Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking


February 19, 2016


Feed Me!

  I wish I could say that I had just taken these photos, but truth be told they are from my last visit to Bologna. I dream of renting an apartment there and spending my time wandering about with the biggest decision of the day being what I was going to purchase for dinner. Of […]

November 12, 2014

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Mortadella Mousse

You have to love mortadella to love this dish. I do and so does my sister S. so this post is for her. I never even heard of mortadella mousse until we dined at Al Sangiovese in Bologna. Located just a few doors down from Hotel Porta San Mamolo, this small eatery run by a […]

October 18, 2014


Bologna-How Did I Get Here?

We were trying to catch a train to Lecce and somehow ended up in Bologna! Actually, I’m kidding. When we started planning this trip we had intended to go south, but for a variety of reasons we ended up going north instead and what’s not to love about being in Bologna? Two years ago I […]

April 15, 2013


Le Verdure

Yes, I live in sunny (well, not the last few days) southern California where we have access to gorgeous produce all year long, but there’s something about visiting the mercato in Italy to shop for vegetables that just makes my day! Come along with me to Lucca and we’ll visit the markets together then get […]

November 2, 2012


Memories Of Bologna

When my good friend and Bologna expert Palma asked me what I liked best about Bologna of course I replied “the food”, but in reality I liked everything about my time there. The centro is chock full of beautiful buildings and I did my fair share of simply walking around admiring them. The area around […]

August 19, 2012


Bologna On My Mind

Three months removed from Italy and all I can do is reminisce and look to the future. It’s somewhat bittersweet to look back. I remember each and every day of my time there with joy, but it’s not easy to accept the fact that I probably won’t be back there until the spring. Thankfully my […]

July 3, 2012


Che Ora È?

There are so many beautiful things to admire while walking down almost any street in Italy. I never wear a watch and don’t always carry a phone when I’m in Italy so I love that there are functioning clocks all over the place. (Florence) And of course, they aren’t just run of the mill clocks, […]

June 12, 2012


La Sorbetteria Castiglione-Bologna

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood near the Porta Castiglione is one of the best gelaterias that I’ve ever been to. Had it not been for my friend Palma I may have never stumbled on to this temple to the art of gelato making. Until I actually looked at a map I didn’t realize […]

June 11, 2012


Know Your Vegetables!

Wandering through Bologna’s open air food market I came upon this carton filled with these green balloon-like spheres and I was stumped. I wasn’t carrying my dictionary with me so I didn’t understand the sign. I decided to ask the vendor whether it was a fruit or a vegetable. He looked at me like I […]

June 10, 2012


The Porticos Of Bologna

Bologna really is the city of porticos. There’s roughly 38 kilometers of them (about 23 miles) covering walkways around the city. I took full advantage of them on a rainy Sunday afternoon as I spent about four hours exploring the city, only putting up an umbrella to cross the street. You might think that these […]