Tag Archives: Italy

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

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.

Exterior Ispirazione

6 Aug

As you get to know us, you’ll learn that we love a good project and a good reno, and that we’re mostly of the Do It Yourself persuasion. That said, overhauling a home across the Atlantic isn’t the scale project we wanted to tackle — not just yet, anyway. That Casa del Sole needs no major renovations or repairs is one of the many wonderful things about this house.

One of the first projects we’ll take on is a quick and easy facelift to the casa’s exterior. Nothing says welcome — benvenuto! — nor piques interest as does a beautiful exterior. Mother and I threw around a few ideas for a color palette for the shutters and the front door — mustard? grass green? some degree of turquoise? We prematurely settled on a golden mustard. It would go so well with our casa’s name — house in the sun — we thought. But after stumbling upon photos of Colleta di Castelbianco in Liguria and La Batiste de Marie in Provence, there was little doubt that cornflower blue, with its simple, rustic and soothing hue, was it for us.

The main wall of the home’s exterior is in fantastic condition and in a neutral color, which works so well in our favor. We’ve come up with this inspiration board to guide us (here you can see a our friend hanging out in front of casa). With nothing more than a can of paint, a few pots and plants flanking the door and hanging from a window box,  and a small bistro for morning espresso or meals al fresco, we’ll give Casa del Sole’s exterior just the easy makeover she needs.

Tell us, what do you think of our scheme?  What inspires you in design and decor?

Featured image of La Batiste de Marie via Habitually Chic

A House in Italy

4 Aug

Monterosso Calabro

On July 23, we bought a small home in a small, rustic village in southern Italy. The home is part of a 12th century palazzo in the village of Monterosso Calabro, and we are its third owners. It’s a bit surreal, and completely fantastic.

This small home is a dream, to say the least. The venture is between myself, Bárbara, my husband, David, and my mother, Yolie. That said, it’s really a project for mother and I, who immediately after purchase began pulling inspiration photos, colors, furniture ideas, art, plants, flowers. We even chose a name for our Italian cat, Figaro (every good house needs a cat), whom we’ll rescue from a street upon arriving in our village. And that was just the beginning.

It cannot go without mention that I have loved this village from the time I was 13 years old and first visited. Today I am 30, and I am just as in love with Monterosso. I must thank my dear friends Gail, Ann and Joe for introducing me to Monterosso, and for changing my life in ways none of us could have then imagined.

This blog is journal of our family’s adventure in renovating, decorating and living in our house in the sun — in Nostra Casa del Sole. We hope you’ll join us as we muse about life in a village thousands of miles away from the daily lives that have made such an adventure possible.

Ciao Ciao!

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