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The Spritz! Summer’s great thirst quencher!!

28 Jul
 a bottle of Aperol

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On my last trip to Limone, Italy in May, we discovered a fabulous summer drink that left us refreshed among the hot sweaty tourist crowds. Cafe after cafe we saw people with this orange tinged drink with ice. Asking a server what it was, we were told it’s a very popular drink called “Spritz”. My husband has always enjoyed a Campari or a Martini Rossi as his pre dinner drink, I myself found them to be a little too bitter for my taste buds. But we saw so many people enjoying this drink that I took the plunge and we finally had a couple of our own.

Yes it is a bitter drink, but not so strong in bitter taste that I couldn’t enjoy it. Instead of something sweet or a martini- which can get you down the drunk road much quicker than I want sometimes- this drink was crisp, refreshing, tasty and didn’t linger on the tongue in the summer heat and humidity. Instead it was like popping under a waterfall in the middle of a hot day while exploring Limone, giving us the gas to keep going the rest of the day.

After days drinking the Spritz, I found I could also enjoy a Campari soda! Maybe the Spritz acclimatized my tongue to enjoy a bitter splash? I highly recommend you visit your liquor store to see if they carry Aperol- the orange bitter liquor from Italy.

The recipe- 2oz Aperol, 2oz Prosecco, and a splash or more- your preference- of sparkling water

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Amalfi, Italy

31 Mar Getting Married!
Duomo di Amalfi and the piazza.

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Amalfi!!

An absolutely gorgeous place in Southern Italy surely a paradise of its own. Often confused for the coast it’s named for, Amafli is one of the oldest seaports keeping its small town traditions and lifestyles despite the influx of tourists every season. Amalfi’s quaint size allows you to engage with its people with one short stroll through the main road of town. Lemons the size of grapefruits, red chillies strung up and hanging by the dozen, hand painted mosaic ceramic tiles on storefront tables line the narrow road crowded with people who hug the wall every time a car has to squeeze by.

My husband proposed in Rome inside the Coloseum in 2009 and had already set up wedding planners to meet in Amalfi to start planning our wedding.  How could I say no?? So I said yes and yes, and we began our week in Amalfi with a wedding on our mind. We got to know the people quickly as my husband’s grandfather came from this town. They are friendly and warm passionate people. Its a place in which you’d love to spend a simple charming life.

Some of our fav restaurants are Il Teatro, Pizze Meme, Pizze Donna Stella. Our reception was at Marina Grande http://www.ristorantemarinagrande.com , our hotel for all our guests was Hotel Floridiana http://www.hotelfloridiana.it , the best desserts, coffee and pastries  are at the oldest cafe/bakery at Pansa in the main square.

I’m so happy we made Amalfi our special home. It is one of those magical places that never leave your soul, and after many years of tourist visits, it’s never lost its traditional Italian village feel.

I love you Amalfi!!

Limone, Italy

31 Mar
Il porto turistico di Limone sul Garda

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I so can’t wait to get over to Limone on Laco sul Garda!! It’s a beautiful peaceful little town built up on the cliffside at the northwest tip of Laco di Garda in northern Italy.  This will be my own spiritual retreat, we all need one of those every so often. I have visited Garda before staying at Sirmione, at Hotel Olivie.  Also a wonderful but more touristy port of the lake.

In Limone I will be staying at the Limonaia Hotel, in a lovely apartment nestled among the olive trees. Limonaia is a large hotel resort sitting in a panoramic spot in the midst of a 60 000 m² olive groves and parks. It was designed to respect the environment and architecture of the existing lemon groves. The lemons in this region are huuuge and tart like you have never tasted. Henceforth the fantastic limoncella!! I plan on bringing back a couple of bottles. The rest of my time will be spent writing, reading eating and sleeping.  😉 They have a great fitness and spa facility, with additional exercise coming from climbing up and down the cliffside to get into town for some delicious and unsurpassed Italian food.  I’m already hungry for some fresh seafood and pasta, intensely flavoured fruit and vegetables and un buono cafe every single day. This life is truly close to heaven.

Hotel: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g227887-d266491-Reviews-Hotel_Limonaia-Limone_sul_Garda_Lake_Garda_Lombardy.html

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