Category Archives: local shopping

AT THE SUPERMERCATO

Roman supermarkets are much more fun than ours!  I mentioned this to an Italian friend who once visited Los Angeles and she told me I was soooo wrong, and she’s probably right.  The grass-is-always-greener factor comes into play a lot … Continue reading

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SHOPPING, ITALIAN-JEWISH STYLE

          My favorite shop in all of Rome does not sell boots, shoes, handbags, scarves, scrumptious leather gloves, or food of any kind.  The specialty at Saray (via del Portico d’Ottavia, 14) is Judaica, although you will also find some spectacular … Continue reading

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FLOWER POWER ALLA ROMANA

Unfortunately, the flower situation in Rome is reminiscent of the flower situation in everywhere else, which reflects the realities of our global marketplace – i.e. it’s really hard to come by cut flowers these days that smell as good as … Continue reading

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WISH I WERE STILL THERE

ROME! At last count 90,865,322 ex-pats, pilgrims, just plain tourists, and actual Romans have published their impessions and recommendations.             What more can I add?  Oh. I know!             To a Romeophile the draw is not what’s new so much as … Continue reading

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WE ARE IN ITALY, THEREFORE WE SHOP, CONT’D.

“Why aren’t you wearing your new boots?” Herb asks as we stroll across the piazza in front of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.             “Because I don’t want to get them dirty.”             “I told you just to take their picture!  … Continue reading

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WE ARE IN ITALY, THEREFORE WE SHOP

One of the joys of packing for any trip is deciding which books to take.  But this time – for Rome – our 25th anniversary gift to each other – it was a no-brainer. I would re-read “The Marble Faun”and “Daisy … Continue reading

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ITALIAN FOR ENLIGHTENED SHOPPERS

SHOPPING – LO SHOPPING ENLIGHTENED SHOPPING – LO SHOPPING ILLUMINATO (This phrase cannot presently be found in any Italian dictionary – but just wait!) VINTAGE – VINTAGE (Or if that doesn’t work, try GLI ABITI D’EPOCA) GREEN – ECOLOGICO ORGANIC … Continue reading

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WHAT A PICTURE’S WORTH

So what does photographing the faux ancient mosaic seasons greetings on the floors of Rome’s airport have to do with Enlightened Shopping?  Let me illustrate with a little anecdote.  It’s our second day in Rome and we’re strolling down via Santa Chiara, Herb … Continue reading

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ONLY IN ITALY DEPT.

            Arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, streams of weary travelers, eyes downcast from jetlag, suddenly behold, set into floors polished to such a gleam you can almost see yourself in them – a patch of what looks like ancient Roman … Continue reading

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A LITTLE SPILL…AND A NEW SHOPPORTUNITY!

            Physics was never my strong suit, so I was extra-unprepared when the svelte cork-and-stainless pourer I’d installed in my bottle of Bizalion’s Organic Cataluna Extra Virgin Olive Oil popped out as I was dribbling said oil on our salad last … Continue reading

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