I know I’m late to the game but I’ve just recorded my first podcast interview. I have mentioned my friend Erica Firpo’s podcast CIAO BELLA on social media before. It’s fantastic and I’m not saying that because she’s a close friend. This description of Ciao Bella sums it up perfectly. “Italy’s 21st-century creators – contemporary … Continue reading Chatting with Ciao Bella!
Buongiorno! It’s good to be home. I do miss my family, the beaches, and the warm baguettes, of course but three months is a long time to be away. One thing I love most about living in Italy is grocery shopping. Yes, that’s correct. When I lived in Los Angeles, I had business lunches and dinners almost every … Continue reading Rome Report – What’s In Season At The Farmers Market?
We’re almost done! I’m getting ready to take the ferry back to St. Martin for a few days and then I’m going home. I do miss pain in the butt (sometimes) Rome but thrilled/relieved I was able to finally make it to the job site in Anguilla. Building a new beach house on a small … Continue reading Work in Progress – Anguilla, BWI
Last week my friend Livia invited me to an intimate lunch at the lovely home of Marchesa Violante Guerrieri Gonzaga. Violante is one of the most down to earth Marchese I’ve ever met. Hello, I’ve met people who are Kings and Queens of nothing and yet, as the kids would say, they had a … Continue reading The Most Beautiful Private Terrace in Rome *
I’ve bought baker Sofie Wochner’s cinnamon rolls during the Latteria Studio‘s holiday pop-ups. Big fan. I’ve also heard about the pop-up dinners she and her husband, chef Domenico Cortese, used to hold in various locations through out Rome. Sofie and Domenico have dreamed about opening a restaurant and micro bakery in Rome for years and … Continue reading Marigold – A Delicious Newish Restaurant/Bakery in Rome.
Happy New(ish) Year! I’ve read it’s okay to say this until the end of the month. I made it just under the wire. I cannot believe February 1st is next week. I’ve been meaning to check out the new exhibit at the Ara Pacis since the day it opened. It closes February 17th. If you … Continue reading Marcello Mastroianni Exhibit at the Museo dell’Ara Pacis
I have written about Franco – Italian Chez Dédé before. I heard about this incredibly talented and creative couple, Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla, from the late great Wonderfool. My friend Courtney and I met the lovely Daria at the store/spa and wanted to buy all their bags. Daria and Andrea are quite modest. I didn’t learn … Continue reading Italian Chic – by Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla
I noticed this large abandoned palazzo when I first moved to Rome. I wondered what the history of the building was and why it was falling apart. I found out that it was a city owned property built in 1929. It used to be the headquarters for the Health Administration. Once those offices moved, the … Continue reading Palazzo Merulana, Rome
The two things people ask me all the time when they’ve learn how long I’ve lived here are, if I have any regrets or when am I moving back to America. If this were a sabbatical, I would’ve moved back by now and more importantly, I wouldn’t have gone through the hell that is getting … Continue reading Ten Years Ago I Moved to Rome, Italy
One of my friends, who owns a boutique travel agency in Italy, told me that finding four star hotels in Rome is difficult. She said there are great options at the five-star high-end level and at the economical end but there are too many four-stars that are really a three- star at best. Enter Le … Continue reading Life in Rome – Mini-break at Le Méridien Visconti Hotel