~In the south and around the world.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Thursday night we had a party at the villa. PalmaBella (and her assistant Brad'll Do It) outdid herself once again with the preparations. She had an antipasto misto table that was incredible. We had platters of cheeses, and meats- her famous gorgonzola with apricots, artichokes and a 'California' crab dip. There was enough food for all of Montisi. The limoncello tiramisu was perfetto.
The music was by Liz and Pino... what a fun evening. All of us joined in with a little singing and even some dancing.
I am not sure, but I believe there may have been some who were overserved. But, you know, 'what happens in Montisi, stays in Montisi'.
For those of you who couldn't make it... we missed you!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This year I turn the big 5-0. My present to me was a ride in a Hot Air Balloon over the hills of Tuscany. Robert and his wife, Liz, offer Ballooning in Tuscany from Montisi.
We had to be up at the crack of dawn, but it was well worth the early wake up call. We were very much a part of the flight team, getting the balloon inflated and ready for lift- off.
The feel of the air rushing up, the sound of the blast of the flame, the silence of the perfect moment. We saw the green and golden hills of Tuscany from a different view.
Pictures will never do it justice, but it is a moment I will never forget! Jerry and Paul had the video camera running, in case I need a reminder. I'll post pictures when I get off this dial-up!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here I am in the Tuscan country, dealing with a dial up internet and a 8 minute limit... now that is a challenge.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
A beautiful drive to Florence in our rental car. It is not the tiny smart car I had envisioned, we are in a hot little Alpha Romeo. Thank goodness there is plenty of room for luggage. We have a tom-tom named Thomas-Thomas (said with an Italian accent), who will keep us from getting lost. -I hope!
There is nothing like a cappuccino over looking the Arno River. The coffee tastes better... I think it has to do with the chatter of Italian voices in the background.
There is so much to see in a few days. The leather shops near San Lorenzo and Mercato Centrale are calling us first. We are planning lunch at Trattori ZaZa where they have a 3-soup plate with bread and vino. We will spend some time around Ponte Vechio and wandering the streets of Florence.
David is waiting for me!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
I don't think the gnome has ever been to a small Tuscan city like Montisi. Maybe he's in London or Florence... if we hang out at some of the most touristy spots. LuLa may just have to be content hanging out with us at the villa. I hope she doesn't make a scene!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The truth is... I started off on my search for the nuts. I quickly learned that Piggly Wiggly does not carry hazelnuts. They are not on the snackin' nut aisle, or near the peanut butter. Apparently, you can bake with pecans, or pecans. They do carry the tiny bags of walnuts and almonds for anyone determined to branch out.
So I just gave up.
If you are interested in visiting the rest of the Slow Bakers; there are plenty in the kitchen... Baked Alaska, What I Really Think, Old Shoes New Trip, Postcards From The Trail, Destination Anywhere, In and Out of the Garden, and Keep Your Feet In The Street.
I have already made my recipe for next sunday. Zucchini is not a problem in Alabama!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
* one light weight jacket that can fold into its own pocket