Scenes From A Restaurant | The Osteria at Castello Di Reschio, Umbria, Italy

I stayed at one of the gorgeous homes at Castello Di Reschio in Umbria.  That will be another post.  In the meantime, this is their private restaurant, the Osteria, which was so rustic and intimate.  And well the food....... magnificent!


Verona, Italy

Just a few moments from Verona, the River Adige, Casa di Giulietta, Verona Cathedral, and the beautiful grounds of the Giardino Giusti.


Giuseppe Giusti Balsamic Vinegar Tasting | Modena, Italy

After our visit to the Ferrari Museum in Modena ( a must for a certain someone), we stopped at the oldest balsamic vinegar company in Modena.  Since 1605, Giuseppe Giusti has been producing the finest balsamic vinegar,  cooking the grapes and putting them into different types of wood casks.  Some have been aged for over 25 years.  The only thing missing was a glass of red and a hunk of parmesan.


Frassanelle | Italy

Frassanele is a farmhouse in the Euganean Hills of Northern Italy.  The entire property belongs to the count Papafava dei Carraresi since the 13th century.  Our villa was named Bencontenta with 6 bedrooms and bathrooms and a pool.  It was the perfect stay for our group and a great spot to discover the other local towns like Padova, Bastia, Este, Monfumo, Verona, Modena, and Venice.

And then there was Saba.  What can I say?  After visiting the surrounding towns all day and having gorgeous lunches at local restaurants, we came home to this culinary goddess who cooked for us many a night.  And I am talking 5 course meals, starting with a beautiful antipasto to go with our ever mounting bottles of wine.  You could find her in the herb garden snipping away little gems to go into her secret recipes.
Below are just a few of the many dishes she made for us and I honestly have never tasted better food than what she concocted in our kitchen.

Mussels in tomato sauce, roasted chicken, pesto pasta, linguini with clams, fennel gratin, roasted potatoes and whole branzino are just a few of the dishes we indulged in.
This is Frassanelle.


Cassis | France

We stopped for lunch at the small fishing port, Cassis, on the Mediterranean Sea, while on our way to Marseille.  I had heard so much about this little port and so why not?  It was a little out of our way but I think I had one of my best meals in France here at a restaurant called Le Grand Bleu.  Of course, L'Ami Jean, in Paris, is still number one for me.  Chevre salad of course, roasted peppers with an anchovy sauce, and my favorite, whole chilled prawns, ready to peel and dipped in an aioli sauce.  Magnifique!


Le Petit Bijou | St. Remy, France

While in St. Remy, we stayed at a VRBO named Le Petit Bijou.  This home is right in the heart of the village.  Walk out the door and you are in the midst of great cafes, patisseries, and shops, though located on a quiet little street.  Vicki and David Archer restored this home to perfection.  Every detail, the furniture, lighting, bedding, mirrors, sinks, and the beautiful white dishes were incredible.  Eye candy everywhere.  I could have stayed forever and with it's location, it is a great central point to discover the other beautiful villages of Provence.  Read more about Le Petit Bijou here.