Monthly Archives: October 2013

American Plastic Surgeon in Tuscany

When my two friends came, off-season, to have face and nose surgery, they stayed in our popular chicken coop away from the main house to recuperate. One day as I was working, looking out of my office window in the front of the house, I observed a car that had pulled up with 4 passengers…. Read more »


As featured in Orange Coast Magazine June 2004 edition Recipes include Lemon cello and Villa Lucia’s Torrone Lemon cello: traditionally served after a meal or before bed time. *Important note: the lemons must be untreated, meaning they do not have wax or any other substances on them. Ingredients: 10-12 lemons 1 bottle of pure alcohol… Read more »

Lost in Translation

Finishing planting the tomatoes, looking at my glove-less, stained and dirt-filled cuticles; I began to wonder if I was right in leaving city life in California for farming? At dinner that night, Claudia, my French girlfriend, reading my mind suggested with her little French accent to “fa un appuntamento per una man-i-cure” “Make an appointment… Read more »

Jorge’s Second Week on the Farm: Part 2

As Papa Antonio’s car screeched out of our driveway, I wished I could have left with him, Turning to Jorge, his face, red with anger, looked at me and asked “What are you going to do?” I reminded him that he agreed to half a cow as well, and besides, he is the doctor. “It… Read more »