Travel

Sperlonga Travel Guide

July 4, 2017

Anyone that knows me well knows that Sperlonga is my happy place. I’ve mentioned it a few times on this blog including here and here. Since it’s the town in Italy that my mom was born and raised in, I spent my summers there as a kid since my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins live there.  I feel such a connection to this little piece of paradise that it’s sometimes hard to explain. The draw I feel to it is…

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Words

30 things.

June 9, 2017

In celebration of my 30th birthday, I thought I would share with you 30 things you may or may not know about me.  Here it goes:  My full name is Giuseppina. But for as long as I can remember, I’ve gone by Pina.  Giuseppina is just way too hard to digest and pronounce! Yay to keeping it simple 🙂  I don’t have a middle name because my mom thought my first name was long enough to begin with (see a…

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Food Recipes

Lucy’s Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies.

May 22, 2017

Lucy is one of the best bakers I know. From peach cookies to biscotti to éclairs, she does it all. She’s my best friend’s mom so naturally, I was exposed to her marvelous baking as we were growing up.  Out of all her yummy desserts, her chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies are probably one of my favourites, although it really is hard to pick just one!  In all the years I’ve been eating these cookies, I’ve never actually made them myself. So…

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Food Recipes

Pastiera Napoletana 2.0

April 13, 2017

It seems like I’ve been repeating recipes I made last year quite often, but I guess that comes with the territory when a big part of your food blog revolves around yearly food traditions.  Like I mentioned in my first pastiera napoletana post, this Italian pie is a tradition at Easter time. As you can tell by its name, the recipe originates in Naples. My family isn’t from Naples, but my mom starting making this dessert when she came to…

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Food Recipes

Bigné di San Giuseppe

March 27, 2017

Growing up, I never really liked my name, Giuseppina. “It’s such an old lady Italian name!” I would think. Even though no one ever called me by my full name (it was always shortened to Pina), I didn’t think that was much better. When you’re young, you just want to fit in, and with my name, I definitely did not fit in.  So let’s backtrack a bit. How did I get my name anyway? Well, my mom named me in memory…

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