Fritto Misto

A Day on the Venetian Lagoon

First, a bit of Italian geography – the 57 mile long Sile River in northern Italy flows through beautiful countryside, the historical city of Treviso, and empties into the Venetian Lagoon. The Venetian Lagoon is an enclosed bay in the Adriatic Sea where the city of Venice is situated among 118 other islands and archipelagos. Monica and I were going on a river adventure and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Navigazioni Stefanato has run Sile River cruises since 1978 […]

Le Volpere Prosecco

A Glass of Prosecco Awaits You

If you’re on Facebook and follow Ortensia Blu (you do, right?) you’ve seen lots of really nice photos and videos from my trip to the gorgeous Prosecco region earlier this month. And if you’re not on Facebook, I don’t want you to feel left out so I’ll catch you up on a few things. First of all, we have a few spaces left on our tour of the Prosecco area, north of Venice, September 13-19, 2015. The adventure that Monica, Cristina and I have […]

Lemon Biscotti

Iced Triple Lemon Biscotti (from Ciao Biscotti)

My mother went on vacation to California and she brought me back a lemon. That’s it…just a lemon…nothing else. And I was happy. Very, very happy.  She picked the lemon from a friend’s organic lemon tree in Berkeley, then packed it in her suitcase and schlepped it home. (I’m pretty sure she did some other stuff in between like shop and play Canasta). It was the biggest lemon I’d ever seen – it could have been a big yellow orange if […]