Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hay, Gondoliers Need a Drink Too!

  I took this picture at a bar in Venice while my friend and I were enjoying a pizza. I'm sure these friends meet up at the end of a day and exchange stories of their day. While in Venice I learned that a Gondolier must have been born in Venice to qualify for the job. You must provide proof of you birth and family lineage.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fun Italian Stuff on Pinterest

  Follow these fun Italian themed boards on Pinterest. And tell me about your boads too!

Doors and Details: here

Food: here
 International Pizza Expo 2012  Where: Las Vegas - Nevada - USA  From: 2012-03-13  To: 2012-03-15

Style and Living: here
A hat with a view

Beautiful Travel and Places: here

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Did You Know...

  The Secret about Palazzo Madama is that admission is free on the first Tuesday of every month! (normal ticket price is 10 euros). One of the 4 towers is open and if you climb to the top, you will be treated to my favorite panoramic view of Torino. You are allowed to take pictures inside this royal residence that now is a museum, as long as there is NO flash. Here are a few pics I took on my last free Tuesday visit.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

For the Love of Fiori di Zucca

  I love many of Italian dishes, but ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers are always on the top of my list of favorites. Making them is a delicate task that I have always left to the professionals, but when someone gave me a basket full of squash flowers, I couldn't resist trying to make them at home. 

My tools: I put the ricotta mixture on a plastic baggie and then cut off the tip to easily get it inside the delicate flowers.

These are the stuffed flowers with twisted ends just before I dip them in tempura and fry them in vegatable oil.

Finished flowers warm, cheesy and ready for devouring.