Monthly Archives: September 2013

“The mountains are calling and I must go”

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Muir Raised as a hiker, I know exactly what that wise Scot was talking about. And while, ideally, I’d be scampering across the Sierra Nevada batholith, anywhere Navajo Sandstone is exposed or being … Continue reading

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World-Class Cycling Just Outside My Door

It’s not everyday that you have some of the world’s best athletes passing literally RIGHT in front of your house. It’s almost time for the first test race to start from Pistoia, and when they do they’ll be heading directly … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned from Italy: Eating Local

One of the things I  admire most about Italians is how connected they are to their land. It’s a benefit of living in the same area for thousands of years. They’ve become intimately familiar with of the flora and fauna of … Continue reading

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What I love about Italy: wild mushroom hunting

Just around the beginning of September (or more specifically, after the first soaking rain at the end of the summer) there’s a tangible excitement in the air. Old men poke their heads out to observe the sky and note the … Continue reading

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What I love about Tuscany: Schiacciata

Every week, my father-in-law makes a trip to his hometown of Signa (about a 15 minute drive) to make the rounds and say hello to old friends. I don’t remember the first time, when he brought back the so-fresh-it’s-still-warm bread … Continue reading

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Ricette Italiane: Panzanella

The great thing about Italian food is it’s EASY! There’s usually less than 5 ingredients (not including salt, pepper and olive oil which are kind of a given for everything) and there’s not a lot of fancy-shmancy technique! One thing … Continue reading

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Filing on behalf of my alien (an unfinished green card story)…

Since the day Fabio and I finally decided to go ahead and start the paperwork for his green card (we’d be tossing the idea around lightly since early 2012), life has been pretty damn stressful and emotional.  Actually, it kind … Continue reading

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