Archive for February, 2011

February 9, 2011

Featured Property: Casa Letizia

Invitation to Tuscany

Featured Property: Casa Letizia
Book now for a royal Italian discount for travel this Easter!

Exclusive offer: Families planning to extend their Easter break over next April’s royal wedding bonus bank holiday can get a 20% saving on a 14-night stay in this property. Stay 14 nights at Casa Letizia beginning April 16 and the rental is reduced to £2,418 (saving £604).

This is a stunning village home in the old centre of Lerici, with a breath-taking terrace looking over the Mediterranean, and the islands of Palmaria and Tino, as well as the once pirate village of Porto Venere. Casa Letizia is an ideal place from which to explore the coast – walk along the myriads of paths along the coast, or take a boat to hidden coves along the Cinque Terre and towards Bocca di Magra. The large terrace becomes the focus of the house and is a great place to sit with an aperitif, enjoying the sound of the waves below.


In this charmingly furnished, architect designed house, you enter on the main floor and work your way up or down. On the main floor there is a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living room, which extends into a breath-taking terrace overlooking amazing views of the bay and the sea. An elegant black slate circular staircase leads up to a bathroom and a double bedroom with a small terrace overlooking the sea

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February 2, 2011

A great chef makes more than great food…

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I love it when I can share incredible food from a local business owned  and run by hard working chefs.

Andrew Garrett
Portland, Oregon, United States
I am a chef with a passion for all things food! If I have a means I will do it myself. I forage, fish, hunt, teach, and share my love of cooking. Did I mention I train for endurance sports? Join me as I travel through “My Chef Life”

You’ll be hooked after reading this sample!

Today’s Food Is…

So yes it is 1:30am and yes I am writing in my blog. What the heck is going on here?? Well I have been all over today, I started by picking up Jason D. he is one of my cooks who to tell you the truth is just a great guy to be around. So he and I set out to create two dishes today.

First a salad of in season local”ish” produce, what did we find? Blood oranges, local golden beets (Prairie Creek Farms) arugula, and Granny smith apples and, walnuts. Second; I have my white truffles from last weekends adventure so I wanted to build a dish around those gems, what I came up with given my poll results was White truffle risotto with pan seared diver scallops and fried sun chokes (Jerusalem artichokes).

So we headed to North West’s City Market where my friends at Newman’s fish pointed me towards some great looking scallops U10’s. (under 10 per pound) I picked up some arborio rice and my produce. All together my total for a dinner to feed 5 people was… READ MORE

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