Keep Calm and Silent Please

October 19th.  I’ve talked about this day with you all before.  It is my mom’s birthday.  I poured my heart out in a post called A Moment of Silence the first year of this blog.  And last year on this day I shared a totally different scenario.  I was asked to speak at the NWED (National Women’s Enterprise Day) in County Galway, Ireland.  So how to recognize her birthday this year, when we still don’t know after 27 years whether my mom is dead or alive?  Keep Calm AND Silent Please? Continue reading

A Heart Swell for Guardastelle

I’m back to share more of our recent Italian adventures with you!  If you’ve read the first two posts about our edible escapades (here and here) you’ll know we were on a foodie fantasy.  Hubby booked us in for a couple more days of R & R before we had to be at the Venice Film Festival.  Guardastelle was the perfect place to soak in the warmth of the Tuscany region. And I don’t mean just the sunny weather!  We were shown incredibly warm hospitality by the owners of Guardastelle, Susanna and Fausto.  In fact we arrived a bit earlier than we thought and while we waited for our room they brought us each a glass of their own tasty wine and sumptuous bruschetta. Cue heart swell! Continue reading

Eataly in Italy

It is exactly two weeks since Hubby and I returned from our amazing trip to Italy.  You may be asking yourself why it took so long to publish a blog post about our adventures.  Well the answer is two fold.  First, just a couple of days after we landed in London I boarded a plane again to come over to the USA to visit family, where I am now.  And secondly, when you literally eat your way around the culinary Mecca of Italy, it takes time for it all to digest (literally and figuratively) before putting thoughts into words.  There is so much to share I decided to break the glorious task up into several posts.  I already shared our Cuppa Critics reviews of the films we saw at the Venice Film Festival in the last post.  While the time in Venice took up eleven nights of our two week trip, we packed in loads of fabulous foodie experiences the first few days.  So if you plan to go to the Tuscany region of Italy, you may want to take notes.  Continue reading

Recipe: Woman Crush Wednesday

Wednesday, well hello beautiful friend!  And thanks to all of you for joining me as I shower another female chef with some love and admiration! No offense to the men out there doing their thing in the culinary world. But this is the day for gourmet girl power here on Yankee Doodle Paddy! I will be recreating a recipe by the honoree live on Snapchat (username blissbakery) if you’d like to watch.  It is going to be a good one because the 69th WCW recipient is the incredible Nancy Silverton! Continue reading