Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Radicchio di Treviso

Treviso is known for many reasons
This beautiful, charming city is home to Benetton ~ a global luxury fashion brand, appliance maker DeLonghi and Pinarello which is a name brand of Italian hand made bicycles. 

And lastly but not least 

Radicchio di Treviso 

 I was surprisingly surprised that I liked Radicchio di Treviso, as I've had other varieties of Radicchio and wasn't a fan. As for me the other varieties were too bitter. So, I was a bit skeptical to try the one in the photo above. 

My husband prepared the radicchio cut into pieces dressed with olive oil, vinegar, and salt. So simple, yet so delicious. It doesn't have a bitter taste at all. I love it. 

The wild mushroom season is now over and now we have the Radicchio di Treviso to look forward too.

The recipes are endless with Radicchio. 
Risotto with Radicchio di Treviso 
Grilled and Roasted Radicchio di Treviso 
and the list goes on 

As with any vegetable or fruit; the Radicchio is not around all year, so make sure to try it when it is in season, which is now. 

Buon Appetito  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Meet Harley

My husband was spending his Sunday afternoon online looking for a Harley Davidson Motorcycle to buy. I told him to stop wasting his time, as this is no time for a motorcycle.. He than decided to look for a puppy. He knows how much I miss my dog, Kody back home in California and he knows how having a dog here in Italy would make me extremely happy. 

I am used to having big dogs my whole life. Kody, is a shepherd/chow chow mix, or so we think...I was never fond of the smaller dogs. Having a large dog in an apartment is not very nice for the dog however, so we narrowed down our search to a barboncini nano, which is english is a miniature poodle. 

After pages of pages on Subito.it we found the perfect one. 

Tuesday afternoon, we went to see the puppy, and I couldn't believe how poorly the puppy was kept. He was kept in a barn in a cage with his mother. There were more cages, with more puppies. Then, it hit me, this farmer makes his money selling puppies.. Even if that is the case, keep better care of them, PLEASE! 

The puppy we looked at smelled so bad. His hair was all matted and a mess, he reaked of pee and poop. My husband wouldn't even hold him as the stench was unbearable.. But, I didn't mind one bit, I picked him up in my arms, and at the moment I knew he was the one.. Besides, I didn't want him to go back to the barn. I might add, the farmer had no lights for the puppies and dogs in the barn, my puppy never saw light. How cruel can one be? 

Anyhow, we bought him, took him to get groomed, cleaned and home he came with us. Early next week, he has an appointment with the Vet to make sure he is a healthy pup. 

Oh yes, back to his name. Well, as I said earlier my husband wanted to buy a Harley, and that he did that Tuesday afternoon. We named him Harley. He does have an apricot coat, which will get darker as he ages.. With a black collar and leash, and there you have the colors of Harley Davidson. LOL. 

I look forward to going back to California next year, and having Harley meet Kody, and the rest of my family. I am sure all who meets him will fall in love with him as he has quite the personality. 

 Here is Kody and I in 2010.. I thought to share with you guys a couple photos of Kody, since I mentioned him in the blog. He loves to give kisses, such a gentle soul he has. 

I love this photo. For me, I see Kody and Gracie waiting for my return :) 
Gracie is my brothers dog, she is such a sweetheart. 

So, you see I've always had bigger dogs, but now I can surely say, I am quite fond of smaller ones too. 
Harley has quite a BIG personality packed inside his small body. He will surely live up to his name :) 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ho vinto!!

I was never much of a gambler or one to play the scratchers back in California. Maybe once or twice in a blue moon did I play the Big Spin scratcher.. Never won anything, maybe a dollar or two. 

That all changed when I came to Italy. My mother in law introduced me to the 10 Lotto here in Italy among  a variety of scratchers. The first week that I arrived in Italy, I played a miladario, which costs 5 euros and is a simple scratcher. Match any of the numbers with the 5 numbers on the top and when the amount. 

I thought to myself " What could I possibly lose?" So, I played. Maybe it was beginner's luck or a way of Italy saying "Welcome to your new adopted country" but I won 100 euros. I was pretty happy. On and off, I would play a miladario every week or so, or whenever I "felt" lucky. 

