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A Week in Moorea French Polynesia

A Week in Moorea French Polynesia

We just had a trip of a lifetime in Moorea. Moorea is a South Pacific island in French Polynesia’s Society Islands. The Iconic jagged mountains, sandy beaches, picturesque Bays and South Pacific sunsets are like nothing you could dream of. Here are some of my 

Pesto Making Class in Manarola Italy

Pesto Making Class in Manarola Italy

What a treat, a real pesto experience. Nessun Dorma in Manorola Italy offers a traditional Ligurian pesto making class. Once we arrived at the cooking class we received all of the ingredients to make pesto. We picked the leaves off of fresh basil plants, soaked them in ice water, and prepared them for the Carrara Marble Mortar. This was a highlight of our trip to Cinque Terra. We were staying in Vernazza Italy and it was only a short train ride from one village to the next (a couple minutes). The location of this restaurant and the views were amazing. Our meat and cheese platter we received after our class was wonderful and went well with the pesto. The cooking class started at 10:30 and when we left, there was a long line of customers patiently waiting. I would recommend this activity on a trip to Cinque Terra. Check out this video from Nessun Dorma https://youtu.be/QfwzEAD7-xw

2022 Mrs. Blums Recipe Contest

2022 Mrs. Blums Recipe Contest

An outdoor picnic is a wonderful way to share a meal with family and friends…and sometimes an ant or two. Our contest theme this year is “Picnic in the Park”. Think back on the best picnic you’ve ever had and submit your favorite recipe that 

2022 Cavit Pizza Better Together Recipe Challenge

2022 Cavit Pizza Better Together Recipe Challenge

Submit your very best pizza recipe with your recommended Cavit Wine pairing and you could win one of FOUR Bertello Pizza Ovens – the ultimate tool for making the most pizzaiola-worthy at-home pizza pie. We will be selecting one winner in four categories – Best Vegetarian, Best Gluten-Free, Meat Lovers’ Dream, and Most Creative. To submit your recipe for review, select the category of your submission and enter all the requested information below by March 31, 2022. Grand Prize (4) – Bertello Outdoor Pizza Oven valued at $370.00. For more information and to enter this contest visit https://www.cavit.com/bertello/

Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

Seaside Bike Ride and Lunch Near Cinque Terra Italy

You hear about the 5 villages of Cinque Terra. They consist of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.  On our last trip to Italy, We decided to explore beyond these 5 villages.

When planning our trip I discovered  a  6 mile round trip seaside promenade thru old train tunnels located along the Ligurian sea.  I decided this was a must to explore, and hadn’t heard of it before or talked to anyone who had done this.  Here is how we experienced this day trip from Vernazza.  Vernazza was our home base location while exploring Cinque Terra and beyond.

We took the train from Vernazza to Levanto.  This is about a 10 minute train ride. From the train station we walked into Levanto and rented bicycles at Sensafreni Bike Shop.  I had the rental arranged ahead of time. They have a Facebook page. From the bike shop we made our way to the promenade and rode our bicycles to Bonasolla Italy (about 1.5 miles).  We then rode on to Frammura Italy (another 1.5 miles)  We parked our bicycles and walked thru the village of Frammura. Frammura is made of five medieval hamlets A hamlet is a small settlement, There’s not a lot there but it was a beautiful little hike up the hillside.  From there we rode back to Bonasolla where we had lunch outside at Caffe dell Rose.  Here you will find a review and more photos on Trip Advisor

After lunch we rode back to Levanto, had ice cream around the square and returned our bikes.