I’ve spent the last few days honing my tour guiding skills, pushing the limits of where I’ll normally drive in Calabria and being an interpreter and translator for two of my closest friends who are here visiting from Orlando.

With all of the happy friend-vibes running through my veins, I figured there was no better time than now to write about my friends-and no better place, than in this column.

Like my southern Italy pal, Saretta of Amid the Olive Trees said in one of her very first blog posts, “food happens.” And, that it does, Sara. That is why all I’ve done with my friends since they got here … was eat.

To lose these newly-placed kilos, I should turn to Linda of Ciao Chow Linda and try out her Calabrian jarred green tomatoes or her pepper jelly … that’s not fattening … is it? And about the chocolate zucchini cake? What? They are vegetables!

My real-life blogging friend, Andrea of Andrea Unplugged is taking her newly married status seriously. She has posted two new recipes in the last few weeks-one for a chicken, biscuits and gravy casserole and another for a light mac and cheese.

Brooke of Everyday Bailey is taking a look at things to come with her daughter, Rachel while Erin of Fully Alive … Ready to Smile is making a mess of her own in the kitchen.

My virtual friend Emma of How to Italy is back to blogging, while Abigail of Inside the Travel Lab has quietly announced a break.

Melanie of Italofile recently posted October events throughout Italy, Jessica at Why Go Italy listed the best Italy expat blogs in the travel industry and Judy Witts of Over a Tuscan Stove was recently published in Travel + Leisure Magazine. Way to go, Judy!

And speaking of writing …

Linda of Milanese Masala urged bloggers to sign the petition in support of freedom of the press in Italy, something I was just discussing with my husband since his friend was recently banned from Facebook in Italy for posting negative comments about Berlu.

And that is hard not to do.

If you are in bella Italia, enjoy this beautiful weather we are having! Everyone else … Buon Weekend!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Comments

  1. Are you serious?! Banned from FB? Is this China, Russia, or Italy?!!! Wow, that is scary-level censorship. Crazy.

    I was shocked, too. Doesn’t seem possible!!

  2. Food happens? A lot in Italy, doesn’t it?! I can’t believe someone was banned from FB for bad-mouthing Berlusconi. That’s really frightening! I’m more than a little disgusted with what’s going on in this country recently…

    I agree!

  3. Thanks for the shout-out. I was floored to hear that the guy was banned from FB. That is such a travesty of freedom.

    Prego, Linda. Thank you for your recipes. And yes, ridiculous re: facebook.

    .-= Ciaochowlinda´s last blog ..Yin-Yang Soup =-.

  4. how are your friends liking Italy?

    Thanks for asking. They are loving it. They were in other areas for 3 weeks, then with us a week. We’ve been showing them all around Calabria and we are TIRED! ha ha

  5. So there is no freedom of speech in Italy?! Is there really a law that you cannot write negative things about politicians in Italy? I thought they did that all the time.

    Well there “is” freedom of speech, J, it is just not always respected. Sadly.

Contributing Writer for:

DKTravel1Michelin