Welcome to my blog— where my professional and personal lives collide. I prefer to build a partnership with my clients, so it's important that you know the type of person with whom you'll be working and this will certainly shed some light on what I'm all about. I hope you enjoy my little slice of life!

Siena through my lens


I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we’ve been back in the United States. It’s flown by— Christmas is in less than a week and I still haven’t finished my shopping, let alone blogging about our final trip through Italy. Argh. So in an effort to distract myself from the shopping that still needs to happen, let’s take a short visual tour through Siena…who’s with me?! The hilly city of Siena was a lovely place to visit, but in all honesty, at this point in our Italian lives, we were SO ready to be packing up and moving back to the USA, that it somewhat blinded me towards the tail-end of the road […]

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Wine Tasting in Chianti


Our ride from Bologna to Siena was gorgeous, to say the least. We pulled over a few times, just to take in the view. The rolling hills were dotted with vineyards and olive groves, all in shades of green and gold with hints of red that teased fall. It was true countryside, with the two-lane road (Strada del Vino) reminiscent of northern Napa Valley, but woven through rolling hills instead of a valley floor. I’m pretty sure this is exactly what everyone in America thinks Italian countryside looks like. The best possible stereotype. Upon our arrival in Siena (technically, we stayed in the little village of Pontignanello, which was a 10-minute car ride from Siena), […]

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Bologna: There for the Food


Emilia-Romagna is known for its foods and colorful markets and since Bologna is the capital, I was excited to visit. I’m going to be completely honest— my whole mission while visiting Bologna was to eat as much food as possible. And visit the markets. But mostly eating bolognese served in different forms. Tagliatelle, lasagne…if “insert-a-type-of-pasta-here alla bolognese” was on the menu, I was going to order it. Sadly, I didn’t even bother taking many photos of all the bolognese because I was that focused on tasting the deliciousness. But the added bonus of this trip was discovering the city of Bologna itself. The beautiful arcades that lined the streets, the feel of the history with […]

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Running Victory Formation


In (American) football, victory formation is used when the quarterback takes the snap and immediately kneels to the ground, ending the play on contact. Typically, it’s run when a team is winning and just needs the clock to run down, in order to preserve the win. After almost 26 months (!!) we are running victory formation in our household. Today is the day Dave presented and defended his thesis (and received an “A – Excellent” mark, I might add). He is now a Master of Viticulture and Enology. Today, we celebrate. I’ll write more about my thoughts on this whole adventure later, once I wrap my mind around the fact that it’s coming to an […]

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Saturdays in Parma


I mentioned that we kicked off our Italian road trip with a pasta-making class, which was awesome, but after our tasty learning experience, we headed to Bologna, which would also serve as our home base for exploring Parma. I should back up and mention that I had high hopes for this voyage. A few weeks prior to leaving, I had reached out to Parmesan cheese producers about a visit and sadly, didn’t hear back. Dashed were my hopes of running through the aisles of a Parmesan factory, flanked by huge rounds of delicious cheese (see here). I had also reached out to balsamic producers in Modena, but as it ended up, visiting wasn’t feasible after […]

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Pasta Making 101


Who better to teach us how to make pasta than the Italians? This was something I’d been dying to do since we had arrived. I even looked into enrolling in cooking school for visa purposes when we were getting ready to move here. But all of the schools were not cheap. As I was reading up on places we intended to go on our end-of-school Italian road trip, I found out about Casa Artusi in Forlimpopoli (in the province of Emilia-Romagna) and they offered classes that didn’t break the bank. Also included was tour of the area and history of the cooking school, which was offered in English. What I didn’t realize, however, was that […]

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