Giorni della Merla

You really have to pay attention in Italy with all the holidays, festivals and traditions. Although Italy is a Catholic country, home to the Pope, many of the Catholic holidays took over Pagan holidays. At the end of January, are the “Days of the Blackbird”. Based on the weather during these three days, it let’s…

Bless these Animals

I know, a lot of holy days. Living in a Catholic country, everyday has it’s patron saint, some even more than one. Today is Sant’ Antonio Abate. Not the Saint Anthony who you pray to if you lose something, but the one that is the Patron Saint of animals. How do you tell? Look down,…

Rocks in your socks-La Befana

When the Befana arrives it is a sign that the holiday season is coming to the end. The marathon of Christmas, New Year’s and finally the Befana. It is the time when Italians may take one of their vacation weeks and hit the slopes or just visit family. The calze, large stockings, are on sale…

Expat Pantry |Baking

One of the biggest problems being an expat is missing some comfort food. For me it is mostly baked goods. Bagels, Pancakes and other sweets from my childhood. I also miss some of the international foods I grew up on like Chinese, Mexican and Japanese. I want to share some of my pantry basics. I thought…

Babbo Natale or La Befana?

Being a mostly Catholic country, with the Vatican located in Italy, Christmas is a big holiday. But it was not about the gifts. It was focused on celebrating the religious holiday. Santa Claus, Babbo Natale, Saint Nick or La Befana? San Nicola di Bari is supposed to be the inspiration for Santa Claus or Saint…