Get Nuts or Go Nuts!

I’M NOT ONE TO SUGAR COAT THE FACTS ON SELF IMPROVEMENT, nor am I a Debbie Downer. For this realist, change has to start from the top— a place far north of my quads and triceps, residing deep within the cranial cavity. It’s where I meet myself daily to say “no” to a life sentence of […]

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Jammin’ Through the Holidays with Pumpkin Pasticiotti

Imagine perusing your local supermarket… Take it slow. Picture the store shelves. Visualize the recent, never ending line of “pumpkin EVERYTHING”.  The flavored coffee, pumpkin bread and cake mix, pumpkin butter, pumpkin granola, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin pie…People, with all of this seasonal food CRACK, somehow, something is missing. Where’s the pumpkin jam? The preserves?  The L-O-V-E? Finding freshly canned pumpkin […]

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Cefalù is Calling

It was about 3 years ago when I paid my first quick visit to Cefalù. I say quick, because time just wasn’t on my side. A gorgeous walk along the beach was nothing more than a tease and certainly not enough to kill this cat’s curiosity. As expected, a coastal temptress of this caliber lingers on the brain, calling one to […]

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Seeing Red

As Robert Palmer once sang, *Some Like It Hot. I’m not talking about love or lust…just yet. I’m talking about sun, sand, and surf. We moan and groan over occasional heat waves, but admit it. If summer turned a cold shoulder, we would be equally upset, as was the case for many Italians this year. Summer 2014 in […]

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A Sweet Transition

My luggage is unpacked. The jet lag has subsided. All tan lines have sadly disappeared… I’ve just returned from an amazing Sicilian vacation and to say that I miss family, friends, both new and old, would be the understatement of the year. No sooner than we touched down in NYC, I found myself driving to the office. […]

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The Day After…

If you attempted to diet early this spring, then join me when I say “Thank you, Global Warming”. Spring doesn’t even get a hot minute before summer hits and there you are mid squat with however many inches left to take off or firm up. Like it or not, the sun carries on, sizzling and sparking the annual calling […]

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Italian 101: “La Frittata”

Italy is known for a quite a few things. Afternoon catnaps are a national treasure. Ferragosto, Italy’s summer holiday, is considered both a right and religion. Italian caffè is not just a beverage; it’s where science, artistry and social prowess converge into a single cup. And although Italians make no claim to the world of art and fashion, they […]

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What Kind of Guy Wears a Bow Tie?

The bow tie, cravatta a farfalla, papillon… Whether said in english, italian or the rather posh french vernacular, it’s a timeless classic. It’s also rather short, but holds a long history and distinct reputation, one I’m beginning to question. This Croatian creation, originally known as the cravat, was born out of necessity during the 17th century Prussian wars when clever mercenaries came […]

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A Nutty “Pearing” in Paradise

There are marriages and then there is true love. The same can be said about food versus divine culinary experiences. My husband is from the beautiful island of Sicily, native to an east coast gem overlooking the Gulf of Patti.  If you have never been, then definitely consider a summer get away here! The terrain is chock full of surprises, a culinary […]

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