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Cookbook Corner: Il Mondo di Bepi Salon

Albergo Ristorante Salon
In the hilltop hamlet of Piano d’Arta, on a serene lane lined with shady trees and wisteria blossoms, Albergo Ristorante Salon was long recognized for its innovative local cuisine. When Arta Terme’s thermal baths first opened in the late 19th century, the sudden influx of visitors spawned a proliferation of new restaurants and hotels in the valley. Salon was one of the originals, opened by Osvaldo Salon in 1910—first as an osteria and then expanding a few years later into a small pensione. It was when Osvaldo passed the business down to his son Bepi, a budding mycologist, that the restaurant saw a significant transformation. In a tourist market where hotel menus typically featured “national”...
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Recipe of the Month: August 2020


For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Cjalsòns della Valle del Bût (Pasta Filled with Fruit and Herbs), as part of my summer celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Flavors of Friuli. This recipe was adapted from one in the book Il mondo di Bepi Salon, which I’m giving away a copy of at the end of the month. (See my Facebook page for details.) For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com. Original link
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My Newest Book is Out! (A Soft Launch)


    It was bound to happen. A friend coaxed me into trying NaNo-for those who aren’t familiar—it’s the month of November--which is set aside as a time to write an entire novel –in one month. Yes, one month! Many try to do it and can’t finish, and a few have bestselling books because they forged through and made it.  I finished, but the book I wrote became a rough outline for my finished manuscript. There were so many bizarre things, such as errant words inadvertently stuffed into the one-month time limit, that later, during weeks of editing and months of rolling revisions, I began to pull my hair out,deleting paragraphs and changing complicated sentences into something comprehensible. As the...
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Watching a bee hop around is great therapy


My lifestyle is pretty frenetic running here and there, fielding calls from clients, sorting out problems with Notaires and agents, rushing off on viewings, plus I have a home life too. Dogs, a partner, a house to maintain. I do feel at times that my head is literally spinning. Sometimes shutting out the noise in one's head necessitates switching off 'phones, retreating to the garden where I have planted buddleia, a fragrant flower beloved by bees. This morning I found a good 15 minutes to just stare at the bees as they made their way around the plant hungrily feeding off each flower. What joy! Simple stuff makes me happy. Always remember, happiness is in your head. I met a client last week ...
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A Time To Read Books!


I don’t care what anyone says, my hair is supposed to be a long and tangled mess. This selfie displays my first attempt at trimming my bangs and it's from way back in April. I know it's funny, but you should see me now! In the kitchen, I ran out of a few spices and made some substitutions, heck, it still tasted good, didn’t it? So, hubs got involved, making crusty bread which turned out delicious.  We had help from a friend, who air-dropped packages of yeast over the garden gate. It seems his idea wasn't unique. Everyone bought up all the bread-making ingredients in the county! For awhile, flour became as rare as toilet paper.Anyway, the Fed-Ex guy is fast becoming a friend and, the Instacar...
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TAROT and Rune Reading Lockdown offer of a £60 reading for £40


I have spaces for appointments 16th – 24th July- UK only I will be available for telephone readings any day between 11 am and 3 pmFor £40 you will get a full Tarot reading plus a Rune forecast plus any … Continue reading →Original link
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Summer in Friuli: Top 10 Things to Do

oompah band in Sauris
Note: Even though Italy has begun the process of reopening following the coronavirus shutdown, many events, including the festivals listed below, have been cancelled for 2020 as a precaution. Organizers are expecting to resume the events as scheduled in 2021. 1. Attend the Festa del Prosciutto in Sauris Every July, visitors gather in the village of Sauris for the Festa del Prosciutto. Located in the remote mountains of Friuli–Venezia Giulia, Sauris consists of two towns: the upper Sauris di Sopra and the lower Sauris di Sotto. Home of the famed Wolf Sauris Prosciutto factory, Sauris di Sotto is naturally the center of the two-weekend-long festival. Like all villages in the Carnian Alps, Saur...
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The march of the Far Left


Watching the prince and his handler as they rabbited word salads gleaned from self help books beloved by the likes of Oprah Winfrey (who as it happens grew very rich by regurgitating 'meaningful stuff' and 'changing lives'), I couldn't help feeling a surge of anger and exasperation. The prince and the handler are clearly a massive embarrassment to us Brits in general but the thing that riles me is their genuine lack of self awareness. I recall an American friend telephoning me in tears when the last episode of Oprah aired on TV. She felt bereft and mentor-less. Her days of soaking up wisdom while lying prostrate on a sofa in her pyjamas had come to an end and she felt rudderless. I watched O...
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A Poem-The Tireless American Rose


The Tireless American Rose Eve GaalThe tireless American rose. Graced our fallen, pricked our foes. A graveside decoration, saluted by soldiers, a comfort to widows, the perfume of angels, to any discerning nose. A queen’s bouquet, a honeymoon kiss, where petal strewn walkways, grace romantic getaways. Glistening with a bride’s tears, or a lucky graduate’s surprise, maybe a new mother’s gift, and those wreaths explode with beauty, when loved ones die. The tireless American rose, seen at parades, waiting after war. There backstage, awarding every star. A centerpiece at the gala, a holiday corsage, there to win, every battle, every kind of heart. With, or without thorns, Through raging pain, O...
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Recipe of the Month: July 2020

breaded eggplant and zucchini
For my Recipe of the Month, I have chosen Melanzane e Zuchete Apanade (Breaded Eggplant and Zucchini), a dish served in many of Trieste’s buffets. For my recipe, visit Flavors-of-Friuli.com. Original link
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Are You Ready To Achieve Goals?


