La Befana: What a Way to Go

While most households that celebrate the Christmas season have already taken down the ornaments and thrown away the tree, and, most importantly, begun wondering how they’re going to pay down the credit-card debt,… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: The Age of Discovery Began in Belém

During the Age of Discovery, between the 15th and 17th centuries, when European maritime powers sailed off into unchartered waters in search of new lands and trade routes to enhance the coffers of… Continue reading

Passeggiata Palladiana

With the start of the New Year now underway, I’m turning over a new leaf and will occasionally team up with Orna “Leafy” O’Reilly from Dublin, Ireland — host of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling… Continue reading

My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season

The 2014 edition of My Big Fat Italian Holiday Season (BFIHS) with la famiglia officially got underway on Sunday at Ristorante Crichelon in Valmarana, up in the hills just outside Vicenza in the… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Walking the Decorative Cobble of Lisbon

Nothing says Bom dia (Good morning) better than Portugal’s revered pastry: pastel de nata, a custard tart. I’ve plated several for breakfast — okay, three — in the dining room of Lisbon’s Dom… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Bem-Vindo a Lisboa!

Just like da Gama, Dias and Magellan, Portuguese explorers who navigated their way into the “great unknown” that was the Age of Discovery, I, too, take a sorta-kinda, but less challenging, leap of… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: Paella, Palaces and Port

Here I sit, tapping my fingers anxiously on the armrest of seat 16A — like castanets accenting the beat inside a café cantante (singers cafe) — aboard TAP Airlines flight Eight-Six-Niner as I wing my way… Continue reading

The Lady behind The Mask

Once upon a time, Venice was a powerful, majestic and innovative maritime republic that ruled the high seas for over a thousand years. She was a leader in trade between Europe and the… Continue reading

The Prow and Joy of Venice

DID YOU KNOW? Il ferro (iron), the distinctive ornamentation at the prow of a Venetian gondola, the most forward part of the boat, serves as its front bumper protecting it from everyday nicks and… Continue reading

Buongiorno: Breaking the Fast

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard or read that statement? Countless, I’m sure. And that pronouncement isn’t going away anytime soon, because, according to… Continue reading