My bags are packed~

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I’m off to Vinci ~ join me!

It is becoming a very busy and thrilling week as I gear up to travel to Vinci, Italy, courtesy of DaVinci Wines as their “2012 Storyteller” in “Language Arts.” In thinking about what to pack and get ready to take with me—besides my camera, video camera, iPhone, laptop and every other electronic device that we strap ourselves to nowadays to make sure we “capture” every moment.

I hope that you’ll follow my journey here and share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and maybe even “pin” some of my journey on your Pinterest boards.

DaVinci Wines sent me this great box filled with things I’ll need on my journey—plus a couple of extra bonus items. Grazie tanto, DaVinci!

Watch the video and join me as I look forward to sharing this experience with you. And, by sharing, I mean I want to hear from you, too. Your questions are an important part of this experience. I am not traveling alone—I am taking you with me. I wish I could literally take you all, if only to smuggle you in my suitcase, but “Mamma mia!” that would be a LOT of luggage!

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Buon Appetito ~

And, I’ll “see” you in Vinci!



About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

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