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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.

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Image source: J.K. Place Capri

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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.

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

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!

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

Buon giorno!

6 Jan

Clearly we haven’t gotten a hang of the blog thing just yet. We realize we’ve posted just twice since August. Sorry! We’re working on a few things and should have great news to share quite soon. Until then, we leave you with this stunning post by Darby from one of our favorite blogs, Fly Through Our Window. Darby and her twin sister, Erika (who also has a great blog, Urban Grace), explored Italy in June. The post has an incredible accompanying photo slide show that makes us want to be in Monterosso PRONTO!

Until soon friends!

Ciao ciao

Image Source: Screen shot from Fly Through Our Window.

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