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Lunch with Farmers in Tuscany (Video)

I spend several months each year in Italy – in the middle of nowhere, Tuscany. My next door neighbors are olive farmers, and in the past eight years that I’ve lived here, we’ve become pretty close. Every day the farmer and his family sit down together for a traditional Tuscan country lunch. Over the years (of inviting myself over with …

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Foodie International’s Top 11 Eats of 2011

2011 has been one incredible culinary adventure. I’ve had an amazing opportunity to travel over 100,000 miles and eat my way through 21 countries around the world. The stories of my food-fueled travels appear on this blog, and will continue to emerge in the new year. As 2011 comes to a close, here’s a look back at the year’s best …

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Dining at the Beach in Capo d’Orlando Sicily

Three Delicious Local Food Spots on Sicily’s Sunny Capo d’Orlando Capo d’Orlando is a lively (yet laid-back) beach community on Sicily’s northern coastline. This sun-kissed locale sits halfway between the bustling port of Messina and tourist-laden Cefalù, boasting a stunning ocean view of the nearby Aeolian Islands. When I was invited to spend a week at the beach, I had …

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Southern Tuscany’s Soul Food at Latte di Luna

A Small Restaurant in Pienza Makes Suckling Pig a Religious Experience   Located in the stunning hills of Val d’Orcia, between Montepulciano and Montalcino, Pienza is a charming Renaissance village that produces some of the best pecorino cheese in the country. Pienza also serves up Southern Tuscany’s best crispy-skinned suckling pig at family-run trattoria, Latte di Luna. The restaurant specializes …

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What to See and Eat in Florence, Italy

Florence has become a city close to my heart (and stomach) after spending a year abroad there in the mid-90s. It’s one of world’s magical cities, brimming with Renaissance masterpieces and stunning architecture. This is a place where old and new come together, charm meets style, and nothing on earth can compare to a view of the Ponte Vecchio at …

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The Best Pasta All’Amatriciana in Rome

Sugo All’Amatriciana is one of my all-time favorite pasta sauces. A classic Roman staple, the sauce is prepared with a fresh tomato base, guanciale (pig-cheek bacon) and white wine. Sometimes the sauce contains onions or spicy peperoncino; however the most “traditional” style of preparation is up for debate.  Share This:

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What a Foodie Eats at Home in Tuscany

Home is where the heart is, and the way to this woman’s heart is through her stomach. I’m proud to say that in my recent travels through Italy, I’ve picked up some culinary skills of my own. Sometimes there’s nothing better when traveling abroad than staying home for a day, getting creative in the kitchen, and kicking back for some …

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Making Pici Pasta by Hand in Tuscany

Pici is a local specialty. Unless you travel to Siena or its surrounding provinces, you probably won’t stumble across this dish. The thick, hand-rolled, spaghetti-like pasta appears on every single menu in the area. Some popular dishes are: pici al’aglione (with a garlicky tomato sauce) and pici al cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper). Honestly, pici is hit or miss for …

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Great Local Restaurants in Rome, Italy

After deciding to give Rome a chance, my first goal was to find some delicious, authentic Roman cuisine. One of the many reasons I had trouble loving the city was that I could never find a decent meal. So many restaurants in the city’s center are built solely on the tourism industry, serving up sub-par cuisine at jacked-up prices. Years …

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