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Comfort and Joy

Neighboring Alberobello's trulli quarter is ready for Christmas.

Neighboring Alberobello’s trulli quarter is ready for Christmas.

Christmas is little more than a week away and our little town is hopping. From living nativity scenes that re-imagine village life at the time of Christ’s birth to the somewhat less charming Villagio di Babbo Natale  (Santa’s Village) in our town’s main square, our wintry air is charged with the electricity of the season. And all this activity reminds us of what we cherish most at this time of year: a sense of community and belonging that we’re slowly but surely building here. Read more

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Pasta Primer

Pasta secca is one of the iconic dishes in southern Italy. Here it's depicted in its most pure form.

Pasta secca is one of the iconic dishes in southern Italy. Here it’s depicted in its most pure form.

I may be stating the obvious, but pasta in southern Italy is as firmly ingrained in the culture as turkey at Thanksgiving is in the U.S. Except pasta appears every day at the Pugliese table, unlike (happily) that ubiquitous American turkey. Like polenta to northern Italians and beans to the Tuscans, dried pasta is almost iconic south of Rome. And we notice it all the more because we’re trying to wean ourselves off of our daily fix. It seems that new research has helped us understand what we probably knew all along. As a result of the proliferation of highly refined strains of wheat now used in just about every prepared, wheat-based product including pasta, we’ve learned that most commercially available dried pasta may actually be physiologically addictive. I can’t imagine a worse revelation because I am truly, deeply and irretrievably fond of pasta. Read more

Italy Bound?

Hordes of tourist visit the Trevi fountain in the heart of Rome's historic center (Photo credit: Daniel Eden).

Hordes of tourist visit the Trevi fountain in the heart of Rome’s historic center (Photo credit: Daniel Eden).

Town squares and beaches full of summer vacationers here have gotten me thinking about visiting Italy. No, not for me, for you! If I’d never been to Italy, what would I really want to know before setting off? I’m not thinking about the general guidebook information—when to visit the Vatican, must-see Italian art, car or train transportation—but the insider tips you wish someone shared with you before you made your plans. So many of our friends ask us for advice, so I thought I would share a few thoughts here. Remember that all advice reflects the values, experiences and individual interests of the advice giver, so be sure to gather lots of different viewpoints before you plan your Italian adventure of a lifetime. And seasoned Italophiles please chime in with your own thoughts . . . Read more

Che Caldo!

Triple-digit temperatures descended upon Puglia yesterday—instant summer!

Triple-digit temperatures descended upon Puglia yesterday—instant summer!

All summer long, our friends and neighbors have complained that real summer weather has yet to arrive in Martina Franca. Temperatures have hovered around 80 degrees, which is just about perfect as far as we are concerned. But everyone even remotely connected to the summer visitor trade here has been praying for serious summer mercury readings—the kind of weather that drives people to eat out, go to the beach and buy industrial quantities of gelato. All that changed yesterday when we ushered in our first three-digit temperatures of the summer. Yes, it was 102 degrees in the shade. Even for Puglia, this is an extreme display, so we hunkered down for a hot one. Read more

Il Rientro

Just one of the many ports of call on our long, intercontinental slog home to Martina Franca.

Just one of the many ports of call on our long, intercontinental slog home to Martina Franca.

Nothing prepares you for the sheer grind of transcontinental travel in the 21st century. Not the other trips you’ve taken before, the vague memory of endless, crushing fatigue or your focus on how wonderful it will all be when you arrive. It’s just a long, dull and especially uncomfortable series of confined spaces, miserable food and too many fellow travelers. Like childbirth, the blessing is that you tend to forget the worst parts by basking in the glow of the wonderful. Read more

Lightening the Load

The few cookbooks that survived the purge before our move to Italy.

The few cookbooks that survived the purge before our move to Italy.

Once we decided to move to Italy, we started to feel lighter right away. Our attachment to our things—bicycles, pottery, tools and other ephemera—just started to seem a little less desperate. We knew we would store the practical essentials and the few sentimental objects too meaningful to cut loose, but the rest? We devised a series of sloughing-off measures involving craigslist, eBay, a particularly robust garage sale and Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. Powell’s became an indispensable partner because our single biggest category of stuff lovingly amassed over time is books. Books on bicycling, Italy, travel memoirs, sailing, architecture, building, organic gardening, art, mysteries and more. Books in English and Italian, books about alternative energy sources and books that provide lists of other books. But most of all, we owned books about food. Shelves and shelves and shelves of them. Read more

The $tingy Sailor

DIY trailerable sailboat restoration and improvement without throwing your budget overboard

Gracefully Global Blog

Where travel adventures never begin with a trip to the local monument.

Italy....and Me

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Not Just Another "Dolce Vita"

A different point of view on travelling, living and loving Italy.

In Puglia and Places

My experiences living in Puglia and other places

Girl in Florence

A Tuscan Texan immersed in Florentine life: passionate about food & wine | random moments | and travel

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A resource and running commentary on stylish London

Puglia Kitchen

sapori, profumi e visioni culinarie made in puglia

Cantine Menhir

News from Salento... where the sun warms the spirit, water refreshes the mind, food whets the palate, land feeds the soul, and the wine... awakens the passion.

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