A Great Italian Romance: Sweet on Merenda

There comes a certain time of day when all minds in Italy wander towards one thing and one thing only – Merenda.   We are all distracted with sweet thoughts of Merenda, how lovely to feel Merenda’s touch on our lips. It is a desire so strong that few are able to resist.   Of […]

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Traditional Italian Recipe: Just add wine

The secret to all Italian dishes is great quality ingredients…and a dash of know-how. [Photo by Thomas Tolkien] A good excuse for opening a great bottle of wine is known in Italian as ‘cena’ – that is, dinner. Italians usually drink at least a glass of wine with each meal*. The wine may be bought […]

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Slow & Steady Wins the Taste – Slow Food in Tuscany

The knock at the door of our apartment in Tuscany came in the early evening. ‘Sono io’ – ‘It’s me’, cried out our neighbour. Opening the door, we were presented with a steaming saucepan. ‘Assaggia’, he said. ‘Taste this’. Our neighbour is like many typical Italians – a ‘buongustaio’ (someone with good taste, gastronomically speaking), […]

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Tuscan Wine at the ‘VINO AL VINO’ Festival in Panzano

The Tuscan countryside flashes post-card perfect before us as we curve along the winding Tuscan countryside roads on our way from Florence to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. The cypress-pierced Tuscan landscape arches up as if wanting to lift the trees even closer to the perfect blue Tuscan sky. Quaint farmhouses watch out over their metered […]

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