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September 29 is the feast day for St. Michael the Archangel—my husband’s “name day” or onomastico, in Italian. In Italy, people treat their onomastico as a second birthday celebration which is pretty cool. St. Laura’s feast day is October 19 … Continue reading
Yesterday was the feast day of the patron saint of Pesaro—San Terenzio. Most shops were closed for the holiday and I heard several people greet each other with “Buon San Terenzio.” Alex and I checked out the procession at 5 … Continue reading
I had a soy cappuccino today, a drink I haven’t ordered in years. I honestly felt like I was in Starbucks, and it almost seemed sacrilegious to order when a regular cappuccino is so delicious. But, I felt I had … Continue reading
As autumn approaches, I dream of risotto. The following recipe takes a traditional porcini mushroom risotto—which is very easy to make—and adds onions and sausage to it. When they are used as pizza toppings (one of my favorites!) the combination … Continue reading
We had a fantastic day in Fátima yesterday. There were a lot of pilgrims, but it wasn’t too crowded in the early afternoon, and Alex really enjoyed himself. This morning, I had a galão (espresso with foamed milk) at our … Continue reading
I love the sound of Portuguese. We’ve been in Lisbon since Monday and the city is beautiful. On Tuesday, we explored the Belém district which has two fantastic World Heritage Sites—the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery. Parts of the … Continue reading