Nǐ hǎo and Ciao: A Tale of Two Towns

This photo essay aims to present in living color the two celebrated thoroughfares of San Francisco’s Chinatown district and Little Italy (North Beach).  Considered the main arteries to the heart of the city, Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue entice millions of tourists each year. CHINATOWN: After China’s defeat to the British in the first Opium…

TEN REASONS WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH ITALY

ITALY.  I Trust And Love You. It may be smaller than California in terms of size, but Italy is big in almost all things that matter: food, coffee, art and literature, fashion, beautiful people, and fabulous cars.  The Italians certainly know pleasure and have undoubtedly mastered living the sweet life (La Dolce Vita) and the…

JUST DREAM IT: The Ümmiye Koçak’s Story

“It’s never too late to follow your dream.” Ümmiye Koçak was born in 1957 to a farming family in Çelemli village, near the city of Adana in Turkey. She grew up in a large family of ten children, two parents, and two grandparents. Although she came from a farming family, and despite the poverty that…

dolce botanica: Mindful Skincare Founded by Nature

We are here with Sandra Richey, the beauty and brains behind dolce botanica, a skincare line based in the Bay Area, California. I hope you enjoy this interview. First of all, what is dolce botanica? dolce botanica is a natural plant-based body and skincare line.  We create products that cleanse and moisturize the face and…

How Italy Paved the Way to the Birth of Starbucks Coffee

“La vita inizià dopo il caffè (Life begins after coffee). Any Italian believes this.” The original Starbucks Company gave birth to its first store at the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle in 1971 selling only whole roasted coffee beans.  When Howard Schultz joined the Starbucks Company in early 1983, the company only sold roasted…

Ten Rules for Cooking the Perfect Pasta Al Dente!

    1.    Never add oil to pasta water. As the old expression goes, “Oil and water never mix.” Oil is less dense than water and that’s why it will always float on top.  Adding oil to the water will not keep your pasta from sticking together and when you drain the pasta, the…

Via Appia Antica: Do All Roads Really Lead to Rome?

Do all roads really lead to Rome? The Via Appia Antica (The Appian Way) aka “Regina Viarum” (Queen of Roads) is one of the most famous roads in Europe and is considered to be one of the oldest in Rome. It was named after the Roman censor, Appius Claudius Caecus, who initiated and completed the…