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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, 2014 Edition

Written on September 21, 2014 at 11:48 am, by

I’ve been back from Italy for a few weeks now and have been slow to post about my trip. I’ve been savouring the post-vacation glow and to be honest, I’ve wanted to hang on to the sweet memories of my trip for a bit before sharing them. To call my summer trips to my father’s  Continue Reading »

What I Did on My Summer Vacation. 2013 Edition.

Written on August 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm, by

I am back. After three weeks basking in the glow of family and friends in Le Marche, real life begins again. Each year, I find it harder and harder to find the words to describe the joy of these vacations. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. At the beach in San Benedetto, dreaming of  Continue Reading »

I Am Home.

Written on September 9, 2012 at 9:01 am, by

It seems slightly silly to be announcing that I am home more than two weeks after I actually returned home from my summer vacation. But it’s taken me this long to fully grasp the reality that the vacation has ended and that summer is waning. I’ve said it a million times but I am so  Continue Reading »

What I Did on my Summer Vacation …

Written on August 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm, by

I’m back. It always amazes me how easy it is to spend days and weeks planning a vacation and yet the vacation itself is so fleeting. I spent three-and-a-half weeks in Le Marche, visiting my family and enjoying our little house in the hills. I swam in the ocean, hiked in the mountains, negotiated the  Continue Reading »

… and I’m off …

Written on July 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm, by

Hello there. I’m sending you a note to let you know that I’m flying away to the little house in the hills. As I like to say, “I’m going to 47 Rocca Street.” I’m off to visit my beautiful Italian family and will be gone for a little over three weeks. Take care of yourselves  Continue Reading »

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation …

Written on January 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm, by

I am back from an unbelievably beautiful holiday in Italy where my mom, my brother and I spent Christmas and New Year’s with my father’s family in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche. We had such a beautiful time, filled with so much laughter and talk and of course … food! So. Much. Food. Being away from  Continue Reading »

That’s Just How We Roll.

Written on August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am, by

Three weeks. Three glorious weeks in my father’s hometown of Rocca di Monte Calvo, just outside of Ascoli Piceno and within an easy drive of San Benedetto del Tronto. I cannot even find the words to express how blessed I am to be able to step out of a plane into the heat of the  Continue Reading »

Where I Go …

Written on August 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm, by

I am off to Italy for three weeks to visit family and friends. I leave you with cookies and with the hope that August is warm and beautiful and full of fresh peaches and tomatoes. See you in three weeks! Ciao!

Pause. Return.

Written on September 18, 2010 at 9:57 am, by

I have been back from Italy for exactly nine days, not including today. There are moments when it is unfathomable to me how easily we can slide from one life to another. A month ago yesterday I slid into Italy, landing in Pescara and then driving (yes, I drove a car in Italy) out of  Continue Reading »

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Written on August 16, 2010 at 9:04 pm, by

I’m leaving for Italy today for three weeks. I’m going to our house in the town of Rocca Montecalvo in the hills outside Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche, which is where my father was born. The past few years I’ve been able to go back during the summer where I’ve spent my days and nights  Continue Reading »

Merci, Paris!

Written on June 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm, by

I have returned from Paris! What a grand week we had! The return home was a bit of an adventure but we made it back safe and sound and we’re left only with memories of a fascinating, delicious city. While we put in due time visiting all the sites, the reality is that that I  Continue Reading »

The Big Apple Sure is Sweet!

Written on January 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm, by

I’m back from a great trip to NYC. I had five jam-packed days there that amounted to a great start to 2010. I loved so many things about New York. I loved this bakery and this bakery. I loved meeting Katie. I loved having dinner here. In fact, I’m pretty sure I want to live  Continue Reading »

See You in September … or Thereabouts

Written on August 1, 2008 at 11:31 pm, by

Happy August, my friends! This is a short post to let you know that I’m heading to Italy to visit my family for three weeks! I will be gone for almost all of August. While I am Canadian in every sense, I cannot deny the bond I feel with the country where my parents were  Continue Reading »

In a New York State of Mind …

Written on March 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm, by

Well, I’m back! I’m glad you all enjoyed the pancakes from the previous post. Not only did I finally get to have some pancakes but I’m happy to say that with the exception of a few loose ends, work will be getting back to normal. This means that I can return to my blog, my  Continue Reading »


Written on March 2, 2007 at 12:34 am, by

If you’ve been wondering where the Cream Puff has been for the last week, she has been in the thick of battle with Workasaurus, the beast that has reared its ugly head once again. Long days and long nights have resulted in not much time for food blogging. The. Horror. But Mother Nature smiled upon  Continue Reading »


Written on January 3, 2007 at 10:18 pm, by

On a rainy Tuesday morning in Berlin, our tour bus pulled away from the hotel and we began the long journey to Prague, "city of one hundred spires." While the thought of hours on a bus may not normally sound appealing, I think we were all looking forward to the chance to catch up on  Continue Reading »


Written on December 28, 2006 at 11:52 pm, by

I’m back! I have bid adieu to the jet lag and recovered (somewhat) from 48 hours of constant eating. As I look ahead to 2007, and all the plans I have for my blog, I cannot move forward without sharing some of the wonderful experiences that I enjoyed on my 11-day trip through Berlin, Prague  Continue Reading »

Eye See You

Written on December 26, 2006 at 5:15 pm, by

    I am slowly emerging from the food-induced coma I’ve been in, brought about by consuming way too much good food. What is it about the holidays that causes us to throw caution (and good sense) to the wind when it comes to eating? Anyway, as I still do not have all of my  Continue Reading »

The Travelling Cream Puff Returns

Written on December 21, 2006 at 5:14 am, by

My friends, I have returned! My trip to Berlin, Prague and Vienna was unbelievable and surpassed all my expectations. Time and time again, I was amazed by the history, sights, food and people of these three great cities. Berlin opened my eyes. Prague gave me goose bumps. And Vienna … Vienna melted my Cream Puff  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Hands Out Homework: Name That Cupcake

Written on December 8, 2006 at 6:28 am, by

Well, my bags are packed, I’ve got my travel guides in hand, and I am ready to go! By this time tomorrow I will be in Berlin practicing my very poor German. Once again I want to thank all of you for your advice and encouragement. I promise to come back from Berlin, Prague and  Continue Reading »

Your Assistance is Requested …

Written on December 5, 2006 at 10:46 pm, by

Hello my friends! I cannot believe it but I am only two days away from my trip to Berlin, Prague and Vienna! It’s incredible that this experience, which at one time was barely a possibility, is now actually going to happen. I realize this is short notice, but I need your help! While I’ve spent  Continue Reading »

Dreaming of Vienna …

Written on November 21, 2006 at 1:18 am, by

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by Vienna. My fascination began at a very young age when I fell in love with The Sound of Music. Laugh if you will, but to this day all I need to hear is one note of Edelweiss and I will instantly become teary-eyed.  Continue Reading »

San Francisco 2005

Written on August 9, 2006 at 2:06 am, by

It has taken me so very long to finally sit down and write this post. I can’t even count how many times I started it, only to delete everything and walk away. In fact, I think I’ve probably been writing this since the day I left San Francisco, a little over a year ago. To  Continue Reading »