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. . . bustling . . . Modern Italian . . . friendly

Restaurant noise, attentive service, sitting in the middle of a family style table and ambiance made us feel like we had found a welcoming happy place for our dinner out after an art opening in the city.

My Parma pizza was from the Le Pizze Tradizionali menu. The crust was thin and crisp and supported perfectly a generous yet truly balanced proportion of mozzarella, fontina, arugula and the most wonderful prosciutto di parma. My road buddy ordered the anatra pizza from Le Pizze Napoletane menu. His crust was doughy and flavorful and a perfect plate for the san marzano tomatoes, anatra duck luganega, red onion, cerignola and mozzarella.

We were really there for the pizza but the rest of the menu looked equally enticing and full of balanced flavors and interesting combinations.

Marc Vetri is a supporter of local farmers and this definitely came through in the Antipasti dish that we had. It was a fall special [a little behind in posting this ; )] and the variety of vegetables prepared and seasoned uniquely was again perfectly balanced and interesting! I would recommend starting with any dish from the antipasti menu in any season and his menu does change seasonally.

On my wish list for our next visit is the pumpkin ciambella with spicy hot chocolate and homemade fluff. I saw several of these wonderful plates with pillowy puffs and hot chocolate and fluff come out of the kitchen. My road buddy was very encouraging about sharing an order including warning me that I might have some regret – hate when he is right ; )

Pizza Note: “In its simplest, most elemental form, pizza is melted cheese . . . on good bread . . . with tomato–one of the all-time great food combinations. Pizza is a perfect food.”  – Ed Levine


Fall colors, spices and big cozy sweaters

Golden Trees

This morning I woke to the sound of geese making their way south!

If I would have made my way to the window I am sure that I would have seen them flying low overhead in their wonderful formation with the ripply flow of a few geese breaking the pattern to find a new spot. We have just returned from a quick trip to Vermont to visit my dear friend and see some of New England in the fall so I was content to listen and snuggle under the covers for a few more minutes before beginning the day.

Fall is absolutely my favorite season! Heading out for my morning run with the new snap to the air and the colors in the trees against the skies dramatic sun and cloud mix is magical. I have already worn my big heavy orange sweatshirt – relaxing, cozy and comforting in its weight. Then there are the earthy flavors of fall – crisp apples with a sharp cheddar cheese, butternut squash soup and the warm, spicy pumpkin chai shortbread that I am getting ready to bake!

Before I turn on some music and warm the house with the smell of fresh baked cookies I want to share a few things:

The reading I did while traveling – KINFOLK http://www.kinfolkmag.com Beautiful and Inspiring!

http://www.vergenneslaundry.com – a french wood-fired bakery and espresso bar in what used to be a laundromat. It was a rainy day so the simply delicious potato leek soup with amazing slices of perfect rustic bread was awesome and followed by a mocha that is made with their hand made truffles, really, wow ; ) Oh and a great could sit here all day atmosphere!

http://www.pizzeriaverita.com – Neapolitan wood-fired [possible theme for the day] pizza and a very nice wine selection.

peace + love + hot cider gatherings around a fire

Breakthrough & Thank You

Garden CenterIt happened last week . . . the day started and I was feeling happy, grateful and appreciative of everything! This not totally unusual and mostly this is how I am, but over the years I have become a little unsure and unsettled and anxious. These feelings have creeped in slowly over time and create an undertone of how I perceive my activities and my days. Much of this has to do with time – I am getting older with less of it but more of an awareness of all the things I want to do compounded with a self inflicted uncertainty that I am doing what I should be doing. Add to this the current cultural state that time is going by so fast – really?

I have realized what has been going on and have been mantra-ing myself to living in the moment and acceptance. Everything I read and hear on this subject has also instilled a resolve to change. After all I most definitely do not want to look back and see how wonderful my life has been without fully appreciating it while I am living it – –

So on that day when everything was good, all of what I had been reading and hearing and working on myself overtook the questioning and let me just be in the moment and ok with me and my world. The breakthrough was it felt so incredibly good in my heart and my head that I know that this is the way of thinking and feeling and being that I want to hold on to.

It would be awesome if I could tell you that I am fixed and here is the answer. What I can tell you is that it is so worth the effort to work on being good with you just as you are. And, that I feel that my breakthrough came with time, knowing things had to change and after reading so many blogs, hearing so many stories and listening to so many friends . . . and for this I am so appreciative!

I want to Thank You!


my abc’s for the moment

The ABC [Awesome Blog Content] award for my blog, really – thank you to Janet @ postcard fiction for nominating me! I have thought often about those 26 items that describe me or things I like. It has also inspired me to keep going knowing that I will gain momentum – more content ; )  . . . until then I am loving all of the awesome and inspirational and thought provoking blogs that I am following. There are wonderfully, talented writers and photographers and individuals out there – what a cool thing to discover this diverse like minded community through the blogging world!

Please check out postcard fiction here and discover how much a photo and 50 words can make you feel! Thank you, again Janet for thinking of my blog!

http://postcardfiction.com/about/   &  http://postcardfiction.com/2012/03/29/people-are-actually-reading-my-blog/

I would like to nominate Anne @ enjoy my adventure – she expresses so well in words her adventures while giving beautiful life reminders along the way! I can so relate and embrace and then smile at her expressions on canvas ; )


Things about me:

Artist Baker Caring Diverse Elephants Friends Gardening Honey Inquisitive Jewelry Kindness Loving Music Naps Organized Perseverance Quest Running Serendipity Thankful Understanding Violet Wildflowers eXuberant Yoga Zinfandel

ABC Award

Time is relative . . .

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”   – Albert Einstein


Time does seem to be highly commented on and I will venture that most of the comments that I hear are something like: ‘time is going so fast’, ‘I can not believe it is the end of the day, Friday, a new year already”, and ‘I am so busy’.

How is it that we collectively seem to be consistently crazy busy with not enough time  . . . to get it all done? Does this state of being allow us to be enjoying our days or stress us out? And, can we positively affirm our way out of this situation?

Can we add time to our day as was once suggested to me? Or is it as her partner countered and the reality is a day is 24 hours?

I believe both . . .

There truly are just 24 hours in a day. But, we can make the day more if we find our personal ways to add extra time. This concept is individual in that we must look for what will make a difference in our perception of our day. For me, right now, it is creating a doable to do list, making a conscious effort to be present in the moment, being positive about my things to do and my accomplishments and creating some me time. This I feel is my extra time! Still a work in progress ; )

Einstein’s theory that time is relative led to his belief that it speeds up or slows down depending on how fast one thing is moving relative to something else.

So, perhaps if I slow down and practice conscious appreciation of the time I have then those around me will also have some extra time  ; )

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