The Night of the Red Underwear

In Italy, New Years Eve, l'ultimo dell'anno, is celebrated with rites, rituals and events that are meant to bring good fortune, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. Derived from Roman celebrations in honor of Janus, the god of gates, doorways, beginnings and endings, New Years Eve in Italy is a time to put an …

Christmas! It’s Not Over Yet

For Italians Christmas hasn't quite reached its peak, in fact you might say it was just getting started. The Christmas season in Italy is traditionally celebrated from December 24 (Christmas Eve) to January 6 (the Epiphany). This time is often referred to as the Twelve Days of Christmas marked with holiday events, special foods and celebrations extending the …

Roman Raspberries for Christmas

A sgroppino is a highly slushy drink made with sorbetto and prosecco that I first had in Carole (CAH-OHR-LAY) a resort town on the Adriatic near Venice with our Italian cousins. Traditionally made with lemon sorbet, vodka and prosecco, it is common in Italy as a palate cleanser or after dinner (dessert) drink. Sgroppino means to “loosen” or …

Food Brings Life to the Table – Write About It

I’m a big fan of food writing. The backstory behind what, why and how food is eaten is both an interest and a passion. This may have to do with my travels in Italy with our Italian family and friends where food is a national treasure. It definitely has to do with childhood memories of …