One day, my husband and I were doing some shopping in the center of Treviso, and decided to stop in a Tabacchi and buy a  miladario, so the first one, I won 5 euros, so I asked for another one. On the second miladario, I couldn't believe my eyes.. 

Ho vinto 500 euros. Yes, thats right I won 500 euros. 
Wow, I've never won that much money in my life. My husband was a different man that day, completely quite, not a word, and me, well, I was overwhelmed, ecstatic, and happy. I'll never forget the little old ladies watching me that day in the Tabacchi wondering why I was so happy, and probably trying to figure out what in the world I was yelling about. Ha! 

Monday, November 21, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series ~ Lavoro

La Dolce Vita Series ~ Lavoro 

I am so glad that I took up this series with fellow blogger Ciao Christy. Usually, every week I plan what I will write about in this series, but this week, as I reflected I couldn't think of anything, niente in my head that makes my life richer while living in Italy. 

Then it hit me. 

I have so many opportunities to be successful here in Italy. The possibilities are endless.  I have never in my life had a job that I truly enjoyed. Maybe thats why I've got quite a track record.  Lucky for me, I love my job(s). Yes, I said job(s). I work for three different companies and somewhere in between still have time to work on finishing my first cookbook which will be available in early 2012.  

Moving to Italy has been the best decision I've ever made. I am finally on the road to a successful life. 
And it feels AMAZING =) 

So, the sweet life to me, is also having a job you love and I love what I do. I get to meet people from all over the world who love and admire Italy just as much as I do. 

Me ~ as happy as one could be ~ 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dinner Party

Saturday Night we hosted a dinner party at our home. 
The food was prepared by none other than Marco. What a great Chef he is, and yes we are in the finishing process of our cookbook. Stay tuned for the cookbook :) 

We were originally going to have a seafood night, but found out our cousin is pregnant and decided to make an all meat dinner. 

Il menu ~ 

Antipasto ~ Salami, Parmigiano, Olives and Fresh bread 
First Plate ~ Zuchinni, Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes stuffed with pork ground meat, salt, pepper, parsley, one egg, a dash of olive oil and finely chopped Radicchio di Treviso. Baked in the oven for one hour, sprinkled with Parmigiano - Reggiano. Buono! 
Second Plate ~ Spezzatino which is an Italian Stew (not pictured) 
Contorni ~ Polenta and Roasted Potatoes with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic. My personal favorite. 
Dolce ~ Ice Cream Cake 

Not bad for thinking of a menu for 6 in less than one day. 

Saturday Night was a great night with hearty food, great family and great wine. 
Another successful dinner party with family :) 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day Trips ~ Cansiglio

~Colors of Cansiglio in August~

 Friendly and curious cows 

Chocolate Salami, anyone? 

 Fresh and aged cheese ~ Yum

Eating Lunch at the Bianco Bar ( White Bar)
What a view from our table?! 

The grounds of Cansiglio 

Nothing like fresh, cold Mountain water ~ 
Love the old wooded fountain as well ~ 

Cansiglio is a vast plateau of foothills located in the Veneto Region spreading throughout three provinces
Treviso, Belluno, and Pordenone.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Places I love~ La Baita

One of my favorite Trattoria's to visit  in all four seasons. In the summer it is nice to sit outside in the garden, enjoy a nice, simple Italian dish made by Oscar Benetton while in the middle of a wooded  forest surrounded by nothing but nature. 

 For those of you who are not familiar with the word Trattoria, a Trattoria is an Italian Ristorante that serves simple Italian dishes. Mind you, there are no menu's here. It helps if you are fluent in Italian or have someone go with you that is. 

When the season changes to Fall, I admire the intense greenery from inside the warm Trattoria. There are 3 different dining rooms in this old villa. Marco and I enjoyed our meal in the "couples" room, which was richly decorated. It was quite romantic to say the least. 

Each table has a beautiful yet simple flower arrangement  

View of the "couple" room

Table for two  

 First Course ~ Polenta with porcini stuffed sausage
and parsley to top it off. 

