Happy Valentine’s Day. A Love Story.

Hi there! I know it’s been awhile and I thank you for being patient with my break from the blog. I did not stay away because I was avoiding you, honest! January was an emotional month, with the loss of an old friend and the usual January Business Anxiety, though I must admit that this…
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February 14, 2011 0

Happy New

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? I got many books, which is good because one of the things I am bringing back to my life more this year is reading for fun. I read a lot of trade magazines and books, and often that IS fun and that’s ok, but I miss reading…
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January 5, 2011 0

Catering Fun, Bay Street Bistro, & Good Soup!

The rainy season is upon us. I know it seems like an understatement after the past few days, but that is only because it really didn’t start until then. Every single day last week had at least an hour of sunshine and blue skies, which served as a lovely reprieve from the otherwise constant rain.…
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December 13, 2010 0

Tom Douglas’ Cookbook Social w/New Friends & Chinese Food w/Old Friends

Last Wednesday was the 5th annual Cookbook Social that Tom Douglas puts on at his Palace Ballroom. Chef Douglas invites several local cookbook authors, who all bring books to sign & sell and samples of their food, and we get to go see the authors up close and personal, as well as try their samples…
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December 7, 2010 0

The Hammer of the Gods

Here’s a little tidbit you may not know about me: I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN! They are the #1 band in the history of music for me, and there is not one song that they have ever done that I do not like. That’s unusual; I love most music and off the top of my head…
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November 30, 2010 0

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude and love are daily themes for us, both at the cafe and at home, and Thanksgiving is a time for us to concentrate our gratitude even more. We have so much to be thankful for all the time, though I am feeling it more abundantly this week. Our business is up from this same…
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November 22, 2010 0

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig – a few final thoughts

Aaahhh… it is so nice to sleep in my own bed and snuggle up with my kitties. It is pouring down rain and so it feels great to just stay inside and drink hot tea while I work. Our last day and half was really lovely in Ostia, a beach resort community about 10 minutes…
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November 1, 2010 0

Cortona to Ostia, by way of Rome, Italy-Thursday October 28

It is 11 in the morning and we are on the train from Cortona to Rome. The tour is over and we are soothing our sorrows of leaving in a first class compartment where I can even plug in my computer! The Tuscan countryside is whizzing by us (actually it is probably the Umbrian countryside…
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October 28, 2010 0

Cortona Italy, Tuesday October 26, Mark’s Birthday! 11:00 pm

This morning started out windy and chilly, though still warmer than it had been up north, partly cloudy and yet gorgeous blue skies and sun kept with us throughout the day. We drove about an hour away to the idyllic hill town of Pienza, which is has stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and wonderful…
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October 26, 2010 0

Cortona, Italy-Monday October 25 8 am

It is now Monday and I apologize for leaving you hanging for so long. Even here in Cortona it is difficult to get a good signal and timing has been very difficult with the long days. I will catch you up as best I can in the next 45 minutes and post, then try to…
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October 25, 2010 0