Hiking the Samaria Gorge – An Absolute Must

This past May our family visited Greece. As part of our trip we visited the beautiful island of Crete and stayed in two cities, Chania and Heraklion. All of our research and recommendations from friends told us that hiking the Samaria Gorge in Crete was an absolute must. The Samaria Gorge is a National park located in the Lefka Ori(White Mountains) in the South Western … Continue reading Hiking the Samaria Gorge – An Absolute Must

Eggplant White Parmigiana

One of my Italian friends shared a link for a recipe for Parmigiana Bianca Di Melanzane or Eggplant White Parmigiana on her Facebook page. Since eggplant is in season I decided to try this layered eggplant dish with mozzarella that turned out to be a huge success with the family. The recipe calls for Pesto sauce so I have included the link to my homemade … Continue reading Eggplant White Parmigiana

Chocolate con Churros

A Spanish-American friend in college used to boast about Spain’s famous “Chocolate con Churros”, and how he would dip the delicious deep-fried dough pastry into the thick hot chocolate. Although I have been to Spain multiple times the opportunity to try “Chocolate con Churros” would finally come when I visited Seville. And it was all that my friend said it would be, it was heavenly! Our … Continue reading Chocolate con Churros

Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

Photo courtesy of Clara Petrucelli. (Top row, left to right) Penne Rigate all’Arrabiata – Penne in a spicy tomato sauce with crushed red pepper flakes. Fettuccini Porcini – Fettuccini with Porcini mushrooms. Rigatoncini all’Amatriciana – Small rigatoni with sauce made with Guanciale (pork cheek), pecorino cheese, and tomato. This pasta originates from the town of Amatrice. One of the towns in Italy hit recently by the … Continue reading Nine Mouth-Watering Reasons to Visit Italy

Brussels – Our Other Home

By now you have heard the terrible news of the bombs that went off in Brussels. Brussels is our other home. We lived in Brussels close to 5 years, from 1997 until  2001. It was an amazing experience and was made even more special because both our children were born there. We left a little bit of hearts there. Today my thoughts are with the people of Belgium. … Continue reading Brussels – Our Other Home

The Life of a Parisian Dog

Le Petit Chien sits in his basket, with patience  awaiting his master. He follows her with his eyes, as she disappears into Pâtisserie Versailles. He dreams of creamy éclairs, and tutti frutti tartes, and of all those little cakes in shapes of hearts. Le Petit Chien sits in his basket, with hope awaiting his master. “Hurry back mon amie, I promise to help you with all … Continue reading The Life of a Parisian Dog