Saturday, April 25, 2009

Judy Witts at Officina della Cucina Popolare!


Cook, teacher, blogger and author Judy Witts and her Tuscan husband came to visit Officina della Cucina Popolare this week. She's just out with her new cook-book "Secrets from my Tuscany Kitchen - Divina Cucina's Recipes" which is also the name of the cooking school run by Judy for many years in Florence. She still does special cooking classes and trips, for example small tours to the markets of Florence.
We're proud to have a her books for sale at our restaurant. Thanks Judy & good luck with your book!
Please see the link above for Judy's impressions of her meal!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Life in a Tuscan town (Colle Val d'Elsa)

Bound to the spot a bit more, I'm experiencing the joy of living in a small Tuscan village and being part of its heart-beat. I'm getting to know the townspeople much better and enjoying the banal everyday events that I was so longing after before. From the noisy street-cleanings in the morning to the observation of the people passing on the streets at the same time of day during every single day. Usually the recognition of you comes with a loud "buon giorno!" even if the weather doesn't always promise the day to be that great this time of year.
All in all, the restaurant is really going quite well and we are so pleased. We fill up with locals in the evenings (late, because Italian only eat after 8 pm).
I hope some of you will come and experience our cuisine! Every Sunday and Monday we organize a tour of our town before lunch. Here's a taste of the tour of yesterday:


Tour of Colle Val d'Elsa from Rebecca Christophersen on Vimeo.