Posts Categorized: I Love Lucia

Bathroom Adventures Continue – Flushing Problems

In the year 2000, our bathrooms became modernized. Tissues are of better quality – if someone doesn’t steal it – and the bathroom lights are usually not on a timer anymore. Most modern facilities now have automatic flushers (even though at times they might scare you off the seat like a high power Hoover vacuum… Read more »

More Bathroom stories: Using a Bidet

When traveling to Italy to work on our abandoned farmhouse in the 80’s, my neighbor Nina, upon my arrival and our customary cup of coffee together, would always ask: “So you’re here again, to add another bathroom. What do you Americans do in there?” My objective in the first 12  journeys across the sea was… Read more »

Seventy Years of Bathroom Experiences in Italy

After a year of blogging fun memories in Villa Lucia’s kitchen in Tuscany, I decided that in 2015 I will share bi-monthly some of my personal experiences in the bathrooms of Italy. This will be followed by bringing our readers into the bedrooms of Villa Lucia to share experiences of our guests without using names…. Read more »

Successful Truffle Hunt

Before starting our new season after a 5 month absence from Tuscany due to a family situation in California, I wish to note a wonderful group of fun attendees that ended our 2014 cooking week season. For many the highlight was the day of our most successful truffle hunt, 500 grams of white truffle. Leaving… Read more »

Meet Lucia

As a first-generation Italian, born in Connecticut and raised in a European household where old traditional values and customs prevailed, making fresh pasta was a daily activity. With an extended family of relatives from Italy, traditional food habits prevailed in our household. Fruits and vegetables grown in the family garden were canned every summer, and… Read more »

Italians will make Love anywhere!

Driving two couples back to the farm after an evening of culture,  one gentleman  expressed his need for a rest room. I could not think of anything available as we drove through the countryside.  I suggested to go behind an old farmhouse by the side of the road, which he agreed to do. Shortly afterwards,… Read more »

Great Guests in our Tuscany Kitchen

Every week is fun that it is hard to determine any particular group that is the best.  Our October cooking group of fifteen has to be one of the top for the year. Great people, lots of laughs,  good food, great wines and  stimulating conversations is hard to beat.  Tom, one of the  guests, shared… Read more »

Fun in Italy with my Sister-Friends

Just spent  two wonderful weeks  traveling alone with my 13 year old granddaughter Laila. From Rome to Abruzzo to our Tuscany farm followed by a  fabulous week with friends at their Tuscan seashore home before going  off to romantic Venice. Their daughter Michelle joined us and then led us to a new and exciting  experience … Read more »