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Southern Italy, Part Three – Wine and Olive Oil

November 12, 2015 | Europe, Italy, Puglia, Sicily, Travel


If you’ve been following along in this series about my recent month spent in Southern Italy (Part One – Places, Part Two – Food), then I hope you are excited to learn about the wine and olive oil of this part of Italy. We visited three producers during our trip, all in Sicily, and I’ll […]

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Southern Italy, Part Two – The Food!

November 2, 2015 | Italy, Lecce, Ortigia, Puglia, Ragusa, Sicily, Siracusa, Taormina, Travel


Oh, the food of southern Italy! This is what the Mediterranean diet is all about – delicious pasta, lots of olive oil, plenty of vegetables and fish, with just a bit of meat thrown in here and there. I recently spent a month in this magical part of the world, and if you go, here […]

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Southern Italy, Part One – Places and UNESCO

October 29, 2015 | Alberobello, Catania, Europe, Italy, Lecce, Matera, Noto, Ortigia, Otranto, Puglia, Ragusa, Sicily, Siracusa, Taormina, Travel, Tropea


Southern Italy – what can I say? It’s breathtaking. It’s delicious. It’s historic. And I was lucky enough to spend the month of October there. In fact, that’s the view from the breakfast terrace of the first hotel of my journey, Suite Hotel Santa Chiara in Lecce. I traveled through 4 regions of Italy during this time, […]

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The Seaside Town of Otranto in the Salento

October 12, 2015 | Europe, Italy, Otranto, Puglia, Travel


One of the very best days at cooking school in Puglia, in the southern heel of Italy known as the Salento, is actually the day we don’t cook. That’s the day we make sandwiches (as big as our heads, our cooking teacher Silvestro likes to say) and head to the seaside town of Otranto for […]

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The Travel Day

October 5, 2015 | Airlines, Europe, Italy, Rome, Travel


The travel day: that day that stands between me and my long awaited month in Italy. I consider myself a travel pro, and I don’t get ruffled very much traveling. I blog about how to pack light, I arrange trips for others, and I travel often. Yet this first day of at trip, the travel […]

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Announcing Cooking with Michele in Italy for 2016

September 18, 2015 | Italy, Lecce, Otranto, Puglia, Rome, Spongano, The Awaiting Table, Travel

Cooking Trip to Italy 2013

Have you always dreamed of a glorious trip spent in Italy, learning to cook like the locals do, while enjoying some of the greatest food, wine, and sights? Each year I take a group of guests on a special food and wine adventure to Rome and southern Italy. Next year, because so many have asked […]

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October in Paris

September 17, 2015 | Europe, France, Paris, Travel


I believe that fall is one of the prettiest times to visit Paris (actually a great time to go on vacation anywhere). The summer crowds are gone, the cooler temps make it more enjoyable to wander through cities, and Paris, really, is about as good a place as any to visit. Having spent 10 days […]

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My Top Travel Secrets: Clothes, Suitcases and More

September 3, 2015 | Travel


Imagine you’re about to take off on a fantastic journey. You’ve researched your itinerary, learned a bit of the language, and made all of your reservations. And then it dawns on you: packing light and traveling light would make all of the boarding of trains, planes, and automobiles oh so much easier. But say you […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light

August 31, 2015 | Travel


In just four short weeks from today, I’ll be heading to Italy for a month long adventure. I’ll be taking clients first to Rome, then to a cooking school in Puglia. And when they depart, my husband and friends will meet me in Lecce for a driving trip through southern Italy and Sicily. I’m flying […]

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Book Review: Eating Rome, by Elizabeth Minchilli

August 24, 2015 | Europe, Italy, Rome, Travel

Eating Rome

In just about a month I will depart for Rome, and I can hardly wait. Not because I’m going somewhere new, but because I’m going somewhere I’ve been many times (at last count I think it was 15 but I’ve kind of lost track). When you go somewhere year after year like I do to […]

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Patio del Nispero Restaurant in the Hotel El Convento in San Juan

April 27, 2015 | Caribbean, Cruise Ship, Travel


I recently had the good fortune of cruising in the Caribbean with 8 of my girlfriends. We’ve been sneaking away together for 26 years now, if you can believe it. This year we picked a cruise with some warm weather spots, including San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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