Throwback Post: An Amazing Food and Culinary Experience

**THROWBACK POST**

May 11 2014:

This was THE MOST AMAZING food and culinary experience I have ever had!! This is what food is supposed to taste like! Good golly!! I got to take a trip to Seregno, Lombardia in Italy on Sunday night with some very beautiful and loving friends … Brenda, Glenna and Noreen!!

arte italia is delighted to welcome renowned Italian chef Giancarlo Morelli of Ristorante Pomiroeu for three culinary and wine pairing classes May 11 – May 13, 2014. Pomiroeu is located in an old courtyard in Seregno, Lombardia, just outside Milano. The restaurant sits on a quiet corner and combines classic and contemporary charm with a cosmopolitan spirit and welcoming atmosphere, much like Chef Morelli and the cuisine he prepares.

After graduating from the Institute Hotelier of San Pellegrino Terme, Chef Giancarlo embarked upon his career as head chef on the cruise line The Pacific Princess. In 1981, Morelli began consulting for various Italian restaurants throughout the world until he decided to focus on his own culinary creations and opened Pomiroeu.

Over the years, Chef Morelli has won many awards including the “Riso Gallo Risotto of the Year.” Risotto has always held a special place for Giancarlo. “Rice is the food of my heart,” he says. “I consider rice, with its elemental elegance, a valuable raw material that is a bit like a beautiful, rough stone, and when expertly crafted, reveals its potential and value.” It is with that passion and spirit that Pomiroeu has earned the coveted Michelin Star.

The cuisine at Pomiroeu is varied and follows the traditions and authentic flavors of the Lombardia region infused with Chef Morelli’s creative genius. His kitchen is part laboratory and part innovation. The Chef maintains a deep respect for seasonal, raw products of the highest quality in order to preserve the authenticity of the dish’s origins.

When conceiving a menu, ingredients are evaluated in relation to one another and their ability to create emotions. Says Chef Morelli of his process: “I do not think the plate. I feel it.”

The culinary class schedule for each day will include the demonstration and preparation of an authentic Italian dinner beginning with antipasto, primo piatto, secondo piatto and dolce. In addition, fine Italian wine will be paired with each dish.

Our menu for the evening. Chef Morelli only speaks Italian so Chef Ivano from La Strada was the interpreter for us.

Dolce: Sbrisolona tart Bavarese with coffee mascarpone and creme anglaise gelato …. I have honestly never had gelato this freakin amazing! The PERFECT meal. Did not leave feeling bloated and over full. Just perfect!! xoxo

Chef Morelli only speaks Italian so Chef Ivano from La Strada was the interpreter for us.

Secondo: Sea salt crusted rack of veal with shallot confit, sage scented pineapple gelato, honey, and mint … The sage came straight from Chef Morelli’s home garden! He brought it with him! Oh My Word!!! This was so very delicious paired with the gelato!

Checking the secondo! Chef Morelli only speaks Italian so Chef Ivano from La Strada was the interpreter for us.

Primo: Carnaroli risotto with saffron, bone marrow and a white wine glaze

We had a ball cheering on the tossing of the risotto!! Look how high he got it!

A little lesson on butter and clarified butter!

Antipasto … Goat cheese terrine with sardines, slightly smoked smashed tomatoes, and crispy garlic chips

This is what Chef Morelli is famous for … I see why! Words cannot describe how yummy this risotto was … Oh My Gosh!!

Nevada Humane Society Duck Races – River Rats

August 18 2019:

Although Thomas and I haven’t been able to volunteer at the Humane Society in quite a while, he was adamant he wanted to volunteer at the duck races …. as a river rat. (The duck races are an annual fundraising event put on by the Nevada Humane Society. People adopt a rubber duck for $5 each and the winners, first ducks to the finish line, win things!!)

The river rat volunteers get in the river and line the “race” section so as to help any ducks that get sidetracked. 20,000 rubber ducks is a huge load of ducks!!! Once the race was over, we helped get the 20,000 ducks out of the river. That’s a lot of work!! Thomas is in the photo across the river from me. 😃

I’m so glad Thomas suggested this. I didn’t want to go. I’ve got so much to do and I’m not a fan of crowds. Yet …. I had so much fun!!!! Watching the kids and their excitement about it was heartwarming. And, I loved swooshing the water around the ducks who were headed for the side, to help them back into the race. Cool!

Amazing and Beauty and Colors

October 17 2018:

Sunset walk with Lillian Darnell tonight. Oh my gosh! Such amazing beauty and colors. 🍁🍁

October 18 2018:

Hour long walk this morning in which I used the time to love the discomfort that had risen to the surface. It went deep. Ahhhh … Grateful for the beauty and innocence of nature and for facilitating feeling and releasing. 💚🌏💙 … Writing a more in depth post to share more …

Where Would You Fly at Reno Barnes & Noble

October 19 2018:

On Saturday, Nov 10th, Lillian and I will be at the Reno Barnes & Noble for a “Where Would You Fly” book signing from 11-5. We’d love to see you there!! xoxo

Team TLC on Plush Life TV Show – Better Pictures

June 2 2018:

That time a couple of months ago when we were invited for a segment on The Plush Show in Reno. We talked about being a family of authors. Thank you Jen!!

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To learn more about each of our books you can go here ….

Where Would You Fly by Lillian Darnell

Biggest Little Photographer by Thomas Darnell

D iz for Different by Camilla Downs

Mesmerizing and Love and Angels and Snow Melt and Spring and Peaceful and Beautiful

March 6 2018:

Thomas and I went for a walk this afternoon. The clouds and sun were incredibly mesmerizing. He and I still mourn the beautiful and majestic tree that stood where Thomas is standing. He’s imagining that it’s still there and he’s climbed it. Love nature and trees deeply.

