Saturday, June 17

Photos from A Festive Night in Mondavio

Summer festival season has kicked off in Italy! With family and friends in town we drove out of the mountains and towards to the coast to the soft rolling hills of Le Marche for a "Cuisines of the World" festival in Mondavio.  Jason & I were so excited at the prospect of Chinese, Mexican...something other than Italian for the night.

However, as expected the selection of food was not what I would call "of the world" - a few food trucks from Puglia overflowing with taralli, one from Spain serving paella, a craft beer stand with a Japanese name but made locally and of course the busiest food stand: pasta with truffles.  It always impresses us how not matter what size of festival there is (feeding 50 - 500) the pasta is ALWAYS cooked perfectly!

Just as we arrived the medieval festivities began (I have no idea what that has to do with cuisines of the world but...) making the night perfectly Italian.

We meandered about the tiny town, in awe of the massive antique trebuchets/catapults, bought beautiful handmade tablecloths, rocked out to young Italians covering Classic Rock (and doing a damn good job), ate too much pasta and enjoyed a spectacular sunset in good company.

Mondavio (PU) Le Marche, Italy

Wednesday, June 7

Podcast from Italy: New Copper Cookware for our Cooking Classes

It feels like Christmas in June with a huge delivery of copper cookware for our cooking classes!! Jason researched for months and explains his choice  - listen to find out why we chose these handmade Belgium beauties from Falk. Jason is happy to answer any of your questions about the cookware and will let you know his thoughts as he puts them to good use in our kitchen and cooking school.  Plus I read a few more chapters of the book including "Welcome to the Neighborhood" delivering apple pies to our new neighbors...

Thanks for listening! Podcast from Italy #103 - Dowload/Stream on iTunesStitcher or Podbean

And just for fun - here's our cheesy 'unboxing' of this beautiful new set of cookware!!

More to come on these beauties for sure...

Thursday, June 1

Video: A Spring Visit to Piedmont

A Spring visit to Piedmont in the North to meet a few artisan wine makers & visit the famous villages of the wine making area! Barbera, Barbaresco, Alta Langa Brut! We visit Ca' del Baio and Avezza wineries, and tour through the Langhe and Monferrato, with a stop to visit the butcher & pasta maker too.  We filmed this for Babarolo - an American expat that ran a B&B in Piemonte then sold her business to start exporting artisan wines from family run wineries from the area she grew to love and call home. Check out their website for some outstanding wines from Piedmont! 

Watch Primavera in Piemonte

And a few photos from the trip...

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