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Kitchen Garden Gazpacho

By JudithKlinger | August 28, 2011

Happy World Kitchen Garden Day!
Here’s hoping that all our family, friends and everyone else can ride out Hurricane Irene with not too much damage.

Is there a more appropriate way to celebrate International Kitchen Garden day than by making a Garden Gazpacho? I don’t think so!

If you can’t say anything nice…

By JudithKlinger | August 27, 2011

My mother always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” And ordinarily if we go to a restaurant and we don’t like it, we don’t blog it.
But, this one got to me.
We had gone to Il Clandestino in Porto Novo a few years ago and had an astonishing, memorable, can’t wait to go back meal.

And the winner is…

By JudithKlinger | August 21, 2011

Congratulations to del Borgo for winning the 2011 Palio!

We lost by one single point, but the jury gave us high points for our ‘nearly cineographic’ performances.

Montone, the Palio and A Waiting Game

By JudithKlinger | August 20, 2011

Everyone has given their all, and it is now a waiting game.
Who will win the Palio this year?

Montone: In the service of Dionysus

By JudithKlinger | August 19, 2011

By most accounts, our del Verziere spettacolo was a grand success. It came off as a powerful, dramatic piece, and that was the intent. Five all-out rape scenes in a very challenging (as in STEEP) setting also took its toll on us. Skinned knees and elbows, bruises, banged shins, jammed fingers, and scraped toes, all in the service of Dionysus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, theater and ecstasy.

Montone Donazione della Santa Spina: In Bocca al Lupo!

By JudithKlinger | August 17, 2011

Lavinia In bocca al lupo!

In the mouth of the wolf!
I’ll murder it!

And that’s how you wish an Italian good luck. You tell them to look into the mouth of the wolf and they return with full bravado and machismo, “I’ll murder that wolf!”