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Pass the olive oil and cheese, please

Alex isn’t eating solid foods yet, but that introduction is only a few weeks away. I see how he stares at my pasta during dinner! So, I was reviewing the food chart our pediatrician gave us earlier this month and … Continue reading

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A good melon is hard to find

According to La Cucina Italiana magazine, a popular saying in Italy goes like this: “Nella vita di un uomo ci sono tre cose difficili da avere: un buon amico, una buona moglie e un buon melone” which translates to: “There … Continue reading

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You know it’s tourist season when…

The local café puts a chocolate design on your cappuccino. I’ve been to Café Journal throughout the year and chocolate was never a condiment. In fact, I normally don’t like chocolate as a topping on my coffee, but this time … Continue reading

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A tale of two coffee houses

Caffè Sant’Eustachio and Tazza D’Oro in Rome are famous among locals and tourists for making some of the best espresso in the city—or, in the centro storico, at least. Is it true? I’ve been to both coffee houses in the … Continue reading

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Grande festa per il piccolo pesarese

A few days ago, we returned from Rome after a whirlwind week of celebrations. Alex was baptized in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 26 and was surrounded by friends and family from across the U.S. and Italy. Our friend Fr. … Continue reading

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Ciao Roma

Things have been hectic here as we prepare for Alex’s baptism in Rome this weekend. Tomorrow, my family is flying in from Portland and Michael’s family is arriving from New Jersey; in addition, we’ll have a big group of friends … Continue reading

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Carta Bimbi

We received a letter in the mail the other day from the comune (town hall) of Pesaro informing us that we were eligible to receive a Carta Bimbi (discount children’s card) as a gift to celebrate Alex’s arrival into the … Continue reading

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Project Cappuccino

Unsurprisingly, the Pascucci cappuccino I made at home this morning can’t even begin to compare to those made by Pesarese baristas. Who was I kidding? The Pascucci espresso did taste better than other brands I’ve tried, but even after frothing … Continue reading

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A Pascucci Pilgrimage

On Friday, we made a pilgrimage to Fano, the beach town next to Pesaro, to visit a Pascucci coffee shop. Yesterday, we went to the source: Monte Cerignone. Pascucci is a local coffee brand that is served in many of … Continue reading

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Forza Azzurri

World Cup fever is abuzz in Italy. Italian flags are displayed in stores and cafés and dangling from balconies around town. My favorite? This tuxedo style outfit, complete with Italian stripes down the leg. Priceless.

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