“La Grande Bellezza”: reflections of an Italian abroad

Per noi Italiani residenti in Nord America, la premiere di “La Grande Bellezza” nei grandi schermi non poteva arrivare in un momento migliore:  lo sbocciare di una primavera che ha stentato ad arrivare e che ancora e’ a suoi bagliori.   Curiosa di constatare personalmente i giudizi misti e opposti {“e’ straordinario,”  “la grande bruttezza”, etc} … More “La Grande Bellezza”: reflections of an Italian abroad

SICILY: rare exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art !

Like all things Sicilian, it claimed its own tempo.  Clevelanders had been anticipating the coming of “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome” to the Cleveland Museum of Art but news of a halt from the Sicilian government arrested everything.  Then, when we had almost given up, it miraculously appeared.  In true Sicilian fashion.  … More SICILY: rare exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art !

Ferragosto in Sicily / New Blog Design!

Buongiorno e Buon Ferragosto a Tutti!!!  Most Sicilians revere “Ferragosto” {August 15} as an almost “holy” holiday …starting from yesterday {August 14} – when we begin celebrating this time off by throwing a “catu d’acqua” {a bucket of water} in front of  each entrance door in our homes to refresh the souls of those long … More Ferragosto in Sicily / New Blog Design!

Findlay Market: “Little Europe” in the heart of Cincinnati

Buongiorno Buongiorno…..hope everyone is enjoying their summer….during my booktour this year, I’m visiting some amazing places and want to share with you some of my most favorite spots.  Today, I’m thinking about “Findlay Market,” a fun, lively and vibrant environment where I had the feeling of being in “Little Europe”.…with most European gastronomic specialties and … More Findlay Market: “Little Europe” in the heart of Cincinnati

Food History: The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

GRAZIE to my cousin, Yvonne Maffei, Chef, Food Writer and Publisher of My Halal Kitchen (www.myhalalkitchen.com) for allowing me to write and share a reflection on Mediterranean food history and the connection between Sicilian and Arabic cuisine with her readers, and now you.  You may read the article on Yvonne’s website directly at the link below – I also … More Food History: The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

Mamma ~ Mother: Synonym for Amore in every language.

MAMMA ~ sinonimo di AMORE in ogni lingua…..vi auguro di essere amate e apprezzate non solo oggi ma ogni giorno dell’anno per tutto cio’ che siete, che rappresentate, che date, e che moltiplicate nella vostra famiglia e nel mondo intero sempre e solo con vero AMORE…..Buona Festa della Mamma! MOTHER ~ synonym of LOVE in … More Mamma ~ Mother: Synonym for Amore in every language.