• WorldWide

    Food, Glorious (Italian) Food!

    Of course she was hungry. She was in Italy, wasn’t she? – from “Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale”

    Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 8.52.32 PMItaly. Food. Italian food in Italy. Yes.

    The country that produced the Colosseum, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Valentino, can also claim to have given the world some pretty darn good things to eat. It just can’t be disputed. Well, I guess it can, but I won’t listen to any arguments. Therefore, if you are traveling to Italy, prepare to surrender yourself (and any sort of possible diet) to the food, and more importantly, to enjoy yourself in the process of eating.

    Pizza, Gelato, Nutella-Oh My!
    Italy has typically been stereotyped as a country synonymous with pizza, gelato, and Nutella, and with good reason. The first thin crust pizza margherita was made in Naples to honor the visit of Prince Umberto and Queen Margherita of Italy. Little did the creator, Raffaele Esposito, know how popular his masterpiece would become, and how it would (literally) expand around the globe (think American thick crust versions). Although it’s rooted in Sicily, in the 1920-30s, the first gelato cart was developed in the northern Italian city of Varese. And then there’s Nutella– a category in and unto itself. The popular chocolate hazelnut spread  by Ferraro can be found in candies, pastries, and various gelato flavors. But there’s so much more to Italian cuisine than these well-known favorites.  Arancini (fried and stuffed rice balls), traditional Roman amatriciana, Venetian black squid ink pasta, hearty Tuscan panzanella and ribolita.… and don’t forget about the fresh fruit and produce being sold in the local piazzas. There’s much to choose from, and even the the pickiest non-foodie will be spoiled with the endless culinary choices. So, by all means, enjoy that pizza, gelato, and Nutella (spread on just about anything), but remember to give the local dishes a chance.

    Snacks? Yes, I Think So.
    Is there ever a wrong time to snack while on vacation (and in Italy, no less)? I think not. First of all, your stomach will most likely still be in a different time zone for half your trip, causing you to feel hungry all the time. And second, you are in Italy. Don’t fight it. If a coppa of creamy stracciatella is calling to you as you walk by a gelateria, listen to it. If you are trudging up Via San Marco in Positano (in the 90 degree+ heat) and you feel it necessary, in fact, imperative, that you stop for a thirst-quenching rossini and some salty pistachios to help you make it up the rest of the hill or stairs, then do what you gotta do. Some of my finest travel memories in Italy involve my friends and me snacking away in various places and the laughs we had (some of it induced by how many adult beverages we’d consumed, but nonetheless classic fun). So, repeat after me: snacking = necessary time to rest, recharge, and get ready for another round.

    You’re Worried About What?
    Food is good and exceptionally good food is even better. Keep this in mind as you travel in Italy or for that matter, anywhere. I’ve wasted many vacations anxiously fretting about my calorie consumption and how I was possibly going to burn it all off. It did not make for an enjoyable trip for me or my friends who had to invariably listen to me complain. I’ve since gotten over that and learned to appreciate one of Italy’s finest souvenirs – its food.

    P.S. If you’re in Positano or any other hill town – make use of the stairs as an “easy” workout. You’ll thank (or curse) me later.

    You’re welcome.
    About the author
    Catie Costa has traveled all over Western Europe, with repeated trips to Ireland and Italy. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She recently published a new fiction novel, “Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale,” a story of two best friends, Kit and Bridget, who flee their humdrum lives in the States to spend an adventurous summer in Positano, Italy, where Prosecco, Nutella and romance abound. For more about the book, as well as Catie’s blog, visit http://www.positanotale.com.


  • New York

    30 Day Countdown for the New @SouljahBooks Finally!

    If you have been holding your breath like me, waiting for Sister Souljah’s next book, get excited!  In 2006, I read The Coldest Winter Ever along with all my friends and feel head over heels. Never had a book taken me on a journey the way this story had. Now, 7 years later, the sequel is finally out. The Coldest Winter has so many juicy details packed into the 500 pages is enough to make a television series. Can’t wait to see what Sister Souljah has in store for us in this book.

    A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story will be released Jan 29.

    At last, mega-bestselling author Sister Souljah delivers the stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever. Fierce, raw, and filled with adventure and emotional intensity, A Deeper Love Inside is an unforgettable coming-of-age story in the words of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s younger sister.

    Sharp-tongued, quick-witted Porsche worships her sister Winter. Cut from the same cloth as her father, Ricky Santiaga, Porsche is also a natural-born hustler. Passionate and loyal to the extreme, she refuses to accept her new life in group homes, foster care, and juvenile detention after her family is torn apart. Porsche—unique, young, and beautiful—cries as much as she fights and uses whatever she has to reclaim her status. Unselfish, she pushes to get back everything that ever belonged to her wealthy, loving family.

    In A Deeper Love Inside, readers will encounter their favorite characters from The Coldest Winter Ever, including Winter and Midnight. Sister Souljah’s soulful writing will again move your heart and open your eyes to a shocking reality.

    Pre-order on Amazon 🙂

  • My Dog Jacob,  WorldWide

    Giveaway: Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know by Hy Conrad & Jeff Johnson @sourcebooks

    A series of 115 short essays written by eleven courageous canines who are willing to tell the truth about dogs every last dirty, hairy, bit of it: why they always dash to a rug when they have to throw up, why they eat furniture when endless chew toys are nearby, and why they’re always absolutely starving. Peppered with lively, clever stories and visually appealing photographs, Things Your Dog Doesn’t Want You to Know is a must-have for any dog lover. It’s a verbal and visual delight that is laugh-out-loud funny.
    “If everyone owned a dog, we would have world peace. If everyone reads this book, they will go and get a dog and we will have taken a big step in the right direction. So this book can save the world.”
    Terrence McNally, playwright

    If you want to win this book! Tweet a photo of your dog to @heydoyou and @sourcebooks along with ‘I want to read this book with my dog!’

  • New York

    Mojo Makeover

    Last night me and the ladies headed to the east side Borders to hear Dana B Myers introduce her new book – The Mojo Makeover.

    Written in the voice of that close friend who you can say anything to, THE OFFICIAL BOOTY PARLOR MOJO MAKEOVER is playful, practical and accessible to anyone, irrespective of her sexual self-image. For women who are eager to heighten the experiences they already enjoy, to those who are first starting to explore their needs and interests, Dana has good advice for everyone.

    The Official Booty Parlor Mojo Makeover

  • Uncategorized

    Start Where You Are by Chris Gardner

    I am half way through this book and it is absolutely inspiring. Real and practical advice for those of your who are ready to realize their dreams!
    You can buy it here
    or watch the Pursuit of Happyness for 2 hrs of straight inspiration.  It’s like oxygen.
    How you like me now?
    *HeyDoYou is for the cute, clever and connected*