The Red Passion Collection – What does an Italian Sourceress conjure up for Valentine’s Day?

What does an Italian Sourceress conjure up for Valentine's Day to See and Savor Italy? Traveling in Italy, sourcing products for CosituttiMarketPlace , brings me to artisan producers and generational families who have a passion for the cultural and culinary history of regional Italian food and la bella vita . Here is a collection of … Continue reading The Red Passion Collection – What does an Italian Sourceress conjure up for Valentine’s Day?

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A Picture is Worth a 360 Degree View

It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. A moment in time, an idea that becomes an unspoken memory.  Whether a sepia toned picture of the past or a digital image of the present each picture brings with it a reality faded or vivid. Smart phone photography with fotos on demand means that you can create and share … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a 360 Degree View

Food Frustration

Craving the sweet, juicy bright flavor of tomatoes in the middle of winter need not be a cause of food frustration. With at least 320 varieties of tomatoes commonly grown in Italy (primarily in Sicily, Sardegna, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Lazio and the Veneto region) transporting the fruit from one region to the other takes a matter … Continue reading Food Frustration

Fragrant Mature Wine – A Cure for the Renaissance Cold

With the cold and flu season spreading across 48 States, the CDC (the US gov.’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that high flu acitivity continues nationwide meaning that finding ways to avoid and reduce the severity of symptoms is on everyone’s mind. Cold and flu remedies from prescription antivirals to OTC brands to … Continue reading Fragrant Mature Wine – A Cure for the Renaissance Cold

12 Books Every Would be Traveler to Italy Should Read

Every time I plan a trip for someone to Italy I always include a recommended reading list with the itinerary.  I call this a literary meet and greet. Pre-departure information shouldn't be limited to operational activities only. It's important to plan for accommodations and transportation, what type of clothes to bring and how to exchange your money but … Continue reading 12 Books Every Would be Traveler to Italy Should Read

An Italian Time Capsule

2012 has ended and 2013 is well on its way. New Year’s resolutions are new and not yet broken and most of us are still retrospective about last year’s gains and losses; a perfect time to think about what we might have included in a time capsule for duemiladodici. Time capsules have been around since … Continue reading An Italian Time Capsule

The Assumption of Venice

Although Venice’s Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is considered to be one of the greatest churches in the city, few day trippers to Venice may see it. Even with a campanile that rivals that of San Marco (the second tallest in the city) and a canal side location right in the heart of Venice’s … Continue reading The Assumption of Venice