Right Pasta, Wrong Province

Fifteen years ago, when we were on our way to the Cinque Terre from Milano, we had to change trains in the small town of Levanto, just northwest of Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost of the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre.


Long Time No Lavender

Cocoa & Lavender. From the name of the blog, you can pretty much surmise that I like cocoa and lavender.


Tutti a Tavola in Toscana!

We just spent an idyllic two weeks in Tuscany - a peaceful week in an incredibly charming stone home in an oak forest outside Radda in Chianti, followed by a week of cultural banqueting in the atmospheric medieval beauty of Siena. This is a very photo-heavy post; I hope you enjoy these images from our time in Tuscany, as well as the recipe/wine pairing at the end!


A Taste of Paris {Book Review and a Recipe}

I received an advance copy of A Taste of Paris by David Downie from St. Martin’s Press; the book released this past week. When offered the book for review, my first question was, “Are there recipes?” No, it is “a history of the Parisian love affair with food,” which is, in fact, the subheading of the book. I love Paris. I love food. I said, yes.


Do As I Say...

“… or there’ll be hell to pay.” I heard that a lot growing up.


White Gold

I am a big fan of truffles. The chocolate kind, for sure, but today is about the fungi.


Family Style

When I was growing up, I didn't know that our style of serving meals growing up had a name. I know it as family style now but, then, it was just the way Mom and Dad did it. It wasn't necessarily a daily thing, but I know for sure it was served that way every Sunday evening.