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Maya
Venice, California
A Venice, California girl with big dreams to live in Venice, Italy.
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So, instead of pining and pouting, I am switching the gears in my brain to move forward. Aside from starting the first class in Tourism, I have signed up for Italian Level 2, finally -- because I have to get my lingua skills up, and I have a TEFL seminar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Venice to Venezia
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I admit it... I am pining and pouting. It just feels strange -- foreign even, that I am here in Venice Beach instead of there in Venezia. This city has a death grip on me. So much so, that I am taking one baby step: I've signed up for an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Venice to Venezia
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A year ago today I woke up to snow in Venice. This was the view from my altana... what a magical sight. The snow didn't last long, but it was so beautiful while it lasted... It's not often Venice gets snow like that, so I felt pretty lucky. Yes, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
Yvonne! Me too! Let me click my heels together and see what happens! ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2011 on Dreaming... at Venice to Venezia
Janie, when I got laid off last year after 18 years at Fox, I decided to bolt away to Venice for the month of December -- my last day of work was November 30, and I hopped on the plane Dec 1! I was supposed to fly back January 1, but I wasn't ready, and ended up extending it twice until mid-February. I just fell in love with Venice in winter... can't imagine a better place to be.
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2011 on Dreaming... at Venice to Venezia
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Just dreaming... this is "my" street in Venezia... the view out of "my" apartment on Salizada San Samuele as the Christmas lights went up last year... just wishing and dreaming I was there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
Yvonne, you are so funny! It would actually be very good with the right cheese... the texture is nice and it's thick, and warm and comforting -- it has a lot more heft to it than just a regular cheese fondue. But I don't think I am going to tempt fate with trying Robiola again... unless Janie picks it out for me! ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2011 on Stinky Stinky Pee-YOO! at Venice to Venezia
Janie, that's possibly true, because like I said, the cheese looked impossibly decrepit! And since I have never had it before, I have no reference. I highly recommend the recipe though. My husband loved it and licked the pot clean. I liked the texture and would have loved it as well if the cheese had been something like Fontina, possibly. Try it! Tell me what you think!
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2011 on Stinky Stinky Pee-YOO! at Venice to Venezia
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Oh sure, that looks harmless enough... maybe even comforting. Do not be fooled my friends... this was the stinkiest s#!t ever. Ever. God. I can still smell it and it's been days since I made it. Yuck. What is it? Well, it's called fonduta and it is made by pureeing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
@Krissy! Yay! Welcome to my little sanctuary! Thank you for the biscotti recipe! I'll be sending mine along to you this week. And yes, I am going to be opening up another panforte soon!!! ;)
Yvonne, I've seen some recipes for bread pudding made with panettone, and recipes for french toast. Those sound like great ways to use panettone! Yum!!
Yvonne, you must find it and try it. If you are ever in the Campo San Stefano neighborhood, you can stop by "my" local alimentari. From the Campo, walk down Calle de Botteghe (where the Paolin gelateria is)... walk straight down that calle to the end. On your right is the little alimentari with a green awning. There you will find the best torrone ever! ;)
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2011 on It's Torrone Time! at Venice to Venezia
Yes! It's a beautiful edition of the magazine! I would love to cook the Feast of the 7 Fishes meal... I just don't have enough people to warrant it! And yes, I am going to try some of those cake recipes as well. I just love that magazine.
I'm going to see if I can find it through the internet! We don't have TV, we just use the computer and watch mainly Netflix or buy shows from iTunes... but I wonder if RAI does some streaming or downloading? I'll have to check! That would be so much fun and I could practice my Italian at the same time! :)
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It's been interesting to me to watch how my tastes for food change as I get older. I still have yet to establish an affinity for sushi (I'll probably be waiting a long time for that change to happen) but my sweet tooth has definitely changed to a more Italian... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
Yvonne, truer words never said. Sigh...
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2011 on A Year Ago... at Venice to Venezia
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While I was living in Venice last winter, I practically lived on risotto for dinner. I had rented an apartment and had a full kitchen, so cooking was easy. And while I ate out for lunch nearly every day, most nights I was tucked away in my beautiful home, warm... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
Grazie mille, Nunzio! E anche bello il tuo blog -- molto bello!
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2011 on Pasta alla Carbonara at Venice to Venezia
Janie -- and I will be all to happy to tell you! I think I will be reminiscing a lot about it over this month... I so wish I was there. I am pining for it.
Toggle Commented Dec 2, 2011 on A Year Ago... at Venice to Venezia
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It was one year ago today that I hopped on a flight to Venice to spend a magical winter... it seems like yesterday and yet it seems so long ago, all at the same time... Mi manchi Venezia. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
Thank you Daniel! It's so much fun making new friends, especially with a common love for Venezia! Try the bucatini! We just had the remainders of the leftovers and mio marito said, "I wish we had another big pot of this right now!" It's so good. And easy too! Ciao, Daniel, and thanks again!
Thank you Daniel! I just discovered you blog! What a treasure trove of information! It's wonderful. I am going to add you to my list. Thank you for all of the links and information you provide!
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Torrone. <sigh> What can I tell you about this extraordinary confection? Before December in Venezia, I had never come across it. There I was, in my local alimentari on Salizada San Samuele, buying my staples (bread, cheese, Coca-Cola -- hey, I am an American girl -- don't worry, I bought... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
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I grew up with an Italian grandmother whose birthplace was Naples. That meant that my idea of Italian food was something that was covered heavily in red sauce. Swimming in sauce -- that's how I like it. Pasta, pizza, just dunking bread, whatev... just load it up with extra sauce.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Venice to Venezia
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This was one of those recipes that I was not all that excited to try... in fact, I don't really know what got me to actually do it, other than it seemed kind of simple and it was an excuse to buy cranberry beans, which are just so beautiful to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at Venice to Venezia