Buongiorno di Firenze!

Buongiorno di Firenze A short train ride from Cinque Terre to Florence and here we are in one of our favorite cities! We traveled here 10 years ago with our 3 daughters, and although times have changed, and restaurants too, this amazing city is just as beautiful as I remember. Even though it was difficult not to return to our favorite restaurants from before, it wasn’t that difficult once we took the first bite at our new find…

Memories and Food – Created in Our Moms’ Kitchens

We enjoyed one of our Gr8 Dinners last year celebrating memories and food from our childhoods… A beautiful theme and the opportunity to indulge in some comfort food and memories of our beautiful moms…and to share those foods with our Gr8 Friends! Is there anything better than that? Be sure to check out Memories from Our Mother’s Kitchen if you missed it. Memories and Food New Recipes Posted This Week: Mom’s Brisket Granny…

El Cholo Restaurant

It’s Cinco de Mayo! So today’s restaurant review is of a new Mexican restaurant in my town. El Cholo, was first opened in Los Angeles in 1923. They have several locations throughout Southern California, but I had never heard of them until they opened right down the street. The El Cholo family has created a welcoming vibe that feels traditional to this “gringo.” Entering the courtyard you immediately forget that the Coast Highway is…

Refreshing Spicy Ginger Mojito

My husband was a bartender while in school and he still enjoys creating a signature drink for each of our Gr8 Dinners. This delicious beverage is a twist on the classic Mojito. He created this for our “Memories from Our Mother’s Kitchen” Gr8 Dinner last year. Normally everyone has one of the signature drinks then moves on to their favorite libation. But this Ginger Mojito is so tasty, that many of the Gr8 guests drank this…

Granny’s Fried Corn

My mom says she owes most of her cooking skills to her mother-in-law, my fraternal grandmother. She said she remembers when she and my dad were first married, she spent many days while my dad was in medical school, with Granny in the kitchen, watching her cook. She said she had to keep a close watch on her technique because back then (and sometimes now) there was no measuring. It was all by sight, smell, taste and feel…

If You Are Ever in Cinque Terre…

Couldn’t forget this… So, my friends, I couldn’t move on without mentioning just a little something about a place in Cinque Terra (Monterossa) where we stopped for lunch: Ristorante Il Moretto. Just minutes after our arrival and steps from our bed  & breakfast, was a local place with the most amazing dish, that we HAD to share with all of you. We ordered several small dishes here, but this one by far, stood out among…

Italy, Martinis, and Fish Tacos…oh my!

Just in case you missed anything…we had a Gr8 week here at GreatEightFriends.com. Hope you follow us for all of the Fun! Italy, Martinis, and Fish Tacos First we checked out Debbie and Phil’s trip to Cinque Terre, Italy at Bar Ristorante Vulnetia and Ristorante Al Pozzo – beautiful places to stop and refresh after hiking the cliffs. Have you visited? And discovering what to do with tomatoes that are not so fresh anymore is…

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