All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘italy’

Pasta, Pasta~

"2012 DaVinci Stroyteller Experience" "Mark Leslie" "Beyond the Pasta"

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Grilling Lettuce ~ light it up!

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[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail!] Technically, it is Spring; however, with all the warm weather we are having down here in the South ~ it sure feels like Summer! And with warm weather comes the natural desire to keep the kitchen cool and break out the Weber on the patio. I was reminded while …

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Back to the Future ~ Viterbo bound

Day 1- Viterbo Crest

~ Returning to my now Italian home ~ Writing a book about real people and the real time you spent with them can be stressful – especially when you wrote it without them ever pre-reading a single syllable. Add to that the fact that there is a language barrier between everyone involved and you might start to understand why I …

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My bags are packed and I’m ready to fly~

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What will 2011 bring? Ah, the last post of 2010 and what a year it has been! It started off with our house being published in House Beautiful’s Feb 2010 issue. With that came a huge designer-blog interest and led a publisher to my then manuscript of Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family. On the …

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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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“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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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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Everyone – dive into the pool!

PaestomDiver

See and download the full gallery on posterous Hmmm, trunks or no trunks?! It is summer and it is hot. And the heat reminds me of a day trip we took to Paestum, Italy. Paestum is south of Naples…actually south of Salerno in the Campania region of Italy—close to where the “laces of the boot start to meet the top …

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Where’s the beef?

  See and download the full gallery on posterous Discovering the Italian sandwich~ Recently a friend e-mailed me asking for a “big, fat, greasy, wet, sloppy, Italian Beef Sandwich recipe.” Sadly, I had to tell him that the only place I have ever eaten something like that is in Chicago—and never in Italy. That isn’t to say that something like …

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