La Bella Vita - Mostly

La Dolce Vita Veloce

By JudithKlinger | June 29, 2011

Lazy summer days, flip flops, reading a book until you fall asleep. Is this for real? Life in Italia hurtles by at breakneck speed during the summer. The Italians LIVE for summer, the socializing, the dinners, the festas, the concerts, the film festivals; they all tug at you and say, “Come on! It’s summertime!”

And we’ve been doing our best to live la dolce vita.

Cooking Simply: The Italian Way! Goodie Basket Giveaway

By JudithKlinger | May 16, 2011

We’ve hit the e-book Trifecta! Cooking Simply: The Italian Way! is now available on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and iTunes. And to celebrate, we’re giving away a Cooking Simply pantry basket from Gustiamo. Tell me why you deserve this booty!

It’s Festa Season in Umbria!

By JudithKlinger | May 15, 2011

It’s ‘ceri’ weekend in Gubbio, and we do believe it’s the official kick off for all of the fine weather festas in Umbria. For the uninitiated, the ceri (pronounced ‘cherry’) is a race where three enormous wooden, octagonal ‘candles’ are carried upright, on the strapping shoulders of the robust ‘cerioli’ men all the way up to St Ubaldo’s church. Which happens to be so steep, there is a funiculare to carry mere mortals up the hill; and it’s not really a race because they start out in the same order and end up in the same order. That however does not in anyway diminish the enthusiasm of the crowds.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By JudithKlinger | May 11, 2011

It’s orto time! Orto is Italian for a kitchen garden and our garden looks set to keep our kitchens supplied all season long. May the gods of sun and rain smile upon us because we’ve got our pride on the line.