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March 7 2018:

Spotted while walking the cute Yonce yesterday (a wee little French bulldog I get to take for walks). Lots of love and angels floating around. xoxo

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March 7 2018:

Just the sound of melting snow filling the little lake. Love this sound! On the walk with Thomas yesterday afternoon.

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March 9 2018:

Spotted on Wednesday!! I see you Spring!! Yay!!

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March 11 2018:

Solo walk this afternoon. Incredibly peaceful with beautiful birdsong floating through air. I love trees!

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Love and Kindness and Laws – The Alchemist Theatre Sparked Conversations

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January 31 2018:

Oh so inspiring Alchemist Theatre tonight!! Missed you dearly Jessica Levity Daylover!!! Yet, hallelujah!!! For being Brave!!! Alchemist Theatre presents “Fear”

That closing song did it for me! KAPOW!!! I will survive!! Oh my gosh Carolyn R Smith!!! You serenaded my soul!

Denise Sheehan ….. Beautiful, sweet, and delicious alchemy shamama meditation! How amazing that one of my supporting themes of 2018 was a part of it!! Wahooo!!!

And. To seal the evening. Check out sister moon framed by this amazing, gorgeous, and handsome tree!!!

Thomas and I had inspiring and enlightening conversation during the drive there and back home … About love and kindness and laws and people who commit crimes. Amazing! Can you tell I’m a wee bit pumped! Ha!

Ending song sung by the sizzling Carolyn:

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

“At first, I was afraid, I was petrified
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong and I learned how to get along

And so you’re back from outer space
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I’d have known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

Go on now go, walk out the door, just turn around now
’cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you’re the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
You think I’d crumble? You think I’d lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh as long as I know how to love, I know I’m still alive
I’ve got my life to live, and I’ve got all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I, I , I will survive

It took all my strength not to fall apart
Trying with all my mind to mend my broken heart
I spent, so many nights feeling sorry for myself

Oh, I used to cry but now I hold my head up high
And you see me, somebody new
Not that lonely little person still in love with you
Now you come dropping in expecting me to be free
Now I’m saving all my loving for someone who’s loving me

Go on go, walk out the door, turn around now
You’re not welcome anymore
You’re the one, who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got my life to live, and all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I, I , I will survive
Go on go, walk out the door, turn around now
You’re not welcome anymore
You’re the one, who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got my life to live, and all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I, I , I will survive”

I love this song!! It used to be about a broken relationship. Yet, not anymore. It’s about the ego and psyche for me these days. Much love to you! xoxo

Discovery Museum – Remembering Times Gone By

December 5 2017:

Thank you Washoe County Library! Library card holders receive one free family pass per year. It’s set up sort of like checking out a book. Check out one pass a year!

Check out my tower! Ha! And the cool veins in my hand! And an upside down Lillian. Team TLC at the electrosketch and spotted Biggest Little Photographer in the gift shop and a hand full of itty bitty loves.

It’s been a year or two since we’ve been and it’s not as exciting for them as it was when they were younger. Yet, it was fun thinking about how much fun had been had on previous visits. Good stuff!!

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Thomas and Camilla November 2017 Date Day

November 21 2017:

Thomas and Camilla November 2017 Date Day –

First stop: Washoe Lake. I’ve only been here maybe two other times with no wind. How gloriously beautiful.

I truly needed a deep dose of Mama Gaia today and this was perfect for grounding and processing.

Thomas walked barefoot and dug in the sand. It was perfect for him too. He and Lillian had a huge argument as we were readying to leave.

I sat down, took off my shoes and socks, and slowly buried my feet and hands in the soft, cool sand. I was instantly relaxed and brought into this wonderful moment with Thomas. It’s difficult to even find the words to describe.

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Last stop: Ice Cream!! Vegan Coconut Mint and Just Nog for Thomas and Vegan Coconut Mint and Just Chocolate for me! Of all the flavors I’ve ever tasted here, the Coconut Mint tops the list now! Love the texture and flavor – tastes like a Jr Mint candy, only better! We ate our ice cream with the amazing view at Audrey Harris Park.

Thomas also had a half sandwich and I had a cup of potato salad and macaroni salad.

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Team TLC Thanksgiving 2017

November 23 2017:

Ever since The Romano Duo moved, Team TLC doesn’t have the more traditional Thanksgiving food; except for a few yummies – pumpkin bread, homemade cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole.

I have Thomas and Lillian make a list of what they’d like to eat and that’s what we have. Pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie are on Lillian’s list along with other goodies. Green bean casserole and cranberry sauce are on Thomas’ list. I’m vegetarian and no one else likes turkey. So, whew!

I’m about to put together our snacking platter of chips, dips, olives, pickles, hummus and we’ll have the other goodies for dinner.

I am deeply thankful for our wee homegrown, do it how it suits us, Team TLC day of giving thanks. xoxoxo

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Our snack spread and wee bit over done pumpkin pie (tasted yummy though)!!

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Just back from a walk and taking in these beautiful and amazing clouds. xoxo

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One of the most colorful Thanksgiving dinners I think I’ve had.

Raspberry Cranberry Spritzer, cranberries, green bean casserole, and my new favorite sweet potato …. purple!! Oh my gosh! Beautiful lavender color and tastes delicious! Thank you Mother Nature for such amazing, beautiful, and delicious foods!

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Ended our night by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” … We love this movie and watching it this time of year!

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And …… a wonderful Day of Thanks moment: Thomas educating me on the history of “watermark” …. I really, really like him. xoxo