12 Things the Italians Do Better Than We Do

From coffee to gelato, to suits and beaches, the Italians have a certain flair for food, fashion and fun. Here are 12 things our Italian friends do like no one else. Source: 12 Things the Italians Do Better Than We Do Continue reading

Starbucks to open high-end Roastery in Italy

It marks Starbucks' entry into the Italian market where its founder drew inspiration. Source: Starbucks to open high-end Roastery in Italy Continue reading

The Best Italian Imports Stateside

Can't get to Italy this fall? Try a few of these Italian imports to satisfy your craving. Source: #EatChic: The Best Italian Imports to Buy Stateside Continue reading

25 Photos of the Amalfi Coast That Will Spark Your Wanderlust

These images of the Amalfi Coast are breathtaking....I was there 8 months ago today and remember the feeling like it was yesterday. Easily one of Italy's most famed destinations, the 31-mile stretch of beautiful blue views has graced countless Instagram feeds. Source: 25 Photos of the Amalfi Coast Continue reading

10 Italian destinations frequented by the super rich

I may not be one of the super rich mentioned in this story, but I do agree that these Italian destinations are uber luxurious and worth every penny you spend to get there. Renowned for its grand old architecture, beautiful scenery, and world-class cuisine, Italy has become one of the best countries Continue reading

Starbucks Enters Italian Market

Starbucks Enters Italian Market

One of the many things I admired about Italy when I visited a few months ago, was how serious the Italians are in regards to their coffee. Despite my best efforts the blend with the coffee loving locals, I managed to stick out like any Starbucks drinking American....and it was all in the way I Continue reading

Dreaming of Italy, One Cafe at a Time

One of the things I miss most about France and Italy is the amazing coffee or cafe. Americans may have a Starbucks on every other corner, but there's nothing like sipping a creamy and slightly sweet cafe latte while overlooking the coastal waters in Positano, watching the boats pull into port. Like Continue reading

Carpe Diem in Rome

Carpe Diem in Rome

Last week, I was awarded my company's top honor (yes, I actually have a day job). The honor was a complete surprise and included recognition in front of over 1,000 of my colleagues as well as an all expenses paid trip to Rome for two! After many hugs and photos, I finally realized that I was not Continue reading

Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Big Bites in the ‘Burbs

Whenever I travel, I look for smaller, locally owned and sometimes out-of-the-ordinary places to dine, avoiding chain restaurants whenever possible. This had led me to some amazing meals here in the US, Canada, Europe, and beyond. At home in Chicago, I try to follow this more European style of Continue reading

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading

12 Ways to Order Espresso

12 Ways to Order Espresso

When my husband recently started drinking espresso (via our Nespresso), I tried to explain the difference between the many "fancy" espresso drinks - mocha, cappuccino, macchiato, etc, most of which seemed to have originated in Italy. Even this weekend, as we dined in our hotel restaurant, I found Continue reading

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

12 Ideas for a European Staycation

(photo source) Have you ever wished you could experience Europe or even a different country, without the excessive expense or time away from work? With one month to go until the unofficial end of summer, why not plan a few European-like experiences right in your own area  - a European Staycation Continue reading