ANDIAMO! CINQUE TERRE PHOTO TRIP THIS SUMMER


Right now, you're probably diving into holiday mode, with lists a mile long and a lot going on. I love this time of year for the togetherness, and the moments of gratitude. I want to whisper something in your ear to consider as a present to YOURSELF -- a creative trip to Cinque Terre, Italy with Italian Fix & I . . .

ARTIST & CERAMICIST: REBEKAH MILES

I've gotten to know Rebekah over the past year and had the chance to photograph her and the stunning wares this morning-- R is an artist who uses ceramic pots and plates as her canvas, creating whimsical paintings of wild flowers, Mexican iconography and animals.

CHIANTI POACHED APPLES IN WINE WITH LABNEH AND TOASTED WALNUTS

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Last up in my series in collaboration with DaVinci Wine is my recipe for Chianti Poached Apples with Labneh and Toasted Walnuts. This easy, make-ahead dessert is lovely for a holiday gathering . . . You can make it in advance and spend more time with guests, drinking, eating and being merry.

TAMIL NADU PART 2: TRAINS & TEMPLES

Before we arrived in Chennai, we dotted all around Tamil Nadu, the Southeastern state of India. I had traveled here with my father as a teenager, and the place stuck with me. Five years ago, right after we were married, Dave and I spent about 6 months all over the Southwest states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Maharastra -- so this was new for us. It was a jam packed 10 days, a different city, temple and train ride almost every day. Exhilarating and Exhausting.

TAMIL NADU PART 1: CHENNAI

For our last few days in Southern India, we stayed in Chennai. Some guide books claim this city as merely a stopover to the next destination, I beg to differ! There is fabulous shopping, relaxed temples and classical music and dance seemingly around every corner. It's hectic yes, but super friendly.