CHRISTMAS VACATION

Usually this time of year we are busy running around town gathering the last of the gifts, ordering cakes for the several holiday gatherings, baking cookies and writing up menus and shopping lists to make sure nothing is missing from our holiday tables. And in fact, I just finished ordering the last of the gifts.…

THANKSGIVING IN TRIESTE

For the first time in 4 years I am not going to the US for Thanksgiving to spend time with family and friends. Thanks to Covid-19, this year we are staying put in Trieste and, to add insult to injury, current restrictions prevent us from sharing this special day with our local friends. So how…

REPORT CARDS

Trieste continues to offer little surprises and reveal itself as a city of “Firsts”. Thanks to Sonia Sicco, a young woman I met a couple of years ago here in Trieste — I have learned something new about my adopted city. Sonia works in communications, but her hobby is to peruse and collect and share…

TASTE OF TRIESTE: Grappa di Erba Luigia

My social circles have shrunk noticeably in the last 9 months. I no longer host dinner parties for 20, or 10 or really anyone anymore. Rarely do I meet friends for dinner or cocktails (maybe 6 times since March) and now with the new restrictions even those options are off the table. Socializing has become…

Exhibits FALL 2020

Despite some concerns about going to art exhibitions in this tenuous period in our lives, I decided to call a friend and go check out the shows running in Trieste. First of all, the safety precautions in place are quite rigorous and reassuring. Sure, every now and then you’ll encouter a “maskhole” — that jerk…

FVG STAYCATIONS

Wow, no one really knows how this summer is going to pan out. Theoretically “the worst is over” but then there are concerns of a “second wave”. Right now we are living in this world of contrasts wondering if plans made long ago should still be fulfilled. Many of us hoping to see family overseas…

LA PINTADERA

La Pintadera is quickly becoming an anchor store on the newly revitalized Via XXX Ottobre. Just kitty-corner from the gorgeous fruttivendolo TRIESTE FUNGHI, it is another oasis of color, fragrances and beauty. While primarily a florist offering both fresh cut and potted plants and flowers, the shop is also part home store, art and jewlery…