is not the greatest place to be, as it is pretty much left unguarded by any kind of security. I have read that there are some plans to revitalize and clean up the area a bit (great place for concerts, we have seen Radiohead and Blonde Redhead there) which would be a great move as it is one of the greatest spots in Florence.    

We walked until Ponte all'Indiano

Lonley planet informs us about the "monument to Rajaram Cuttiputti, an Indian maharajah who, while holidaying in Florence in 1870, came down with gastro-enteritis and died. His retinue was surprisingly granted permission to cremate him by the river. Four years later a statue and memorial were designed by British artisans."

Poor guy.

Some baseball and soccer games

For dinner we finally ventured to Ristorante India on the hill of Fiesole. May I just say yum yum yum yum? 
We thankfully fared much better than the maharajah.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

graduation day

Another day in Bologna! We went to watch our friend Giovanni present his thesis and graduate to earn his medical degree (the first step, now 5 years of specialistic study). The very intimidating day includes presenting your research in front of a panel of your professors and an auditorium full of students, family, and friends. Then you are required to answer follow up questions. After all the students are finished, the professors convene for a few minutes, they announce your grade, and you are done! A process I'm oh so glad I did not have to go through. I do, however, approve of the eating, drinking, and celebrating after.

Oh, and the new guy in Rome stole my husband's name!

Announcing their grades

He did very well, and the owner of the characteristic "Trattoria Annamaria" honored the graduate with a pen!

They were amazed with the advances in modern medicine.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Where or where would I be without my morning and afternoon dose of iced soy latte?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

christmas in march

Part of my Christmas present from Francesco was tickets to see Beach House in Bologna, and the day finally came! We made a quick stop in a lovely photography store, Arcobaleno foto, to pick up some film, followed by aperitivo at Swine Bar. The concert was everything we had been waiting for since the last time we saw them a few years ago, opening for Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. Aesthetically (even if not captured through iphone photos) the stage was one of the best I have seen in a while, clean cut with perfect lighting. The incredible vocals of Victoria can do no wrong. We left as very happy campers! Happy Sunday!

Swine Bar

Projection from a bar which blasted the accompanied bluesy music

Rainy Bologna 

Pear Chutney

Seitan Tajine

Beach House at Estragon

Friday, March 8, 2013

otto marzo

A very happy Women's Day to all you ladies!
I am reperusing the work of a lovely lady in "Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs". Photographer,  vegetarian activist, and entrepreneur, plus 4 kids to to tote!  An awesome female to say the least, and a personal inspiration. I hope I can make it up to the retrospective this summer in Vienna.

Some scrumptious leftover butternut squash soup with homemade croutons for this rainy day. Real Food Daily cookbook never lets you down!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Masterchef wannabes

Starting the morning off right at the market

preparing lemon tart

Beginning the process for our Tagliolini al nero di carbone e caviale di lamponi

Raspberry puree 

The pasta...

Four hours later...

It was fate that we made our meal the same colors as the boy's team

And of course a few million games of FIFA after dinner and Milan's victory.