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January 15, 2010


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Ciao Simona,
Very interesting how my suitcase looks very similar to yours on the way back, especially where books are concerned!
I bring back Waferini and Viennesi from Babbi, a specialty from a local producer in my area (but only in the winter months!), and I fill my suitcase with Mulino Bianco cookies. I also bring back real Nutella, good balsamic vinegar, some wine, Grappa for my collection, gianduiotti,ceramics from Faenza, Formaggio di Fossa, and whatever specialty food strikes my fancy!
Grazie for a fun article!

Lori Lynn @ Taste With The Eyes

Neat post. I always get something for the table when I travel too. Usually a plate. Can't wait to see what you got...

Simona Carini

Ciao Vanessa. You are welcome. One of these days I should write more about Mulino Bianco cookies. I think that they are in our genetic material by now: every Italian expat I know misses them. One could philosophize on the subject (dimmi che biscotti del Mulino Bianco mangi e ti diro' che sei). By the way, when we were in Italy, we tasted some aged balsamic vinegar, the artisanal stuff: thick and aromatic, it was amazing.

Thanks, Lori Lynn. Hopefully, it will be a fun post.


La trilogia di Marsiglia di Izzo è meravigliosa, come gli altri libri dello stesso Izzo.

Hai fatto benissimo a comprarlo

Un abbraccio


I like your shopping list. ;-)

So, what's going on in the Abruzzo region now? I haven't seen anything on the news about them anymore. Have they been able to rebuild? Have things returned to normal for them? Yes, we should be better prepared for these disasters.



Haha! Whenever I visit my country I need a second suitcase to bring all sorts of things I can't find in Greece :)

Simona Carini

Ciao Baol. Mi fa piacere che approvi le mie scelte. Non vedo l'ora di leggere gli altri libri.

I am glad you do, Paz. The priority for the people in Abruzzo was to provide them with houses and move them out of the tents before the winter started, something that I believe by and large happened. Rebuilding and restoring will take longer.

Ciao Ivy. I like the idea of a second suitcase!

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It is good to know about your items of shopping.Hey I also like shopping and reading.I must say that you have recommended me some books which you bought.I really like that you have shared this with us.


Ciao, Simona!

What treasures you brought back with you. I've got my eye on that licorice, and am fascinated by the baking ammonia. I keep wondering what it's like to use vis-à-vis the other leavening agents we usually use here. And, of course, the legumes! If it wasn't so late now, I would perc myself some espresso on my Bialetti. I had one of the old-styled models, with the very angular handle, but I did not maintain it well; the inner metal got rather gritty, almost rusty. I replaced it w/ the newer model, but the arm just isn't the same.

Simona Carini

Ciao Susan. I have read that baking ammonia is used in traditional cookies like springerle. In my case, it is called for in a recipe from the Artusi cookbook. I hope to post the recipe at some point. On this page there are some notes on it. I know, in the more recent Bialetti, the handle is no longer as angular as before. I wonder if you can find liquirizia spezzata in some Italian specialty stores. Let me know if you do.


Ciao Simona!
Chocolate, cheese and wine or liquors are my favorite items to bring back. I think now that I'm in Canada bringing back wine will be more complicated but you can be sure that we'll try!

Simona Carini

Ciao Marta. I have actually never tried to bring back either cheese or wine, though I've certainly thought about it. Good luck!


che interessante e ottima lista della spesa, complimenti x il tuo blog, provengo dal blog di placida signora buon inizio di settimana

Simona Carini

Ciao! Grazie della visita e dei complimenti.

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