All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘beyond the pasta’

La Parola del Giorno ~ Tavolo

Montgomery table- Beyond the Pasta - Mark Leslie

The Word of the Day ~ Table I am sure you are thinking, “What is so special about the word “table”?” Being American, maybe that word doesn’t resonate for you, doesn’t strike a chord. I can understand that. However, in Italy, the word “table” has two meanings. Your Italian lesson:  Tavolo is the Italian word for table – the word …

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An evening spent around a table~

Book Signing

Earlier in September I spent a wonderful evening at The Book Shelf in Winona, Minnesota, where owner Chris Livingston hosted a book signing event for my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. The event was actually a dinner and discussion. Larry, Colleen and their staff at the Blue Heron Coffee House cooked a meal …

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“In fourteen hundred ninety-two~

map of italy- Beyond the Pasta- Mark Leslie

~ Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Happy Columbus Day! In honor of good ole Chris discovering America – or getting close enough, depending on who you ask – I thought I’d post some sea images I have taken during my visits to Italy. Maybe you’ll be inspired to cross the “ocean blue” to visit Christopher’s homeland. È bella! On your …

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“Suckered” into loving breakfast~

Lola, Seattle- Beyond the Pasta, Mark leslie

My second day in Seattle started off with the unusual. In the block up the street from my Seattle hotel was a restaurant named Lola. It came recommended as a great dinner spot by my publicist, who had been to Seattle two weeks prior. “Go to Lola – one of the best meals I have had in a very long …

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It all started with a negroni~

Pike Place Market Neon- Mark leslie, Beyond the Pasta

Rushing from the airport to a downtown hotel, only to quickly change clothes, grab a second cab and hightail it to a meeting is not necessarily the best way to be introduced to a city. Such was my first impression of Seattle last weekend. Being a new author is turning out to be as stressful as it is fun. Luckily, …

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It’s a party ~ Italian-style!

Seattle's Space Needle- Beyond the Pasta

I spent this past weekend in Seattle for the Festa Italiana and it was incredibly fun! I missed the grape stomp – I’ll guess I’ll have to wait until next year before I break out my inner Lucille Ball to have a grape battle in a vat! Here is some video footage I put together about the weekend. Divertiti! – …

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Put one foot in front of the other ~

Horizontal badge- Beyond the Pasta High Res

Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family – and it was a grand success! Thomas and Cheryl were thrilled with the turnout at their book store Capitol Book & News, Montgomery, AL. I could not have been more touched by the great number of people who attended – WOW! Last week, the first book signing was …

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A Sunday in Italy ~ almost

Anna's Lunch Buffet image 1- Beyond the Pasta

My life lately has been all about Italy – the book is out, I have started doing interviews where I speak about my time living in Italy, and recently I sent the book to the family in Italy (they received them today). This past Sunday, a dear friend here in town invited me over for Sunday lunch. She is Italian …

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La Macchina di Santa Rosa~ una grande festa!

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There was a huge festival in Viterbo, Italy, last night (Sept 3) … La Macchina di Santa Rosa (literally translated: Saint Rosa’s machine). Mere words will not do it justice. You may be wondering how a patron saint can have a “machine” and — “What in the world is it?” The “machine” is an over 5-story-tall tower, really more of …

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On the way to the top~

Atop St Peters

See and download the full gallery on posterous Put one step in front of the other… The final push is on to have the book make its September 1 release date. The journey from now until the book’s launch next week has me feeling like I am climbing a tower in Italy … I am terrified of heights and, yet, …

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