Photo Friday: November Sunset

Sometimes, although very rarely, I go out of the house without my camera. I usually regret it. Not long ago on a whim we took an evening drive from Amalfi toward Positano. As we came around a corner into Conca dei Marini, the sun was sinking into the sea, setting the Amalfi coastline pink against the deep blue water. Dig, dig, dig … no camera! Thank goodness for my cell phone, which has a camera on it that fills when I’ve forgotten my camera at home. It hardly captures the colors and how gorgeous the bright pink sun was setting near Positano’s Li Galli islands. In the distance you can see Praiano spilling down the side of the mountain. We don’t get sunsets quite this beautiful in Amalfi, so I thought I’d share this quick camera shot this week.

Wishing all my readers a lovely weekend!

Rough Seas in Amalfi

November 1st arrived this year with maltempo, or bad weather, all across Italy. We woke up the morning of the first to a strong, warm scirocco wind blowing from the southeast. The wind brought with it a sudden spike in temperature and a very rough sea in Amalfi. The waves were crashing on the Marina Grande beach and against the rocks along the town’s three piers that define the port. We had parked the car in Amalfi’s main parking area behind the largest port, and on the way back to the car we made a last minute decision to stop for lunch at the Ristorante Lido delle Sirene behind the port. The waves were making quite the display, sometimes crashing as high as the restaurant, which you can see on the right in the photo below.

From their glassed in terrace we had lunch with a spectacular view of the waves crashing against the rocky beach. The sound and power of the sea was tremendous! Here are some shots I took during lunch while we enjoyed paccheri con gamberetti. It felt like the waves were coming right at us!




After some delightful and sunny November days last weekend, the bad weather has returned again this week. The seas are rough and the winds intense. But that’s just November on the Amalfi Coast! Head over and check out my recent post on the Amalfi Coast Local Flavor Blog for NileGuide to see more photos of the maltempo and huge waves crashing on the rocks in Amalfi!

Photo Friday: Autumn on the Amalfi Coast

Autumn has started to arrive on the Amalfi Coast, and everywhere you turn there are pretty signs like this vine climbing up a wall. I snapped this photo while out taking a walk last week in Scala. I loved the contrast between the strong reds, the blue sky and the mountain peaks in the distance. A dramatic shot for the dramatic fall colors!

Has autumn arrived where you live?

Mamma Agata’s USA Cookbook Tour!

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared with you about the Mamma Agata Cooking School on the Amalfi Coast, located in an absolutely dreamy spot in Ravello, and one of my favorite cookbooks called “Mamma Agata – Simple and Genuine.” My dear friend Chiara Lima, author of the cookbook and director of the Mamma Agata Cooking School, is about to head off to the USA for a tour celebrating her fabulous cookbook. I know many of my readers are located in America, and I’m excited to share with you the details about Chiara’s cooking and book signing events. If you love the Amalfi Coast and Italian cooking, you won’t want to miss out on meeting Chiara and picking up a copy of her cookbook. Best wishes and safe travels to Chiara as she travels across America sharing her family’s passion for cooking and the good life – Amalfi Coast style!



Mamma Agata’s Cookbook Launch

6:30 – 9:00pm – Wine Dinner and Book Signing (reservations needed)
Venue: Bernards Inn
Location: Bernardsville, NJ
Scheduled Time: 6:30 – 9:00pm
Please contact Mrs Marlene Iaciofano  at
or  Mrs Tacey Mancini at the Bernards Inn or email her at:

5:30 – 7:00pm – Reception and Book Signing
Rizzoli Book Store
31 S 57th Street
New York

Eataly – Editors and Media Event
(private event – Not open to public)
200 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Street
New York

11:30 – 1:30pm – Fundraiser luncheon for Common Threads (reservations needed)
(For reservation and tickets, please visit by October 25, 2010)
980 N Michigan Ave

6.00 -8.00 pm – Book signing and Wine tasting (reservations needed)
Lush Wine and Spirits
West Town Location
1412 West Chicago Avenue
(RSVP to Megan Richards at  by October 25, 2010)

 6.00 pm – Dinner benefiting the Sister Cities Milan Committee,
book signing and cooking demonstration (reservations needed)
(For reservation and tickets, please visit by October 25, 2010)
Phil Stefani’s 437
437 Rush Street

11.00 am – 4.00 pm – Charity Event for Meals on Wheels (reservations needed)
Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Center
1440 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
(for reservation please, contact Mrs Christina Moore at 214-689-2265 or

6.30pm – 9.00 pm – Cooking class (reservations needed)
Central Market School– Plano Location
320 Coit Rd,
Plano, TX 75075
(469) 241-8389
(for tickets please contact Central Market School at

11:00am – 1:00pm – Book Signing
Galleria Store
13350 Dallas Parkway



Will you be able to meet Chiara Lima during her USA Cookbook Tour?

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Today we’re thinking pink from the Amalfi Coast! I’m very happy to be joining in with a great group of expat bloggers in Italy to paint the web pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s wonderful to be a part of such a good community to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness. Here are some important facts from the National Breast Cancer Foundation about why you need an early detection plan:

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
  • Over 30% of women are diagnosed after breast cancer has spread beyond the localized stage.
  • When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%.

You can find out more information at the National Breast Cancer Foundation or in Italian at Nastro Rosa. Similar to last year, I thought I’d share some photos I’ve taken this past spring and summer of pink flowers in Italy. Most are from the Amalfi Coast, but there are a couple in there I took while in Florence this past May.

Think Pink!


Here’s some of the bloggers in Italy participating in the pink post for Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Linda – News From Italy
Anne – Anne from Oxfordshire
Rosa – Bell’Avventura Tripping Through Life
Cherrye – My Bella Vita
Lucy – On my way 2 work and Other Stuff 
Donna – Maremma Guide
Lauren – Mamaquest
Veronika – Modenus Blog 
Michelle – Bleeding Espresso
Eleonora – Aglio Olio e Peperoncino
JoAnne – Frutto della Passione

… And many more! Visit the website Mamma Felice to see a list of all the bloggers participating!