Hosts Sara, Jessica, & Michelle recognize a couple former podcast guests who are receiving honors, talk about fake earthquake victims in L’Aquila, & then chat with guests Rebecca Winke & Michelle Schoenung about what it’s like to be a vegetarian in Italy.
Note: You may notice in this week’s episode there is some extraneous background noise in some parts of the podcast – the speakers are still clear and very easy to understand. It’s due to a bug with our recording software & the new Skype, and we’re in touch with the developers about fixing it. Sorry!
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Eye on Italy News Stories:
- Former podcast guests honored: Dianne Hales becomes Cavaliere & Rosetta Costantino up for a cookbook award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals — Podcast with Dianne; Podcast with Rosetta
- Fake earthquake victims praising Berlusconi spark anger
- Italy puts 1 year moratorium on nuclear
Rebecca Winke moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and shortly thereafter opened an agriturismo in her husband’s renovated family farmhouse at the foot of Mount Subasio near Assisi, Umbria.
She spends her time taking care of guests at Brigolante, blogging about the lovely region she now calls home at Rebecca’s Ruminations, and wondering about what strange winds blew an urban vegetarian to a farm in Umbria. She is also on Twitter @brigolante.
Michelle Schoenung is an American journalist and translator who has lived in Italy for eleven years. She lives in Milan, which serves as a great base for visiting other parts of Italy and Europe, but which does not offer the “slow life” or “bella vita” she hears other expats in Italy refer to.
She is an infrequent blogger, and her most recent blog Viva La Pappa focused on life and, among other things, feeding her three-year-old son by taking the best from both of her cultures. She has been a vegetarian for almost her entire life despite being born into a “normal/carnivorous” family in meat-and-potatoes Middle America. She posts most frequently on Twitter at @mschoenu.
Note: We’re not going to be able to cover every possible diet here, but hopefully we’ll be able to give you some ideas for options that will work for you.
Eye on Italy Angolo d’Italiano:
- ci penso io
- Let me do it / I’ll do it / I’ll take care of it
Eye on Italy Picks of the Week:
- Sara: Gluten-free restaurants & food in Italy on Ms. Adventures in Italy
- Jessica: 100 Years of Movie Locations (via @thenotoriousmeg on Twitter)
- Michelle: How Italian Food Conquered the World by John Mariani
- Rebecca: The Italian Celiac Association‘s website (in Italian); Printable celiac restaurant cards in Italian; iPhone app for celiacs in Italy; http://www.campagnamica.it/ – A bit like an Italian farmers association (in Italian); being gluten-free in Umbria
- Michelle: NaturaSì, “il supermercato della natura”
- Deal of the Week:
- 4-star hotel in Florence near Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, overlooking river: from $180/night through most of April & into May
- See the WhyGo Italy travel deals page for the latest travel deals
Video of the week:
- Being Vegetarian, Vegan or Raw in Europe: Venice, Italy
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Love the podcast, great information. Please don’t type while recording, it’s kind of hard to focus on what someone is saying with the typing noise in the background.
Hi Michele, did you see the comment in the show notes? It’s a bug in the recording software we’re working with the developers to resolve.
Sorry didn’t see the note! Glad it’s all resolved. I listened to the whole thing anyway! Look forward to the next one.