Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: October 3 – October 19


Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, October 3 through October 19:

  • The Biggest Italian Dinner In History, Thanks To Social Media
    Six months after the devastating earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region, an effort to help rally support (& funds) to continue rebuilding work combines something the Italians do inherently well – food – with something they're only more recently learning to embrace – the internet.

    "Parmigiano-Reggiano Night" on October 27th is an "attempt to get all of Italy to have dinner together, at least virtually, by sharing the exact same meal."

    Absolutely brilliant. If you're in Italy, you can find a restaurant that's serving the meal or make it yourself at home – and you can make it at home no matter where you are in the world, too. There's a recipe for the (deceptively simple) "Risotto cacio e pepe" everyone will be eating on page two of this article.

    (via @CBisogniero on Twitter)

  • 9 Artists Who Stretch The Rules Of Tattoo Design
    Item 1: There are rules?

    Item 2: I really love some of this work; the abstract pieces are particularly interesting – even if I don't want that on my skin, it's great that people are walking around with modern art on their bodies.

    Item 3: I now want another tattoo even more.

  • Remembering Ray Bradbury with 11 Timeless Quotes on Joy, Failure, Writing, Creativity, and Purpose
    These quotes are fabulous, each and every one of them, but I have a special fondness for this:

    "That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you."


  • Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing
    These are, as is to be expected, effing brilliant. Pay attention to #7, entitled-sounding travel bloggers. You know who you are.
  • Italy Roundtable: Country Mouse, City Mouse
    This month's topic for the Italy Roundtable was KIDS. (Yes, I know.) The discussion beforehand was interesting, with half the group being parents and half the group being devoutly not, and in the end the posts reflected our differences pretty well, I think. Rebecca's post about growing up as a city girl and now reflecting on the country life her sons are living in Italy was (as is to be expected of her writing) lovely. Oh, and I'm totally following her kids around after the zombie apocalypse.
  • Florence museums and activities for kids
    Alexandra (my fellow "I am not having children ever, thankyouverymuch" Roundtable blogger) decided to bite her tongue on all manner of child-related topics and instead focus on the "trav" part of her blog. Her list of museums and activities for kids in Florence is extremely handy for any families visiting the Renaissance capital.
  • Is Tuscany child-friendly?
    Gloria's a new mom, and her annual summer trip to Canada provided her with a chance to compare it with Italy in a way she never had before – in terms of how child-friendly a place is. She came to some interesting conclusions.
  • Dinner at Milan’s Cracco
    I'm all about paying for great meals in lieu of more stuff, so I'm marking this fancy-schmancy place in Milan down on my to-do list. Those dishes just look fabulous…
  • Postcard – Soaking up Zulu culture in Esowhe
    These photographs of Zulus in South Africa are nothing short of stunning. The colors! The FACES!
  • Eating at L’è Maiala, The Only Barter Restaurant in Florence
    This is a pretty clever idea. In a response to Italy's economic crisis, one restaurant in Florence now accepts barter items in lieu of payment. Bring in enough to trade and you can get a discount, or even your whole meal for free. (They also take regular cash, too.)

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