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Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Most of my Olive Harvest Adventure Tours begin in Florence.  Not only is Firenze (Florence) my last name, but to me the most beautiful city in Italy.  I have compiled a list of the Best Tips When Traveling to Florence, if you have just a few days in Florence.  What to see/do Places Recommendations and Tips […]

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Olivina in Livermore

Olivina in Livermore, California –  An Interview with owner Charles Crohare I have known the Charles Crohare family, from Olivina in Livermore, for over 10 years.    Charles shared with me the history of the family estate.   Julius Paul Smith, an early pioneer in the California olive oil industry, carved out 2,000 acres of the beautiful […]

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Olive Oil Sommelier Course

Join me at the Olive Oil Sommelier Course at Lake Garda, Italy held from April 3-7, 2017.  This is “A course for food lovers, olive oil tasters, gourmets, food enthusiasts and professionals.” It is a  “wonderfully exciting olive oil & food experience for those who want a deeper knowledge of the production, commercial processes, tasting and innovative use […]

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Festivals, Food, and Fun: 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure

The 2016 Olive Harvest Adventure was filled with Festivals, Food, and Fun. The seasonal products in autumn are my favorites: truffles, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, vino novello (the new wine) and especially, olio nuovo (the new olive oil). It is also the season for wild boar, pheasant, and rabbit. In addition to harvesting olives for 1/2 day […]

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Taste and Test Olive Oil: La Prova del Pane (The Bread Test)

My Olive Harvest Adventure tour features tasting Olio Nuovo (new olive oil).  One way to test and taste olive oil is with “la prova del pane” (the bread test) or the ritual of the fett’unta (oiled slice), a simple ceremony that celebrates the new olive oil harvest each year. On my Olive Harvest Adventure tours, […]

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The World Series and Olive Oil

  What do the World Series and olive oil have in common?  Do you remember Joe DiMaggio, the famous Italian-American baseball player?   He set a record in 1941 of 56 consecutive hits.  He also won nine World Series titles during his 13 years with the New York Yankees. Well, it seems as if olive oil might […]

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World Pesto Championship in Genoa

In April, I traveled to Italy to serve as a journalist for the World Pesto Championship  in Genoa. This event is held every two years. One hundred participants, who had won local pesto contests from around the world, assembled at the grandiose Palazzo Ducale.  With secret family recipes and techniques, most contestants brought their own marble […]

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New Year’s Resolution #4: Enrich your Social Life with Olive Oil

An age-old question:  What does drizzling olive oil over all types of culinary pursuits have to do with improving your relationships? Research (from the journal of PLoS Medicine, among others) shows that strong social relationships are associated with better health and longevity. There’s no better way to enrich your social life than by breaking bread […]

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New Year’s Resolution #3: Go Green with Olive Oil

Resolution #3:  Go Green with Olive Oil.   What better way to “go green” than with olive oil for common household uses?  And, what better way to use old olive oil or olive oil that was fraudulently labeled EVOO? Because olive oil is created from natural ingredients, it won’t release harsh chemicals into the air […]

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2016 Be Italian for a Week

Are you looking for an authentic Italian experience? Be Italian for a week! Spend a blissful time this fall in an ancient Umbrian olive grove; experience the true Italian lifestyle – the meals, the wine, the olive oil, the art, the people. For the past five years, our, Olive Harvest Adventures – Be Italian for a Week have been […]

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3 Healthy Snacks for your World Series Party

The World Series starts at the end of October.  Are you hosting a party?  Serving only hot dogs?  Well, here are 3 healthy snacks  for your World Series party.   What you need:  country- style bread or baguette (sliced diagonally), sea salt, olives, garlic, fresh vegetables and your best extra virgin olive oil. 1.  Marinated Olives […]

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