How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind, similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host for the Church , from her they took their name. They are… More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂
Ever seen before? ever tried? A typical product from this thermal city in Tuscany that is Montecatini Terme, just 15km from Pistoia. Loved them since I was a child : simply as they are or together with ice cream, vin santo dessert wine or an espresso coffee or hot chocolate ….😋😋😋 They are made of… More MadeinPistoia : cialde di Montecatini Terme ( Pistoia’s district thermal city)
Pistoia is not only art & architecture , greenhouses & stunning landscapes but you can also find …fashion ! http://www.icashmerissimi.com produces beautiful & soft jumpers , gilets ,capes & scarfs, gloves , socks hats all made of cachemire, or silk & cachemire in fashionable multicolours both for women & men. Visited the outlet in the Pistoia’s… More MadeinPistoia : multicolour cachemire made in Tuscany
Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis between North & South : the actual Duomo square became in… More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany
Many foreign people that I met during the years have never heard about it! It’s just an easy & healthy way of eating raw vegetables dipping them in extra virgin olive oil 😋😋😋 from our Tuscan hills ( this was another present from Valeria ❤️💋thank you soo much! pressed yesterday evening & straight away… More Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!
As you know Sardinia is my second home in summer time since more than 40 years but I hadn’t ever been in this special hotel before : just in the heart of Sardinia & surrounding by a gorgeous wild nature that fascinated me soooo much! Words can’t describe as beautiful it is & neither photos… More Su Gologone : a fantastic experience hotel with a unique charming atmosphere & a real Sardinian style!
Let’s start a new category for my blog : I DON’T WANNA BE MASTERCHEF ! Who said Italian women are always cooking elaborated meals?? We are very busy as every woman in the world is but….we don’t like to buy cooked food by other people ( or at least is what I am not doing… More I don’t wanna be Master Chef : my easy pumpkin & leek soup ( as Italian women are not all chefs!)
Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles fruits – colesterol free +… More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake
Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to… More Pan coi Santi : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?
A right dressing can really makes THE difference for all your salads ! In this period in Tuscany we are pressing the new extra virgin olive oil & I love it on my salad , with some drops of balsamic vinagre & pomagranate🙃👍😉 delicious👏👏👏 And you? which do you prefer?click here & know more about… More Do you know which is the best dressing for your salad ?
My grandfather Dino was used to say : “the simplest it is the best it tastes ” if the ingredients are top quality , I should add nowadays… This is the same for the real Tuscan bruschetta: no chopped tomato! just a toasted slice of Tuscan unsalted bread , extra virgin olive oil ,… More How to make the real “bruschetta” with just pressed Tuscan new extra virgin oil
This morning I smelt a great aroma while I was walking in the supermarket, I turned and what I saw? This big big mortadella !!! it was taller than me!! 😂😂😂 The Giant mortadella Veroni since 1925 in Correggio Emilia www.veroni.it more than 2000 kg 👏👏🔝🔝🔝 Couldn’t resit and buy a piece: eaten in 10 minutes with… More Foodlovers : ever tried a giant mortadella?if not ,you should !
I would like to ask you if you miss, sometime or very often ☺️, a city as much as I miss London. To me it is a kind of nostalghia or , as I learned in Portugal , the “saudade” a strange , deep feeling inside your stomac, in your heart growing every day a… More London to me : missing a city as a person,is it possible ?
In Italian these orange beautiful tasty fruits with thin peel are called Kaki or cachi but in my area we call them Loti as lotus , the flower. My grandmother used to offer this since I was a baby girl & telling me that it was filled with little toungues & in fact you can… More Made in Pistoia : seasonal fruits”loto” & “giuggiole”
Have you ever heard about this part of Sardinia island? It is just in the middle of the island near the beautiful town of Nuoro and Cala Gonone, on the coast with its stunning clifts on the emerald sea. I’ve been here to visit a friend who lives here and I loved Orgosolo , the… More Sardinia’s heart : Orgosolo , no seaside… but murales!
My grand-grandmother Inès used to prepear these at home during autumn season when in Pistoia’s countryside farmers killed pigs to make sausages,ham,ciccioli,salame & ….these original kind of crêpes made of pig’s blood . In Italy we have a saying : “del maiale non si butta niente! ” in English :We use all parts of… More MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!
Can’t resist to take pictures of this magnificent mushroom ! These scented funghi , as we call them in Italian, are so good when are from our local mountains just around my birthtown Pistoia. Some friends of mine can recognize which one are good & edible & usually find them & give me as a… More Portrait of a Tuscan porcino mushroom
Maybe you think you know how do it – very easy indeed – and maybe… you can even drink it – very good and easy too – but …. do you know how to wash properly a coffee machine? Let’s have a look here….to have the best coffee your machine has to be perfectly… More Espresso coffee : do you really know how to clean a coffee machine?
A very very simple Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped into hot milk or tea ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because… More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been
So many different shades of green around Pienza ! Loved this area near Siena where the hills seems to be painted… Don’t need many word to describe what I saw , juat have a look to these landscapes Enjoy!
