Normandy, France – August 2010

October 11, 2011

With my “blogmaster” on maternity leave I have slipped up and not posted any of my trips this past year.  I wouldn’t want anyone to think I wasn’t travelling!  Trips to Toronto have replaced most other international destinations (to see the awesome grandbaby!), but I still have some past trips to catch up on.

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Normandy, France – August 2010

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Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: The World’s Greatest Buffalo Mozzarella

September 28, 2010

Guest bloggers Cari & Adam Miller just returned from a two week trip to Italy, and are blogging about their experiences. We will share their posts here over the next week or two.

Super fresh lunch

“Wait… you mean buffalo mozzarella actually comes from buffaloes?”  It’s a question that has been posed to us many times during the planning, execution, and telling of our trip to Tenuta Vannulo.  I guess it makes sense that people would ask that.  Buffalo wings don’tactually come from buffaloes…

Our trip to Italy was an extremely generous undertaking on the part of the parents, so we were eager to do something to thank them and acknowledge their generosity.  Our initial thought was hiring a chef to come to the villa, but we soon realized that that was something they had already planned on.  Cari had remembered visiting Tenuta Vannulo, a buffalo mozzarella farm, as part of a tour group organized by her mom, so we decided that would be a unique and fun activity for the group.

Read more about their experiences with at the buffalo mozzarella farm here.


Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: Our Very Own Big Night

September 7, 2010

One of the activities my uncle and mother had planned from the beginning was to have the owners of the second villa cook us dinner on the last night when all 13 of us were together. Although some of us would have another few nights at the villa, three were leaving the very next day.

Roberto, one of the owners of our villa in Tuscany, prepared one of the most memorable meals we had during the entire trip. It really was our very own Big Night.
The menu:

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Read more about their experiences with here.


Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: Cooking Class at the Villa

August 23, 2010

Guest bloggers Cari & Adam Miller just returned from a two week trip to Italy, and are blogging about their experiences. We will share their posts here over the next week or two.

Cooking Class

When you have 13 people travelling together, it’s sometimes hard to get everyone on the same page about activities. A cooking class, arranged by Adam’s sister and cousin, was a great way to get everyone involved in a fun evening of cooking which resulted in a fabulous meal.

We made a four course meal consisting of bruschetta, pesto pasta, balsamic chicken, and panna cotta.


Read more about their experiences with the cooking class here.


Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: An Evening in San Gimignano

August 20, 2010

Guest bloggers Cari & Adam Miller just returned from a two week trip to Italy, and are blogging about their experiences. We will share their posts here over the next week or two.

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Our villa in Tuscany was located just 20 minutes from San Gimignano, a medieval walled city that is home to many restaurants, shops and a big attraction to tourists.  Thanks to Divina Cucina (and my mom for finding her website), we had already eaten our best meal of the trip in Chianti.  Who knew that later in the same day, she’d have just as good of a recommendation for dinner – one that was slightly off the beaten path and seemingly authentic?

Ristorante Dorando (website) was among the higher-end restaurants we visited on this trip, and it was interesting to experience the Italian take on fine cuisine.  So many of the places we visited were trattorias or family-friendly spots, so this provided a much different experience…

Read more about their experiences in San Gimignano here.


Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: Fattoria Montagliari

August 19, 2010

Guest bloggers Cari & Adam Miller just returned from a two week trip to Italy, and are blogging about their experiences. We will share their posts here over the next week or two.


Fattoria Montagliari

In a region known for its wine, it would have been a shame to not visit a vineyard. Luckily Adam’s mom was on top of researching options for every town we visited, and this vineyard was on the top of her list for a lunch stop after the Chianti Market. It proved memorable for a number of reasons.

First, we were greeted by who we can only assume was the owner and tasted some chianti. Adam obviously tasted a good bit more than I did since I’m pregnant, but the man at the vineyard teased me about it. He offered to show me photos of his wife and beautiful children, all of whom are fine after 9 months of a wine sipping mother. Needless to say, viewpoints on alcohol consumption while pregnant are different in different parts of the world! Adam purchased a bottle of 2003 Chianti Classico to remember our experience (and so I could have some later!). Meanwhile we both marvelled at the shelves marked with wine dating back to the 1940s.

Read more about their experiences at Fattoria Montagliari, click here.


Guest Series: Eating & Drinking in Italy: Gelato Challenge!

August 17, 2010

Guest bloggers Cari & Adam Miller just returned from a two week trip to Italy, and are blogging about their experiences. We will share their posts here over the next week or two.

I think this kid would vote for Bougainvillea as the best!

Earlier this week, we blogged about Il Pozzo, a restaurant we had remembered from our last trip to Sorrento.  Another place that left us with fond memories was Bougainvillea (website), a gelateria with dozens of great flavours.  We visited Bougainvillea a number of times on our last trip and were eager to return.

Since our visit, my cousin Rachael and her boyfriend Adam discovered another place called Gelateria Davide (website).  Having tried both gelaterias, they claimed this place was the best in Sorrento.

We took this as a challenge to decide for ourselves which of the two gelaterias reigned supreme.

Read more about their gelato challenge here.