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  • Hiking the olive orchards between Florence and Fiesole
    Hike Florence to Fiesole - a small mountain treasure
    Fiesole, Italy, is an easy afternoon trip from Florence, and well worth the visit! The small town features spectacular views, a Franciscan monastery, Etruscan walls, and Roman ruins - all of which can be seen in a single day! Although most people...
  • Desert at twilight
    Sonora Desert Museum is an authentic experience
    “This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans...
  • The Tuscan Sun Shines Brightly at Carmine's Italian
    The Tuscan sun shines brightly at Carmine's Italian
    Down the street from a quite extraordinary gourmet grocery store, Bristol Farms is a restaurant called Carmine’s Italian. Patrons have told me whileon your drive home off the 110 freeway exiting on Fair Oaks Avenue, if you roll your windows...
  • Brio Tuscan Grille
    Brio Tuscan Grille: a snazzy happy hour selection
    Brio Tuscan Grille (24325 Cedar Road,Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124) is a Tuscan treat in Lyndhurst, located in Legacy Village. Despite having multiple locations, Brio manages to keep the menu and atmosphere unique and fun for everyone.The menu includes...
  • The Hangar at the OC Fair
    Chef Fabio Viviani at the OC Fair
    Top Chef’s fan-favorite, Fabio Viviani, is not just a contestant, TV personality, and great cook; he has made an indelible impression in southern California with his exquisite Tuscan cooking. Trained at Italy’s Instituto Professionale...
  • Brio Tuscan Grille opens their doors to Baltimore
    Brio Tuscan Grille opens their doors to Baltimore
    It was a balmy night mid March, seriously, warm but not too hot when I joined a couple of my media peeps at the inner harbor at the new Brio Tuscan Grille. So lovely was the evening the bar doors were open wide and people were enjoying their...
  • Tuscan Tossed Salad
    Tuscan Tossed Salad
    I like to let this salad sit awhile to allow the flavors to blend. Serve it in a pretty, clear trifle dish and you'll have a stunning side dish on the tableWhat You Need: (Makes: 16 servings)1 loaf (1 pound) of focaccia bread, cut into 1 inch...
    Elba, Explore this Tuscan Island on a crewed yacht charter
    Visiting any island is always easier by crewed yacht charter and Elba is no exception. In fact, Elba is a large island and has several ports, so a circumnavigation of Elba while on yacht charter is one of the best ways to see this island. The...
  • Il Bastardo di Sangiovese Toscana
    Il Bastardo: A stroll turned into a drink, then dinner, then amazing deliciousness
    In need of an endless glass of wine and something so sinful, we walked--and walked and walked, nothing filling our void. With another restaurant in mind, Il Bastardo stopped us short in our tracks and changed it quickly. "This was not here a...
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