Second course ~ Faraona with a prosecco sugu.

A close up of my delicious dinner. 
 Faraona is also known as the Guinea Fowl in America. 

La Baita is a great place to have a delicious yet simple dish. I look forward to going back when the weather changes yet again to winter. As there are winter dishes to look forward to as well as the vast landscape to enjoy. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Restera in November

I went for a bicycle ride along the Sile river, Sunday afternoon. I had to take advantage of the gorgeous, Autumn day. 

un vecchio "burcio" arenato lungo il Sile! 
an old "burcio" stranded along the Sile!

A beautiful villa along the river...

So in love with autumn... =)

Monday, November 14, 2011

La Dolce Vita Series ~ Saturday Nights

La Dolce Vita Series ~ Saturday Nights

Since living in Italy, my life has changed immensely. Each day of the week there is always something new to look forward too. Monday thru Saturday mornings are usually filled with work; however, Saturday nights are when our friends and all of us get together.. It's become quite a tradition. A tradition I hope won't end anytime soon. We are in 3 couples sometimes more. I always say the more the merrier :) . One of the couples will make a masterpiece of a dinner at their home and  we  will bring the vino! The next Saturday, it's the other couples turn and so on.. It's a great time to catch up with each other,  enjoy great food, great wine and great company. 



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Friday, November 11, 2011


In honor of Veterans day; I couldn't find this entry any more fitting. 
Italy has so many different Festivals  throughout the entire year. Ranging from Festa di Suca 
 ( Festival of Pumpkins) to Festa di Funghi ( Festvial of Mushrooms) to Festa di Alpini which has been by far one of the more festivals that I truly have enjoyed. 

The Alpini formed in 1872. They are the elite mountain warfare soldiers of the Italian Army. 

On a hot summer day, we attended the Alpini Festival in the mountains of Northern Italy. What a beautiful time was had. We celebrated with great food, great wine, and great company. I made many new friends that day, young and old some were former Alpini soilders, some were currently serving in the Italian Mountain Troops. 

The "dinning" room 


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day Trips ~ Molinetto della Croda

Traveling along the vast landscape of Northern Italy; we made a stop at Molinetto della Croda. Molinetto is a water mill that was built in the 17th century and in the 20th century after many years of decline, the mill was bought and carefully restored into a museum of milling

I took a short video of my surroundings : 

Italy and all of it's wonders never ceases to amaze me. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Places I love ~ Ristorante Da Brun

Nestled in the lush, vast landscape of Cison di Valmarino lies one of my favorites places to eat :
 Da Brun Ristorante. Located only 45 minutes outside of Treviso. 

 A little history of Da Brun : 

Family owned and operated since 1957
All of the food and wine is made on their land. 
Everything is fresh and organic. 
Oh, yes, and the panorama from the outside seating areas are simply amazing. 

View from our table 

The "ceiling" so to speak. Covered with grape vines. 

Another angle of our view from our table. 

 Yes! Thats right, they produce and bottle their own Prosecco! Nothing more refreshing than a nice, cold glass of Vino Frizzante Bianco on a hot summer day. 

Homemade Sopressa Salami with lard and served with aged Cheese. 

              Freshly made bread aka Pane 

                                                   Me ~ Happily content in my surroundings

                                A view of the outside seating area during the spring and summer.

If any of you guys are ever in the area. I highly recommend to stop by Da Brun Ristorante, I promise you won't be disappointed. The food is simple and of great quality. 

Day Trips ~ Venezia

I must admit living less than 20 minutes away from Venice is quite nice. On a hot summer day in July, Marco and I braved the tourists and went to the city of water for the day.

It was quite overwhelming with all the millions of tourists that flooded the ever enchanting city. I still found a sense of mystery, and beauty walking along the streets of a city that was founded  in 421 A.D.  I would have to agree that Venice is undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.

I've been told Venice is even more magical in the Fall and Winter. The city is not as crowded with tourists and when the fog rolls in, it is even more mysterious and romantic. Can't wait, maybe Sunday?!