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The best Panino in Italy? Yes. Da Panino IS Modena’s new street food.

I can feel big changes happening in Modena.  A shift that is really putting us on the national and international map. We're living up to our reputation as an area that produces some of the WORLD'S BEST food.... think Parmigiano Reggiano, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Tortellini in brodo, Mortadella, Prosciutto di Parma and Tagliatelle with Ragù (otherwise known as alla Bolognese).   In case you thought that Italy's best food came from Tuscany, guess again!  Here's an excellent article from Forbes explaining why your belly will fall in love with Emilia Romagna!       And for no reason we are home to the WORLD'S BEST CHEF.  The Noble food prize winning Massimo Bottura and his restaurant La Francescana, which is amongst the THREE BEST restaurants on the planet.  He is the epitome of culinary culture, revolutionizing not only how we eat, but how we prepare, talk and think about food. With his thousands of loyal followers all over the planet, lovingly referring to him as just "Chef", which is not like saying "Your Majesty".   I've had the immense pleasure of dining at his restaurant La Francescana two times, you can read my Normal Person's Review of the meal here and my first impressions of Massimo Bottura here, who is wild, energetic and above all nice!   As legend would have it (this is how we speak of Mr. Bottura and La Francescana here in Modena!), it is known that he has some of the World's top chefs and staff working
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The Reason I Dressed I mentioned yesterday that I was at a very posh Christmas Market on the weekend.  Christmas Market? You say....I dressed up for a market?  Yes, why ...
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Becoming an Italian Homebody

I think I'm becoming an Italian "homebody".  By Italian standards, that doesn't mean that I stay home all the time, but rather I don't leave the confines of my city. ...
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Online shopping for Prescription Glasses – Real Mom Street Style

A while back, I was contacted by the people at, an online eyewear store, to receive a free pair of prescription glasses and review the brand.   My glasses ...
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Pushing the Boundaries – An oversized scarf….sort of

I mentioned yesterday that I met this super stylish mom in the town of Vignola, which is in the Modena region and only 25 minutes away from where I live. ...

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