Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens

I would not have believed in the existence of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen if I had not seen it with my own eyes: an amusement park in the middle of a European capital. was commissioned by King Christian VIII of Denmark in order to raise…

Italian Ingredients: Mozzarella

Ingredienti Italiani: Mozzarella Starting this week, for La Piazza’s new “Ingredienti Italiani” series, I’ll be sharing brief notes on favorite Italian recipe ingredients–itemized and brought to you in totally random order. Annotations will duly include: bilingual names with phonetics, useful nutrition information, cooking tips, interesting…

Myrtle Beach 101: Myrtle Beach State Park

  Part Two (for Part One, about various locations in the Myrtle Beach area go here. Or here for shopping in Myrtle Beach. Or here for one of our favorite restaurants for out of town visitors.) Parks haven't always been my thing. I used to think…

The Clifton Inn, Charlottesville, Virginia

Clifton Inn, Charlottesville: When visiting the University of Virginia, my daughter and I found it to be a special place for a mother and daughter to stay. See the raindrops on the petals? My mother used to tell me that meant more rain was coming.…
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How to Dress Like an Italian

. White sneakers and khaki pants? American. Flip flops and shorts in the middle of winter? German. Default raincoat and pink lipstick? British. Vintage sundress, leggings and mary janes? French. Skinny jeans, high-heeled boots, designer tote and crisp white T-shirt? Italian. You may also like: Travel…

Turkish Food with the Sultan at Home

Food can be a window into Turkish culture, even from home (recipe included below) So there I was, sitting in Izmir, Turkey, overlooking the sea. I love the Aegean. Yeah, in my own mind. The truth is I was not at the Aegean yesterday. I…

Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC: Feeling All Homey

Hominy Grille, Charleston, South Carolina Choosing where to eat in Charleston can be a little daunting. But as soon as we are embraced in the golden light that emits from the entrance of Hominy Grill, Charleston, and embraces like a maternal hug, and take in…