Gift Guide for the Coffee Lover

It’s high time I did a gift guide for coffee lovers since I have a book for coffee lovers! Most of the things on my Italy Gift Guide are still good choices, but here are some more specific recommendations for the coffee lover. Here’s what I think is essential: A Moka pot Bialetti moka espresso makers...more

Introducing the Moleskine Passions Dessert Journal & a Giveaway!

Do you like secrets? Most people like hearing them. I don’t mind keeping them...more

20 Moments from Japan

Last month I was lucky enough to head to Japan for work, to speak at a WordPress conference in Tokyo. Though it was my first time in Tokyo, it wasn’t my first trip to Japan. Almost 20 years ago, I headed to Japan with my high school choir (yep! ...more

What I’m Craving: Chocolate Chip Cookies from Eric Kayser in Paris

Two months ago I had a quick trip to Paris. And now, I can’t stop thinking about a chocolate chip cookie. A chocolate chip cookie? ...more

Ask Me Anything: Italy Edition

Today marks the day I left California 10 years ago, to make a new life in Italy. I thought it might be a good chance for you to ask those burning questions you have all about Italy, so I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything: Italy Edition.” That’s when I open up the comments to all your questions and I answer them! Your questions can be about discovering something new in Italy, what you should eat on your next trip, what gift to bring back to your grandmother, what social issue is most worrying today, what I see outside my window, what Italian regions are underrated, what gelato I ate yesterday, what’s my favorite Italian dish, etc ....more

My Dream Car, the Fiat 500

I seriously have loved this car since my first trip to Italy, almost 20 years ago. The Fiat 500, said cinquecento (CHEEN-kway-CHEN-toh). Isn’t it beautiful?  I even had this photo of one on the homepage of for years and years ....more

Italian summer music 2013

Continuing my anniversary celebration – it’s been years since I’ve done an Italian summer music roundup! Hat tip to Rose for the suggestion. If you don’t see all videos in this post, be sure to click through to the site to view them.  If you haven’t read my past roundups, one thing is certain is that there is always a song which is played sooooo much that you get sick of it. Since I spend a lot of time walking around, in the markets, in the train stations, at the beach, these common areas get filled with music and you start to hear the same songs ....more

10 years in Italy…and counting

If you get my newsletter, you saw that I mentioned July is a big month for me. A big reason why is it marks my 10th anniversary of arriving in Italy. And 10 years that I’ve had this blog.  If you look at my archives, though, you’ll see that they only go back to sometime in 2005, but in reality there are a few more years of posts which I wrote upon my departure to Italy ....more

How I Travel: Using Google Maps to discover and map out a city

Are you a subscriber to my newsletter? I’m also on Twitter @rosso and I’m rossosara on Instagram. ...more