Lost in a very small space

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My daughter, Lois, came to visit, which was a boon and a delight. She is the best of companions: curious, humorous, calm in the face of adversity (which I am not), cheerful and determined the enjoy each adventure to the … Continued

Eating with Francesco

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Gabriella goes to attend to a friend who is very ill. Francesco proceeds to cook a dinner of great magnificence. He cooks as he speaks, with careful deliberation, attending to each detail with meticulous care. We start with home salted … Continued

Giglio. Perche no?

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Posted from Tuscany, Italy. And so I walked into the warm embrace of Francesco and Gabriella Carfagna. To be honest, it was a bit of a slog from Piombino to Porto Santo Stefano was much further than I had anticipated. … Continued

The Sage of Bra 2

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Tomorrow you¹ll go past and through some interesting places. Just out of Piombino, you¹ll go past some of the bathing resorts I frequent when I stay in Suvereto, after which, halfway up the hills to your left, you¹ll see the … Continued

Eating Out in Elba

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I forgot to take photos of the places I ate, but I liked the look and products of this pastificcio in the Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele Secondo, Marciana Marina La Taverna, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele Secondo, No 2, 57033 Marciana Marina. Tel: … Continued

Elban Idyll

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I should have spent longer Elba. Never mind. It only means I’ll have to go back again. And should I do so, I can think of nowhere better than the Agriturismo of Valle di Lazzaro run by Stefano and Tiziana … Continued

Elban Dainties

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I don’t intend to put too many detailed recipes into this blog. I want to save them for later. But I will include tips, ideas and observations based on talking to or watching people cook. La Tonnina An Elban classic … Continued

Two Tales of Three and a Half Winemakers

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Stefano Farkas bears an uncanny resemblance to a hero of mine, the great French fisherman, Charles Ritz, author of A Flyfisher’s Life and inventor of the high-speed/high line method of casting a trout fly and architect of the beautiful Pezon … Continued

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