Category Archives: Travel

Eleuthera + Conch Chowder Recipe

Eleuthera, meaning freedom, is one of the out-islands in the Bahamas.  It is 110 miles long, but considered very rural, with a population of only 8,000, and no major resorts or hotels.  The island is known for some of the … Continue reading

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Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Soup

Tuscan White Bean & Sausage Soup 1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed 2 quarts unsalted chicken broth 1/2 bunch fresh kale, stems removed, leaves torn into small pieces 1 medium onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 1 celery stick, … Continue reading

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San Miniato: Truffle Hunt and Village

We drove about 1.5 hours to a farm near San Miniato, the truffle capital of Tuscany.  It was another perfect day, and on this day we would be treated to a walk and truffle hunt in the beautiful countryside of … Continue reading

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Villa DiMasseto

We stayed at Villa DiMasseto, a private home available for rental, located in Olmo about 10 miles from Florence.  It is exquisite!  The tower here was first constructed 1200 years ago, and the villa was built in 1100 AD.  The … Continue reading

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Castello del Trebbio

Castello del Trebbio was built in the 12th century by the Pazzi family.  The Pazzi were another extremely influential banking family, second only to the Medici (that’s the second time I’ve heard that).  As with the Guadigni, the Pazzi were … Continue reading

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Fiesole: Sunset at Villa San Michele

Wednesday evening, we went to the Villa San Michele, situated on a hill in Fiesole overlooking all of Florence.  Founded by Franciscan monks in the 15th century, the villa was eventually acquired and renovated by Henry White Cannon (Cannon camera) … Continue reading

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San Gimignano & Siena

The morning started off drizzly in Olmo at our villa, so we got in the car and headed south to the ancient medieval village of San Gimigango.  After about a 30 minute drive, the rain broke and the clouds parted and … Continue reading

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Florence

The first day in Florence was raining, but it made for beautiful photos, as the light reflected off the streets.  Most of the day was just spent walking the streets near the Duomo snapping photos.  My friend Karen Morgan recommended … Continue reading

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Italy or Bust!

One more day until I leave for Florence!  I will post photos, recipes, and stories each day.  Our fearless leader, Danika Boyle from Petite Peche & Co., has prepared an itinerary including a truffle hunt, tour of Il Castello del … Continue reading

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