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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A little-known Tuscan treasure: San Casciano

Think Tuscany – or dream Tuscany as the case may rightly be! – and perhaps your mind travels to Italy and winds up in Siena and the charming village town of San Gimignano village towns in Tuscany. Maybe you mentally visit the wonderful Cortona (of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ fame) or some other charming Tuscan […]

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Panzano&Panzanella – the best of Tuscany

Right now, the countryside is full of spring fever, the air heady with the perfume of the jasmine blooming with great vigour on the fences and stone walls that enclose gardens bursting with brightly coloured flowers, vegetable patches birthing delicious spring fruit and vegetables. The pomegranate trees hold bright orange flowers, and the grass underneath […]

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