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Monica’s Travels

Inspiration from Italy

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Where does your kitchen inspiration come from? Today mine comes from the garden and the lessons I learned in Italy. As I have my morning coffee in the garden I’m delighted to find the most beautiful tomato’s, basil and parsley so I plan our dinner.  It’s a no brainer to…

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Culinary Tour of the Amalfi Coast: The Food

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What do you think of when you dream of a Culinary Tour of the Amalfi Coast?  I know – it’s the food, isn’t it?  We travel to experience Italian Culture and that happens at the table. This is the dream trip you’ve been promising yourself. Don’t wait another year –…

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A Week in Puglia

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I arrived in Puglia not knowing anyone. A friend arranged for my trip to a little town in the countryside. On this trip, I experienced regular family life in Italy. I discovered exactly the stuff that I wanted to know—how to shop, cook, eat and live with the Italians.   As I…

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My Italy

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It’s a cool, gray spring day here in Annapolis, MD. The weather report tells me that it’s not going to rain, but it’s foggy with a light drizzle. So much for that! I was hoping for some sunshine, but alas, that won’t be the case today. My mind wanders to the…

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Mardi Gras with the Girlfriends

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There is nothing like celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, is there? Steve and I had the pleasure of being there for the Mardi Gras celebration, taking in all of the sights form our friend Daniels balcony. He lives right on the parade route.   It’s such a treat to have…

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Adventures in Chicago

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One of the best things about being a foodie lifestyle blogger is attending events. We are in a profession where we spend a lot of time in front of a computer, in the kitchen, staging shoots, etc. It could be a solitary profession but we avoid this by forming alliances,…

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Holiday Seafood Feast – #SundaySupper

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Beautiful, isn’t it?  My family calls it the Holiday Seafood Feast but I call it La Grande Zuppa del Costiera Amalfitana  (The Grand Soup of the Amalfi Coast), in honor on Salvatore, Marilu and the staff at Il Ritrovo who taught me this stunning recipe. The Holidays are approaching quickly….

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An Experience to Remember – The Tryall Club, Jamaica

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Do you remember watching the old black and white movies with the British enjoying their tea on shaded verandas over looking the sea? This week we had a chance to experience this bygone era at a magical place called The Tryall Club. Steve and I bid on a Jamaican vacation at…

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