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.Read More
W’RE NEARLY AN APP!
We are in the final approval stages with Vook and Apple, so it’s time to let the cat out of the bag and share our news. We are about to publish our first CookVook, a blend of video and favorite recipes.
Things to say goodbye to: truffles, olives, salumi, fall light, apertivo, the hills…..Read More
It’s that time again, Festa del Bosco in Montone. A weekend long celebration of all things fall: chestnuts, truffles, mushrooms, fresh olive oil, new wine, cheeses, salumi. Town has been buzzing all week as everyone gets ready for this extravaganza of deliciousness.Read More
Traveling to Friuli? Great Wine, Food, Mountains and People. Bring your bike. -A beach in Puglia more your style? Can you keep a secret? Go to the Gargano. –Or a gorgeous, rocky beach with outstanding mussels? Go to Monte Conero in Le Marche -Umbrian Wines and Vineyards: Enologica Montefalco Festa: an amazing annual tasting…Read More
Like proscuitto and melon, the marriage of a ripe tomato, bufala mozzarella and fresh basil, the insalata caprese, is a match made in heaven. And right now, today, in Umbria, with tomatoes and basil from our orto, it is the time and the place to be eating a caprese salad.Read More
The guns are blasting outside, so it must be hunting season in Umbria. Mushroom hunters battle for territory, clusters of men dressed in camouflage gather on the sides of the road clutching walkie talkies in one hand and the lead of a barking dog in the other. Cinghiale is hunted ‘in battuta’ meaning the…Read More
Del Verziere! Del Verziere! Del Verziere! Del Verziere! Although I'm sure the news has gone global by now, our rione, Del Verziere has won the 2009 Palio della Santa Spina. The winner was announced Saturday night, the piazza erupted and the party went on all night long. Sunday we all dressed up yet again and…Read More
What could be better than a Sunday bike ride adventure? Fresh air, exercise, places we’ve never been before and no-guilt eating! Our friend Pamella gave us this fantastic little guide book for bike rides in Umbria, and yesterday we followed a 52km route that started in the ancient town of Gubbio, then went straight up…Read More
1) Umbria has gorgeous, dramatic fog and mist and last night’s mellow sunset with wisps of clouds was melancholy and romantic all at the same time. 2) Beans. Italy has great dried beans. I adore Zolfino beans, but last night our beans were from Purgatory and no, they did not cause any unnatural disturbances that…Read More