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…

Feste- December 8

Living in Italy or planning trips, it is always a good idea to look at a calendar and see if there are any holidays. Being a Catholic country, we seem to always have some festa or religious holiday as well as the national holidays. If these happen near or on a weekend, it is called a…