Food Coloring

Cheri of HQ WordPress takes the lead on this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: COLOR.

Peeled tomatoes and bell peppers | ©Tom Palladio ImagesLiving here in Italy, the “Big C” across the country stands for cibo (CHEE-boh), food.

From the oven, cooktop and grill, to the table, plate and glass, food and drink around the Bel Paese is very, very colorful and very, very appealing.

Italian culture is bookended by food, with art, architecture, design and fashion sandwiched in the middle.

Food, in all its variety, is the single most important ingredient of that illusive la dolce vita and probably the reason why so many tourists travel to her shores again and again to whet their appetites and wet their whistles.

La Buona Forchetta | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFrom the time they’re able to hold a fork, Italians quickly learn to savor and enjoy every bite, morsel and sip, and appreciate all the hard work and time that painstakingly goes into plating culinary works of art.

Nothing says more about Italy than the food it prepares and the enjoyment that comes from its consumption. Simply put, la Penisola begins around the table and her color grows from there.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over green-white-red | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Absolutely beautiful food (because of great photography) but still not as beautiful as your sweetheart. She is adorable.


  2. Just got home from a friends house and a bottle of wine shared. While my dinner cooks I check my WP Reader and here you are with a lovely video of food, Italian food, colorful food, scrumptious food! Somehow my dinner just doesn’t compare…..


    1. Emily — Food photography isn’t too difficult. Shot in a “closed environment” with full control over the light. The trick is to be able to shoot well while cooking at the same time. Now, that’s difficult. Thanks for the thumbs-up! 🙂


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