All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Dante Alighieri School Siena’

Day 4: Crossing Over ~

"DaVinci Wine 2012 Storyteller Experience" "Mark Leslie

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When You Read, You Begin with Ah, Bee, Cee~

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Learning a Language With the beginning of a new school year fast approaching, I have a bit of the learning bug on my brain. And “learning” shouldn’t be reserved for those under 22, who are mostly forced to become educated before reaching 18! “Learning” is a life long adventure ~ or so it seems to me. For as much as …

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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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“Beyond the Pasta” Trailer~

Ravioli- Beyond the Pasta, Mark Leslie

Below is the latest trailer for my book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2010 by Gemelli Press, LLC. The finishing touches are being done and soon this two year process from first keystroke to published book will be complete. Stupefacente! When I started writing this book, I said that my …

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Lesson Number 2~

Nonna cooks Pollo con Limone~ Recently, I received an e-mail from Alessandra filling me in on all the happenings back in Viterbo. I mailed the Feb House Beautiful with the article on our house ( to them back in early January and, when I hadn’t heard from them, I sent an e-mail making sure that they had received the magazine. …

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Lesson Number 1:

 Le presento Nonna~ The New Year has started and we are all in a deep freeze. It is time to warm up with a little video of Nonna. To bring everyone up to speed: Nonna is the grandmother of the family that I lived with in Viterbo, Italy, in 2005 through a university program in Siena ( She is the …

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