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Onward March…

And what better way to begin a new month: new herbs for the garden, seeds to pot up, bulbs to plant. The current spell of warm weather has given the upcoming season a headstart. Mornings have been so full of life: increased birdsong, lots of bees, woodpeckers (pecking of course!), and squirrels scamper among the trees. On a drive into town just the other day, a fox snuck out from someone’s yard and crossed our path. As I see it, a fox is better than a black cat, yes?

Even the first few days got off on the right foot with M’illumino di Meno (turning off unnecessary lights) on Friday, and National Unplugging Day or #NoPhoneDay on Saturday. But the best part of the weekend was the Mercatino Francese, a seasonal French market held during fall and spring in various towns around Italy. It has been years since we’ve been to one, but I can always count on a food stall with a fine selection of french cheese, pate, saucisson, pastries, and baguettes straight out of the oven and into our hands.


A vegetable ash-covered creamy goat cheese and a variety of pate and cheese.

With Carnevale on Sunday, it was great timing for a simple lunch with our indulgent stash. I’ll be wanting to “march” along every day if I expect to fit into my pants.

Ruby chocolate here we go!

Touted as the 4th chocolate type in the world, Ruby Chocolate has been gaining momentum and now we have this: a limited edition of Baci that tastes as pretty as it looks. I learned about Ruby choco only recently (and have been trying to find bars or callets to use in baking), but it’s still not available in amounts for non-professionals.

The ever-so-slightly sour but fruity flavor should appeal to those who don’t care for the sickly sweetness of white chocolate. Personally, I will always be a fan of dark chocolate, but if Baci and KitKat can make a go of it, I imagine others will be jumping in on the Ruby craze.