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The History of Food Porn: It’s More Than a Hashtag

“Bare, wet and with tender flesh exposed, I lay here without reservation. I am at the mercy of your insatiable stare, your eager touch—your so-called toys. Don’t be nervous. You’ve had your way with me before. Since then, you’ve dreamt incessantly of doing it again and again—admiring and stroking my supple skin. Only this time, it’s […]

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Indian, Italian, American: When Food, Music and Movies Transcend Culture

What happens when an American mutt, a Sicilian and two Indians get together? Sounds like your classic “walk in the bar” joke, right? Well, I’m here to tell you— it’s a ridiculously good time! I went on a recent trip that started with Pollo Marbella, some Shakshuka in the middle and ended with a tasty plate of Anjeeri Murg. Bless […]

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Luisa Spagnoli: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Feminist & Fashion House

When I was a little girl my bedroom wall was a shrine to Wonder Woman; her indestructible bracelets, swords and Lasso of Truth were my first glimpse at female strength and power. Today, instead of a cape and fierce boots, my hero wore a million hats—made magic with spatulas and scrapers. She unabashedly supported working […]

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Bring Back Old School Flirting!

It was 1985. He was no more than 11 years old and already devoted to Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Metallica and Anthrax. Very rarely would you catch his eye, as he often kept his head down, briskly walking up and down the school halls.  Looking back, he was a cross between Pharrell Williams and Johnny Depp—shy but with a […]

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“Pretty in Pink” for Picky Eaters

It was 1986, when John Hugh’s script, turned movie- juggernaut, “Pretty in Pink”, captivated the hearts of a generation, becoming one of today’s most adored cult classics. I may not have been a teenager when it hit the big screen just yet, but I do remember catching up on the Molly Ringwald madness. I too fell in […]

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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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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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