Benvenuto!

Benvenuto! Welcome!

Hello and welcome! Nice to see you!

This site is about all the things I love and experiences that I have had – a little bit of everything:

Where to go. What to cook. Where to eat. What to drink. What craft projects to create.

I have many passions – travel, cooking, entertaining, and creative projects.

I am fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time in Italy and Europe and I am often asked by friends and family what they should do or see on their trip.

I’m a huge fan of “cook once and eat twice”.

I knit years ago and recently started knitting again, which caused me to realized how much I missed the art of creating.

I like to share travel tips and other great ideas that will save you time and money and will help you find a special  memory on your own trip.

I hope you use this site to help plan your next trip, plan your next meal, or plan your next project.

Thanks for coming to visit, and I hope to see you again soon!

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Viaggiare è Vivere! (To travel is to live!)

Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew

The title of this recipe, Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew sounds a bit like a law firm. Or maybe this is just on my mind as I work with a lot of law firms. Or maybe I’m thinking about work because the Clifford Porter I use is from Clifford Brewing and I happen to work with the very… Continue reading Porter Pancetta Porcini Oxtail Stew

Banana Chocolate Redemption Muffins

Today, February 20, is Louis Riel Day, which is a holiday in Manitoba. If you live in Ontario, Alberta or Saskatchewan, you have today off to celebrate Family Day. Today in Price Edward Island, you get to sleep in as it is Islander Day. Americans are celebrating Presidents Day. For the rest of North America,… Continue reading Banana Chocolate Redemption Muffins

1000 Miglia

Zoom! Zoom! If you live in Toronto, tomorrow (February 17 – 26, 2017) is the start of the Canadian International Auto Show, a great event for car enthusiasts and potential new car owners. However, if you need an excuse for a trip to Italy in May, and you are an antique car buff, the 1000… Continue reading 1000 Miglia

Valentine’s Violette Lava Cakes

This is a public service announcement: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. You still have time to let your special someone think you were organized and thought of them. Valentine’s Day always comes with pressure. Buy flowers. Book a nice restaurant.  Get a card (I’m horrible at cards, sorry Pete!). If you happen to be taking a break… Continue reading Valentine’s Violette Lava Cakes

Salute! A Day to Celebrate!

The month of February has many things going for it. It is the shortest month of the year, with 28 days. It is the quirkiest month of the year, with that leap day showing up every 4 years. Valentine’s Day on February 14th arguably makes February the most romantic month of the year. But what February… Continue reading Salute! A Day to Celebrate!

Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Sweet potatoes are showing up everywhere. Want a “healthy” french fry? Sweet potato fries. Want a colourful mash for Thanksgiving or any other family get-together? Sweet potato mashed potatoes (and, if you’re old enough to remember, sweet potato mashed potatoes topped with marshmallows). Sweet potato soup? Why not! Remember when we made Chicken Tinga Tacos for National Taco Day? We used chipotle peppers… Continue reading Sweet and Smokey Potato Soup

Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day! Let’s hope that the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow and winter will be over soon. I never want six more weeks of winter. Snow! Cold! Shovelling! ICK! I am so over winter! Why exactly do we trust our weather forecasting to a furry little rodent? Punxsutawney Phil (the American Groundhog) only… Continue reading Groundhog Day!