Ever been inside a laboratory & see how they make your tasty breakfast pastries? that’s what I did in my town,Pistoia, last morning : visited one of my fav patisserie but ,this time , on the “backstage”as I used to call it 😉the other side of the moon 🌝🌚maybe I should say ,where you can… More Portrait of a pastry : ever seen how to make a “pain aux raisins”in a patisserie?
Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and… More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet
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If you need an elegant , classy location but at the same time a warm, welcoming place where to eat with your family or friends , for a business luncheon or dinner to sign an agreement or to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary , this is the best place in town , since 1926… More Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸
Cannot find better words to describe my town , Pistoia , than those used by the American journalist , Barbara Jones , that I had the pleasure to meet in 2008 . She wrote for the Los Angeles Daily News and in her article she describes so well the city and its beauties… More Pistoia : a medieval,hidden gem,in Tuscany
If you decide to visit Liguria & 5 Terre don’t miss a schiacchetrá tasting in one of the small cellers of this area.This is in Riomaggiore where there is ” la via dell’amore” the love’s street just on the clift around this village. I love this sweet ,dry , aromatic wine : the production is… More Ever heard about 5 Terre delicious & precious wine : schiacchetrà?
By ristorante La Ruota near Moneglia http://www.laruotamoneglia.it we had a great food experience: starting with a glass of Prosecco everything comes sooo easy for everybody !even the most difficult receipe!👏👏👏 Edoardo , the owner – chef , was so nice & funny to explain his receipes & so we had a lot of fun ,… More Cooking class with porcini mushrooms & ..a glass of Prosecco in your hand!
“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands… More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!
As many Tuscan & Italian typical specialities this is a very simple one . What is it? A kind of white pizza ( flour ,yeast , water , salt )just topped with extra virgin oil & some salt before putting into the oven😉can be thin & crunchy or thick & soft or crispy outside &… More What is focaccia ? The best ways to taste it !
Giardino di Scornio was created on a basis of an Italian garden just around the old villa called Villone Puccini ( in English it means big villa)dated 1702-04 . At the end of the 19th century Niccoló Puccini , heir of the Puccini’s family from Pistoia ,with the help of a landscape architect started the… More My Central park in Tuscany – Pistoia
September is the harvest time & I love this season of the year for the colours it brings,the mild temperature – after the sunny hot summer – & because of its food products : figs,plums &….grape!!! This schiacciata is a typical seasonal tuscan kind of cake : in the past we could find it only… More It’s harvest time in Tuscany!ever tried schiacciata con l’uva?
What a better way to end a long first working week after summer holidays ? Have pizza with friends by Il Pollo d’Oro pizzeria & restaurant , since 1962 on your service! http://www.ilpollodoro.com Pizza is a full meal you can have for every occasion – including breakfast ! – a way to share a very… More On Friday night a Pizza is a must!
Ever celebrated a birthday party for breakfast?? My friends & I did it this morning in a nice café in Pistoia called Evo Cafè http://www.evocaffe.it Our common friend was just 40 last August but everyone was on holiday so cannot celebrate it. So, we decided to have breakfast all together before going to work this… More A surprise birthday party for breakfast🍰🎂☕️for ladies only🎁
Yesterday evening I visited the 48th edition of this wine event called “Festa del vino”: Montecarlo is such an amazing small village between Pistoia & Lucca known especially for its white wine but also for the red one . Unfortunately not many tourists know this rich terroire of wineyards …hope with this post it can… More Montecarlo di Lucca : a wine hamlet in Tuscany – wine festival until September 8th!
I have the pleasure to announce you this fab tour for the next spring 👍😉 A great Italian experience with lots of food, wine , art , shopping & of course …..fun! I will be one of the local hosts & will be happy to share my beautiful region with you. Have a look to… More Visit & taste the highlights of Tuscany with this tour ( & with me 👍😉🍷)
What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies &… More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”
What a better way to start a summer day than leaving our men on the beach & go to the market for some shopping & chats ? Nothing! So many original things on these stalls just in the small heart of , San Pantaleo , a village on the Emerald coast . During the summer… More Sardinia : shopping & fun ( for ladies only !)at the seaside market
Since many years after having had a relaxing time on the Sardinian beach I used to drive until this simple big farmhouse near Paradise coast to buy the best sheep cheese ever tasted! This time ,as in October I will lead a group from California in Sardinia & would love to visit him I’ve asked… More Sardinia : goodbye my shepard!
Did you know since the Roman Era this granite was very popular all over the Mediterranean area? The Romans had their caves just in this Northern part of the island & ship them to Rome. Still today it is exported all over the world and this is one of the most requested kind of precious… More Sardinia : granite cave near the seaside
A modern location in the wineyards that produces this good quality wine black & white , Cannonau & Vermentino that I love mostly😍❤️and others. http://www.vignesurrau.it Beautiful art exibition close to wine bottles to remind you that making wine is an art too😉 Enjoy !