J.K.Place, Capri

21 Jan

In my mind, I’m going to J.K. Place Capri today after work. Join me?

If we were in M., Capri wouldn’t be quite so far for a weekend trip.

Ciao ciao, B.


Image source: J.K. Place Capri


14 Jan

We’re pretty sure these cushions, with their Moorish quatrefoil design, would suit casa just right. Consider them added to our (growing) wish list. Check COCOCOZY’s new collection out for yourself.


Mangia, mangia!

13 Jan

Food. Glorious food. We won’t lie — we’re foodies.  We talk about food, we read about food, we make food, we photograph food, we share food, we talk about food while on long runs. We’re not prejudiced, either; we embrace cuisines from all over the world. One of our favorites happens to be Italian food. Surprised? Hardly.

One of the many things we’re looking forward to about life in Monterosso will be learning new ways of cooking, new recipes, new ingredients. Simple food made with exquisite ingredients is the way to go. Fresh figs, freshly-cured olives, fresh produce, fresh meats. Did we say fresh figs and freshly-cured olives?  My girlfriend swears that if a fig was a man, I’d have married him. Mrs. Barbara J.Crew-Fig. Thanks Jaime. 🙂

Judy from Over a Tuscan Stove (don’t you love that?) recently shared how to make salt-cured fresh olives (she talks further about the process here). Heaven! The olives, the salt, the pretty glass jar (hey, aesthetics count). They look so beautiful and earthy (and mar-ish, I suppose) and simple in the photos Judy shares. There’s an olive harvest (and a fig harvest!) in M. in the fall. The laborious process of harvesting the olives will undoubtedly yield the most satisfying fruit. Then we’ll get to curing. Can’t wait. We’ll be sure to share every step with you.



A few more simple foods to share: homemade pasta (topped with nothing but good olive oil, salt, pepper and a little lemon — ah),  and these awesome jam-filled buns (the post is in Italian; scroll down and there’s an English-language recipe).

Clotilde over at Chocolate & Zucchini (she’s French, she’s fabulous) writes exquisitely  about the most wonderful foods. She’s always a treat to read, and her recipes are indeed marvelous. As for the jam-filled buns? I’d go with figs. Just a suggestion. 🙂

Ciao ciao, B.


Image Sources: Boudist, Cheese and RacletteOver a Tuscan Stove, Chocolate & ZucchiniFiordizucca

High Gloss Love

12 Jan

Ah, Paloma from La Dolce Vita and High Gloss. A girl — and Internet magazine — after my own heart.

Ciao ciao, B.


Image Source: La Dolce Vita: The Latest High Gloss Happenings

Word of Wisdom Living

12 Jan


“Word of Wisdom Living” — the title alone implies simplicity and pureness. There are so many distractions in our day, so many opportunities to stray from what is good and whole and meaningful. And not just in how we conduct our lives, but also in how we nourish our bodies. Sometimes we need a reminder to stay on good track. Enter Word of Wisdom Living, “a thoughtful conversation about nutrition, by real people,” organized by Skip Helewell.

Word of Wisdom challenges readers to take on 52 small changes — one small change every week of the year. You can do anything for a week, right? I’m going to give this a shot. The motivation to succeed is creating a healthier, better me. What’s to lose?

The first “change” is simple enough: limit sugary drinks and sodas. I don’t drink soda, and I know I can cut back on my sugar intake (bye bye, Starbucks soy iced white chocolate mocha, I’ll miss thee). The wine and Prosecco, however, stay. A girl’s gotta have limits.

The second change I can conquer as well. My fried food intake is pretty low, but certainly there’s room for improvement. I can stick to never (although my husband advises to “never say never”) buying deep-fried foods.

The plan is to check in with you every week and track our progress. Let’s talk about how we’re making our lives richer. What about you? Think you can tackle these two small changes? I hope you’ll join us.

Ciao ciao, B.


Image Sources: Word of Wisdom Living

Color Me Stripes

11 Jan

I love stripes (and polka dots and red lipstick and fedoras and blazers). Always have.  If there’s a top or sweater with a stripe — preferable navy and white, red and navy, white and yellow — I’m all over it, stalking it online or in store until it goes on sale (I’m a coupon/discount/sale diva). I’m also a jeans girl. Blue jeans. White jeans. Gray jeans. The spring looks have me in a wonderful tizzy with their assortments of stripes. How is it that major retail stores and labels have designed collections just for me? I’ll never know, but I am grateful. Feast on these. I’ll be packing a few of them for our March trip to M.

Ciao ciao, B.


Image Sources: Talbots, Land’s End Canvas, Banana Republic, J.Crew, The Gap, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom’s, Anthropologie

Monterosso Calabria in Photos

10 Jan

Our good friend, Gail (pictured above in front of her home, Casa Serena), was the original American in Monterosso. It was she who culled her friends and one by one made them Monterossoni. In an effort to promote Monterosso, Gail a few years back set up a Web site called A House in Italy. It’s a great little site with information about M. — its history, its landscape, its people; how to get there, what to do, where to stay.




As an accompaniment to her site, Gail labored in compiling a wonderful Picasa photo album of M. and the surrounding area. We leave you with a few images from Gail’s album, and encourage you to peruse the full stock of photos for yourself. The pictures alone will make you fall in love, and perhaps you, too, will one day be Monterossini.

Ciao ciao!

Wishing for Spring

10 Jan

The weather today is dreary where I (Barbara) live. There is ice on the roads and the plants, and most of town hibernated until about 11 a.m. It’s not typical weather for south Georgia. I long for warmer weather, sunny skies, al fresco dining and crisp cocktails. This post by Coco + Kelley puts me in the mood to catch a flight out of town, lounge somewhere warm and sip on a Grapefruit Mimosa. Although, we would use Prosecco in place of Champagne. Must make it Italian, after all.

Grapefruit Mimosa

1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup pink grapefruit juice
Champagne (or Prosecco)

Pour cranberry & pink grapefruit juice into a Champagne flute or thin glass. Top with your favorite Champagne, Prosecco or sparkling wine. Serve immediately. Serves 1.

Doesn’t it sound divine? Si!

Ciao ciao!


Image Source: Coco + Kelley

Travellers Calabria

7 Jan

We have just ordered our copy of the new Travellers Calabria after learning about it from Palazzo Pizzo. Exciting! Can’t wait for it to arrive. We are way late on this, as the book was released last summer, but it’s news to us. A few other Calabrians have their copies in hand; check out what Palazzo Pizzo and Bleeding Espresso have to say about the book. Pizzo, coincidentally, is a beach town just down the hill from our own Monterosso. We can’t wait to become friends with them (hint hint)!

Image Source: www.amazon.com

Writing, writing, writing

6 Jan

In our last post we noted that we need to post more. A lot more. In an effort to hold us accountable, we’re participating in WordPress’ PostAWeek 2011 experiment. Yep, we’re committing ourselves to posting at least once a week. If we were really brave we’d be going for the PostADay2011, but you gotta start somewhere, so once a week it is.

Help us stick to it by commenting on our posts. Few things inspire us as much as knowing you’re reading our words.

Here’s to posting more!

Ciao ciao


Image Source: Red Lion Gallery

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