Packed and ready for home

Oftentimes at the end of a trip, there’s a feeling of wishing it could continue indefinitely. Such is not the case for us this time. Mama and I are ready and eager to return home to California. We had a wonderful time with our Italian friends and making new friends along the way. We enjoyed absolutely…

Following Feed Phil’s footsteps and more

Mama and I started off the day with lunch of cicchetti, or small bites, from a wonderful and tiny place called All’Arco, which we learned about from watching Netflix’s “Somebody Feed Phil.” The food was incredibly innovative and fresh, and we enjoyed getting to meet Mateo, who was introduced in the show. Then as Mama…

Finding ourselves in San Marco at sunset

Mama and I took a long, slow walk across Venice today. We started at our apartment in Castello, walked nearly to the Rialto Bridge, then circled back to San Marco, and finally home again. We scrapped our original plans for today, because we had a few enjoyable errands to run around the city. We went…

Mama’s birthday in her favorite place

Today we celebrated Mama’s 76th birthday in her favorite place in the world: Venice, Italy! I brought her coffee and pastry from a local bar, which we enjoyed at home. Later we ventured out in the direction of a campo she loves. Along the way, we found ourselves at a shop we’ve long adored, called…

Walking (and eating) through Venice

Mama and I had a lovely day in Venice, on our own little, self-planned walking food tour. First, we stopped for cafe lattes and pastries at Rosa Salva. We sat at one of the outside tables, looking onto the Campo Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo. We enjoyed watching the people parading past us nearly as much…

Small bites packed with flavor Venetian style

Mama and I were so exhausted from the last few days, we procrastinated leaving our Venetian apartment today, until it was nearly too late. We were drawn from rest by the memory of these incredible small bites packed with flavor. Friends we met on our trip five years ago introduced us to this gem. Cantine…

Celebrating 1,000 good things

When I started writing about one good thing each day on January 1st, 2016, I had no idea what it would become. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up for the entire year, and the idea of a public failure was daunting. But I was in a dark place and knew…