Post Tagged with: "Italy"

21Jun
2011

Shot of the Week

Late last June I had graduated college and was preparing for a summer trip to Italy. This time around, I’m posting from Buenos Aires on the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This shot brings back warm memories of cruising around the Italian island of Capri during that trip. –Karina

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30Jan
2011

Shot of the Week

The city of Sorrento is situated along the Mediterranean, except the majority of the buildings and activity in town are located quite a bit up from the water. Sure, you can walk down no problem; it is the walk back up that isn’t so fun. Of course, it is all worth it for the views. And pizzerias. (Such as Pizzeria Aurora, which I wrote about in a TKGO post back in August.) –Karina for TKGO

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6Aug
2010

Dining in Italy

Italian fare is one of the most influential and beloved cuisines worldwide, including — and especially — the place I call home. New Jersey is a haven for Italian-Americans (insert “Jersey Shore” cracks here), and I grew up dining at sublime local Italian restaurants. My trip to Italy was a chance to taste dishes I’ve enjoyed for years in family-run restaurants and my friends’ homes, back where they all originated. Between bites of our first meal in Italy, my family […]

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27Jul
2010

Venetian Masks

What lured me into Venice was the masks. I expected the ornate gondolas and charming bridges, but not the scores of masks hanging in shops and dangling from peddlers’ carts. I was unaware of their significance at first, but it was clear from viewing a couple of store windows they were important to Venice’s identity. I glanced at as many of the masks as possible, taking in their colors, eyeless expressions and designs. Just past Venice’s famous (and packed) Rialto […]

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20Jul
2010

Italian Style Tips

When I wasn’t marveling at a picturesque piazza or impressive remnants of the Roman Empire while in Italy, I spent much of my time ogling and analyzing what Italians were wearing. Everywhere I visited, Italians had it: that fashion-forward yet seemingly effortless personal style. I know I am one of many wannabe emulators of European — especially Italian — style, so I jotted down some observations while traveling and have attempted to pare them down into doable tips for all […]

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13Jul
2010

La Grotta Azzurra

I am back from a 12-day, post-graduation vacation to Italy with my family! While I could entertain you with missives about how delectable the food was or how stylish Italian men were — that will come — I have instead decided to start with a video from one of my favorite outings during our self guided tour through the boot-shaped peninsula. While staying in Sorrento, we took a day trip to the enchanting island of Capri (pronounced CAH-pree). We spent […]

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24May
2010

2010 FIFA World Cup

Countdown to the World Cup In less than three weeks, the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off. I’ve been looking forward to this event pretty much since the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup when I realized the end was in sight. (I also remember thinking, “I’ll be graduated from college for the next World Cup!” It was the summer before I was to start college. Crazy.) While the World Cup is undoubtedly the most anticipated sporting event in the […]

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18Mar
2010

(International) Online Shopping

Who says you have to go to Firenze to look like a Florentine? If you have some extra dough to spend, check out some of these cult favorites of the high-fashion elite, all of which let you order online and ship internationally but don’t have locations in the U.S. Kokon To Zai, London Call it ’90s tribal, call it futuristic. By any name, it’s quickly becoming a favorite of celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bjork. The online store just […]

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18Sep
2009

Cannolis, Cassatines and Mille Foglie

Chicago Magazine (in the recent “Best of Chicago” rankings) voted one of my favorite bakeries, Pasticceria Natalina, as the producer of the best cannoli in Chicago. Though the cannolis are decadent and far from any other “cannoli” you may have eaten outside of Italy, this little Sicilian bakery beckons the adventurous taste buds — everything tastes as good as it looks. Two of my favorites are the mille foglie and the cassatine tea cakes. Below is a TKGO original video on […]

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