Author Archive for: ‘mark’

The not-so-secret gardens~

A walk in the park~ When traveling to Italy, our first order of business is to start the Gardens We Want to Visit list. Often times, this list gets started long before the plane tickets are purchased. Cities and towns all across Italy have gardens to see and villas to tour. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy …

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Italy’s most famous dessert~

La Dolce Vita~ The Sweet Life My days lately have been filled with editing the manuscript for the book, which also includes cooking and editing the manuscript’s recipes. There have been several occassions, by the end of the day, when the refrigerator is full of the various, and failed, attempts at a single recipe. Ignoring my German heritage, I truly …

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All roads lead to Rome~

Looking for a great place to stay in Rome? via Every year I have the great good fortune to travel to Italy, which means a stay in Rome is inevitable. Rome, like any major metropolatin city, is bustling with activity 24/7; however, there is something unique about the Eternal City–as the name implies. New York City and London are …

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“Beyond the Pasta” takes a step forward~

Biba Caggiano says, “Mark, you have captured the essence of the Italian people.” via “Beyond the Pasta: 28 Days of Recipes, Language, and Life with an Italian Family” is a labor of love for me at the moment. The book is a travelogue/memoir/cookbook with each “chapter” being a daily entry based on the e-mails I sent home from Viterbo …

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“All it takes is some flour and a couple of eggs…”

“There is nothing as simple as, or more difficult than, the beginning.”~ Starting something completely new is never easy. There is the fear of not getting it “exactly” right or not meeting expectations. For the longest time I was terrified to make pasta. What can be so complicated about some flour and a couple of eggs? Nothing. But after a …

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