Photographer, Guille Álvarez Attract the Right Job Or Clientele NOTE: Jo-anne Bisenio, Online PR Specialist, Spiralytics, provides today’s guest post with Infographic, Are You Ready To Achieve Goals?             Jo-anne is an Online PR Specialist for Spiralytics. She loves digital media so much she aspires to have a successful career in it. Jo-anne likes to spend her free time watching films about history, indie, and romantic comedy or re-watching her favorite series, Friends. __________________ How to Create Content for Links, Engagements, and Conversions Every business should have a robust online presence and be ready to achieve goals in this day and age. Regardless of what industry your c...
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Are You Preparing To Cross The Divide?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: Success comes to those preparing to cross the divide between those in the crowd or becoming a leader. Moving slowly as a tortoise has us often wondering if we will ever arrive, or should we cut our losses today? What most don’t recognize is that our subconscious thinking commands our actions. The power of positive thinking can be the game changer to cross the divide. Our thoughts affect our self-esteem and influence our attitude toward others. Our communication begins long before we conduct initial conversations. One example is that of the positive thinkers. They put in the extra effort of research before meeting with their prospective clients, whereas oth...
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Sales Leaders Meet and Exceed Targets Working Remotely


Attract The Right Job Or Clientele: Note:  Revenue Grid, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Roman Shovkun, provides today’s story, Sales Leaders Meet and Exceed Targets Working Remotely. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales leaders globally are forced to adjust to a new world plus meet and exceed sales targets working remotely. Many of us were unprepared. COVID-19 has shattered the bottom line for many B2B businesses. Not only have sales forecasts for 2020 become obsolete, but many companies are now left scrambling to figure out how to survive this new sales environment. Everything has changed. In such adversity, sales leaders need to be able to evolve quickly ...
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Are You Creatively Adapting To Future Business?


Attract The Right Job Or Clientele: As we reasonably deal with the Coronavirus, we are also in need of creatively adapting to future business. Our entire world around us is changing. Technology is leading the way for our new world ahead. The goal is to figure out better strategies for both our everyday life and business while remaining ahead of the curve. We can view the storm of change as a time to give up because it’s too overwhelming to continue. Or, we can delve into learning about our new era in the making. Our approach to learning and applying what we learn can be vastly different from the majority of people. Use the strategies that work best for you. The higher goal is to remain up to...
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Crying or Laughing?


Those of you who visit my blog regularly, know I like to dabble in drawing. My last post was about painting, and how landscapes can become a type of escape, especially during tough times. Most fiction writers’ study human behavior or psychology, so they can create or “paint with words,” characters with realistic qualities. Right now, all you have to do is turn on the television, where the evening news is filled with colorful protesters who shout about peace, while carrying firearms. Oddly, if I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe it and novel readers wouldn’t find it believable either.   Mark Twain said:  “Truth Is Stranger than Fiction, But It Is Because Fiction Is Obliged to Stick to Possibi...
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Do You Believe In The Gift Of Abundance?


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: NOTE: Cynthia Brian, Be the Star You Are! Founder and Executive Director, provides today’s post, The Gift of Abundance. The Gift of Abundance Excerpted is from Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference By Cynthia Brian.  Cynthia is a New York Times best-selling author of several books, TV/Radio personality/producer, lecturer, and enrichment coach specializing in acting, media, writing, speaking, and life success. Cynthia is the Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® The mission is to empower women, families, and youth through increased literacy, improved positive media messages, and skill...
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Cookbook Corner: Via dei Sapori (Path of Flavours)


During the years I spent traveling in Friuli, doing research for my cookbook Flavors of Friuli: A Culinary Journey through Northeastern Italy, I purchased a number of cookbooks along the way. In this new column, I’m going to share with you my collection of books, starting with my favorite and one of the most exceptional: Via dei Sapori by Walter Filiputti. I first encountered Via dei Sapori at dinner one summer evening at Ristorante Alla Pace in Sauris di Sotto. After telling the hostess Franca Schneider (who was also chef Andrea’s mother) about my cookbook project, she immediately brought me this gorgeous coffee-table book to peruse during my meal. The book takes readers on a journey throug...
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Do You Encourage A Collaborative Community?


Be the Dreamer Who Puts Ideas Into Action Attract the Right Job Or Clientele Our current environment can be a motivating moment in time for us to encourage a collaborative community for all. Everywhere we turn is an opportunity to listen to concerns, ideas respectfully, and new thoughts, albeit online or in-person. One person alone can only achieve so much. By inviting a variety of perspectives and giving equal voice to each, new ideas come forth. The concept applies to politics, business, and serving communities. The benefit is that more robust solutions are likely to develop and appeal to a broader audience. In any capacity, we can gain a competitive advantage when we encourage a collabora...
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Influence Secrets To Increase Success


Attract the Right Job Or Clientele: NOTE: Elaina Zuker, C.E.O., EZInfluence http://www.ezinfluence.com provides today’s guest blog, Influence Secrets to Increase Success.     Elaina is an International Best-Selling Author, an Influence Expert Speaker, and Coach, and the CEO of EZInfluence/eLearning designer. For more about my books and publications, click this link.   ____________ According to Elaina, the influence secrets to increase success are easy to follow: Just show up, shut up, and listen. You will get all the cues you need to close the sale! Elaina’s Story: Influence Secrets To Increase Success Years ago, I was traveling the country conducting seminars on a variety of business topics...
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The Pandemic Lockdown

There’s no doubt its absolutely murder being stuck in but I have a lovely view from my sitting room window. The Sun had reached its highest point and I was sitting inside with the fan blowing at full speed when … Continue reading →Original link
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