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Montepulciano Christmas Market

Montepulciano: A Christmas Market

It’s finally December! Can you feel that warm fuzzy Christmas spirit all around? This time of year always gets my serotonin running high. I love the smell of hot food and cinnamon sticks, pine trees and a fireplace. Although the presents that show up at the bottom of the tree Christmas morning are a very exciting moment; there is so much more to the month of December. Decorated in the holiday spirit and shining lights all around it’s difficult not...

Sofia, Bulgaria

Affordable Adventures: Sofia, Bulgaria

Hey everyone! I am really excited to have my first guest blog post! A new travel blogger, Monica Vaklinova, born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, is here to share some of her insiders’ tips on traveling through this wonderful city on a budget. Monica is passionate about travel writing and promoting healthy lifestyles. She has kindly agreed to write this Affordable Adventures post about her hometown, the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. Check it out! Sofia is a modern city, a capital,...

Chianti Classico Wine Cellar Tuscany Italy Enoteca Falorni

Greve Chianti: The Enoteca Falorni | Food and Wine

Greve! An unrecognized place in Tuscany Italy, but one which I believe is special because of its wine and cured meats specialty shops. It’s especially lovely because of the Enoteca, also known as a library of wine. The Enoteca Falorni is one of those places that if you don’t know about it you might never notice it was there. From the outside, you don’t see much but a staircase leading down to sliding glass doors. Upon entrance, your eyes bulge at the...

The Five Flavors of Italy

When you think of Italy, what are some of the flavors that come to mind? Tomato sauce? Wine grapes? Olive oil? The Italian food culture is so far embedded into the roots of its history it is often a source of pride among its people. Family recipes passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter held close to the heart of the community. Here you will find the five flavors of Italy as seen by me a San Franciscan living...

How to Order Italian Coffee in Italy

Italian Coffee: How to Order in Italy

Do you love coffee? Like you can’t start your day, right without your cup of Jo? And if you are sans that cup of coffee then your whole day is thrown off track? Well, if you’re in Italy then you’re among like-minded people.  We all know caffeine gives the body a good start to the day and helps our minds and body become alert and energized. Which is why this is the perfect morning beverage to wash away the sleep...