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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 3) – Montepulciano

“Although he’s slight, he has that wiry strength that seems to come more from will than muscle.” Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun ~~~~~~O~~~~~~ We have been looking forward to our journey into the heart of Tuscany’s countryside since the bistecca … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 2) – Bistecca alla Fiorentina

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” ~ Julia Child, legendary American chef and cookbook author ~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~ It’s a little wet and windy today but the weather is no damper as … Continue reading

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The Splendour of Tuscany (Part 1), Il Mercato Centrale

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”   ~ Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer ~~~~~O~~~~~ A good siesta after our long lunch at the world’s best restaurant for 2016, Mysaucepan and I find renewed energy and excitement as … Continue reading

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Ristorante La Greppia, Parma, ITALY

“So what’s the highlight dish in Modena so far?” I ask Mysaucepan, after our third day feasting in this city? “Definitely my parmesan entree at Osteria Francescana” she says without hesitation. “Well, we tried some excellent aged balsamic and also toured … Continue reading

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Osteria Francescana, Modena, ITALY

Mysaucepan‘s mobile rings as we are driving from Venice to Bologna. “You mean there’s a table for two?” she shrieks with excitement, momentarily stirring my concentration as the speedo inches at 130 km per hour. Due to a cancellation, we … Continue reading

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Osteria Dell’Orsa, Bologna, Italy

After four glorious days in Venice, we took an early morning drive towards Modena, famous for its Ferrari factory and balsamic vinegar let alone the city where the 2016 best restaurant in the world resides. On the way, we made a point to have … Continue reading

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Il Ridotto, Venice, ITALY

“It is such a beautiful time to be in Venice” I say to Mysaucepan. “The carnevale is reason enough just to be here, let alone a spag bol I’m craving for.” “Eat seafood when in Venice” she quips. “Your spag … Continue reading

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Carnevale di Venizia, ITALIA

Like a first date, Venice seemed unfamiliar and mysterious. But I soon warmed up to its beauty and passion for celebrating the good things in life. ~~~~~O~~~~~ After a week in Switzerland, we catch a train from Vevey for Venice, the … Continue reading

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