Chianti Wine … it’s more complex than you think

In: Chianti Articles
September 1, 2015 by Sri Vidya

The ‘Best’ wine… what does it mean? Is it the most expensive? Is it the oldest and from the smallest vineyards? Is it French, Italian, Australian? Once an enologer said to me ‘You know Elizabeth, really the best wine is the wine you like. Stop.’  And its true! Just drink what you like. The problem is the …

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Mercato Centrale San Lorenzo not only a great spot for lunch but a remarkable experience

Top 5 delicious and quick lunch spots in Florence

In: Florence Articles, Tuscany, Food and Wine
August 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

I must say that the idea of long, lazy 5 course lunches with the perfect wine pairing for every course sounds idyllic. The reality is that most days this isn’t going to happen when on vacation, especially if you are with a group or family and if you have limited time to see everything you …

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51 shades of Colour.. Sensational Tuscan ceramics

In: Florence Articles, Shopping, Tours in Tuscany
August 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

Having lived in Tuscany for about 15 years I have a well seasoned idea as to what most visitors do enjoy, and apart from the mouth watering cuisine and wonderful wines, shopping is high on the list of ‘must do’s’ for the majority.  One of the most requested italian treasures is in fact the handmade …

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Beautiful hand painted 'majolica' ceramic platters  from Tuscany
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Fried Artichokes – no need to be intimidated

In: Tuscan Recipes, Tuscany, Food and Wine
June 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

One of my, and my families favourites. You can’t go wrong with this and a sure thing to impress your friends when they come over for dinner. Artichokes are free of fat, saturated fat, and free of cholesterol. The lovely artichoke is low in sodium, and low in calories. They are a good source of …

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Italian Food Terms – don’t be stuck without it on your holiday!

In: Traveling, Tuscany, Food and Wine
June 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

A GUIDE TO ITALIAN FOOD TERMS Don’t be caught hungry in a lost little village somewhere in Italy staring at an Italian only menu (which most of them are when you are out of the bigger cities) not knowing what you should order. Italians still do eat things like tripe, brains, tongue and things like …

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Gelato with Four Fruit Sauces - a divine dessert at 'Da Delfina' Restaurant in Artinimo

The charming hamlet of Artimino – worth a visit just for the spelt soup

In: Around Florence, Tuscany, Food and Wine
June 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

The charming hamlet of Artimino worth a visit just for the spelt soup…. Tuscany is full of hidden jewels and the medieval hamlet of Artimino is one of them. Positioned a very convenient 25 minutes from the centre of Florence, it is a perfect location for a lazy drive into the countryside. Throw in a wonderful …

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Pici Pasta … delightful chewy strips of dough!

In: Tuscan Recipes, Tuscany, Food and Wine
April 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

Pici Pasta … delightful chewy strips of dough! ‘Pici’ are a type of homemade, hand rolled spaghetti that originates from the southern Tuscany area. If done properly ( ‘pazienza’ as Nonna Emanuella would say ) they can be as thin as the end of a shoelace. Children will adore helping you make them as the …

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Pici Pasta - A delightful traditional tuscan recipe
The stunning Piazza del Campo in Siena from above

The Jewels of Siena… A Travel Guide for the Uninitiated

In: Siena Articles
April 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

The Jewels of Siena … A Travel Guide for the Uninitiated Siena is one of my favourite Tuscan towns, great for a day trip anytime of the year and if you are up for emersing yourselves into the bustling crowds for the Palio then it is a once in a lifetime experience. Obviously it depends …

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Chianti Wine… It’s more complex than you think!

In: Around Florence, Chianti Articles, Tuscany, Food and Wine
April 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

Chianti Wine… It’s more complex than you think! The ‘best’ wine… what does it mean? Is it the most expensive? Is it the oldest and from the smallest vineyards? Is it French, Italian, Australian? Once an enologer said to me ‘You know Elizabeth, really the best wine is the wine you like. Stop.’  And its true! Just …

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The traditional Chianti Wine Fiasco
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‘Pan di Ramerino’ a traditional Italian Easter delight

In: Tuscan Recipes, Tuscany, Food and Wine
April 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Morris - Loving life and Italy!

‘Pan di Ramerino’ a traditional Italian Easter delight Typically Tuscan but now enjoyed all throughout Italy and you can see even from the name that it is from Tuscany. ‘Ramerino’ is a Tuscan way of saying ‘ Rosemarino’. Pan di Ramerino literally translates to ‘Rosemary Buns’. Now typically enjoyed during the Easter time but originally …

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