Raspberry Tart

Made with pasta frolla (short-crust pastry), this Italian tart is as beautiful as it is delicious, whether topped with uniform raspberries or a mix of any fresh berries in season. Buon appetito! For the crust ¾ cup (6oz/185 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/3 cup (3 oz/90 g) granulated sugar… Read More

Buongiorno: Practical Tips for Travel to Italy

This post is inspired by a question from Josephine, a dear friend and member of our Petit World Citizen community.  In response to recent posts about our family vacation to Italy, she asked if I could spend some time discussing the practicalities—such as learning the language, obtaining a visa, and exchanging and handling money—for travel… Read More

Talking Timbuktu in Buenos Aires

For some people, when you say ‘Timbuktu’ it is like the end of the world, but that is not true.  I am from Timbuktu, and I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world.  –-Ali Farka Touré One of my favorite music albums is Talking Timbuktu by Ali Farka Touré with… Read More

Bella Italia: Amalfi Coast

Today is the first day of summer! In celebration, this morning my family and I are listening to Italian music – a mixture of Italian children’s music from my son’s weekly Italian music class and Putumayo’s Italian Cafe. We’re excited because we’ll soon be headed to Italy for our summer vacation! Until then, I thought I’d… Read More