Episode 54: Cucina Povera with Pamela Sheldon Johns

Posted: October 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | No Comments »

Hosts Sara and Michelle update you on the Amanda Knox trial, Berlusconi, earthquake prosecutions and speak with author Pamela Sheldon Johns about her new cookbook Cucina Povera and the influence of post-war Tuscany on its cuisine.

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Pamela Sheldon JohnsPamela Sheldon Johns is the author of sixteen cookbooks specializing in Italian traditional and regional ingredients. Originally from California, Johns has lived full-time in Tuscany for over 10 years at Poggio Etrusco, her organic farm/Bed & Breakfast in southern Tuscany, where she teaches cooking and produces an extra-virgin olive oil called “Pace da Poggio Etrusco.” Pamela has coordinated wine and food workshops in various regions of Italy for twenty years through Food Artisans.

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  • Poggio
    • knoll, outlook, hilltop

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Episode 53: Cinque Terre & Liguria Tips with Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera

Posted: September 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | No Comments »

Hosts Sara & Jessica are back with a couple announcements, news of Berlusconi’s true feelings about Italy, an Italian town declaring independence, & a drop in the number of weddings in the country. Then we speak with special guest Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera about traveling in the Cinque Terre & Liguria.

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Megan McCaffrey-Guerrera, @bellavitaitalia on Twitter is a southern California native and has been living in Italy for the past 8 years. She runs Bella Vita Italia, a customized tour company out of Lerici, on the Italian Riviera. She loves to travel, yoga, music and spending time with her two Lu’s, her husband Luigi and 13-year old lab, Lucy.

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  • Rientro
    • the re-entry – usually after a long absence, and coming back from vacation

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Food shopping tips in Italy from Cross-Pollinate Travel on Vimeo.


Episode 52: Tuscan Sun Festival with Alberto Alfonso and Edward Mayes

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Episodes | No Comments »

Hosts Sara, Jessica, and Michelle discuss the Pope’s first tweet, pot on Italian balconies, another round in the Naples trash crisis, & an Italian company making the news for firing only women. Then we talk with artist Alberto Alfonso and poet Edward Mayes about their unique collaboration, which will be presented at this year’s Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona.

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Alberto Alfonso by Al Hurley

Alberto Alfonso by Al Hurley

Cuban born Alberto Alfonso is a founding principal and President of Alfonso Architects, an award winning 35 member architecture firm located in Florida.  He has recently been appointed the Interim Program Director of Architecture and Design at the USF Polytechnic. Alfonso has exhibited his paintings in the US and Italy and they are permanently installed in the Nielsen Media Global Technology Center, the Mission of St. Mary Chapel and Carmel Café.

Ed Mayes by Frances Mayes

Ed Mayes by Frances Mayes

Edward Mayes is a poet and scholar whose works have appeared in many prestigious publications, including the American Poetry Review and Iowa Review. His books have received many awards such as the Juniper Prize and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Association Award; he’s also received the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award and Gordon Barber Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. He lives in North Carolina and Cortona, Italy, with his wife, writer Frances Mayes.

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  • alba – tramonto
    • sunrise – sunset

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