Italy Inspired Gift Guide

Can you believe we already near the end of 2019?! We are officially into December, and the holiday craze is shortly on its way. Christmas time is a lot of fun, but it can quickly become too stressful. Trying to think of the right gift for family and friends takes a lot of time and…

Butternut Squash Ravioli

If you’re over pumpkin spice already, let the unutilized flavor of butternut squash take over for the remainder of this fall. If you need a recipe for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or any other fall get-together, these butternut squash ravioli are perfect! This recipe’s origin is from Mantova, in the Lombardia region located in northern Italy, and…

Apple Cider Spritz

Fall is known for its distinct flavors like pumpkin spice, apples, and cinnamon. For this recipe, I took one of my favorite drinks and fused it with some of the delicious fall flavors. Ingredients: 3 ounces of Prosecco 2.5 ounces of Apple Cider Sliced apples sprinkled with Cinnamon for garnishing Instructions: Fill a wine glass…

Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Basil & Garlic

Today we are going to learn how to stuff and jar sun-dried tomatoes with basil and garlic. To make these from scratch, it’s as simple as cutting the tomatoes in half vertically and salting them to keep off bugs when left outside to dry in the sun for a couple of days. Typically, sun-dried tomatoes…

Fall 2019 Fashion Trends

Sad to say that summer is over in the Northeast. I cannot believe that we are already in mid-October! As the fall breeze begins to creep in, it’s that time of the year to trade in our sundresses for cozy sweaters and long pants. If you’re struggling to put together a new wardrobe for this…

Marmellata di Mele e Cannella (Apple and Cinnamon Jam)

Fall and apples go hand in hand. As the air begins to chill and the leaves start to change colors, apple picking is one of the most festive outdoor activities to do while the weather is still tolerable. Along with apple picking, comes a surplus of apples and all the baked goods that you can…

Travel Diaries: Taormina

Taormina is a beloved ancient city with a charming personality. It is located in the province of Messina on the east coast of Sicily, situated with stunning views of the Ionian sea and Mount Etna. Strolling through Taormina is magical, as you experience the sound of church bells and people in the piazza living their…

Aperol Spritz

I’m sure most of you have heard of the popular aperitivo drink called the Aperol Spritz, but did you know that Aperol was actually invented back in 1919? Aperol was created in Padua back in 1919 but didn’t become popular until the 2000’s when Aperol was bought by the Campari Group. Aperol was originally advertised…

Travel Diaries: Tropea

Anyone that knows me knows how much I LOVE Tropea. It’s one of those places that I hold dear to my heart because of the wonderful memories that were made going there as a child. Tropea is an ancient coastal town located in the province of Vibo Valentia in Calabria – the region of southwestern…

Tipping Etiquette in Italy

To tip or not to tip? Many people often ask me what is the proper etiquette when it comes to tipping in Italy. Keep reading and learn all about the tipping culture and get ready for your upcoming trip! Restaurants & Coffee Shops One of the biggest misconceptions when traveling to Italy and other foreign…