Author: Joel Patience

  • Piazza Perugia Dedication

    We were pleased to be part of the Piazza Perugia dedication as part of the Seattle Perugia Sister City Association October 14, 2019.  This has been the culmination of some eight years of work and the event was hosted by the SPSSA, the City of Perugia, Italy, the Deruta Company of the Moretti family, Percorso […]

  • A Gondola Gig

    If you have ever gone to Italy and enjoyed a gondola ride in Venice – or done so from the day dreams of your easy chair – we discovered a day event that will let you live it for real. Gig Harbor Gondola is the result of an American in love with Venice. John Synco […]

  • Easter Bread with Pine Nuts

    Ciambella con Pinoli 1 package yeast ¼ cup warm water ½ cup milk ½ cup soft butter ½ cup + two tablespoons sugar 1 cup pinoli (pine nuts) 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel 2 tablespoons vanilla ½ teaspoons salt 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks 4 ½ cups all purpose flour Stir yeast into warm […]

  • Bonfire of the Vanities

    Many of us have heard of the bon fire of the vanities in reference to modern plays and movies.  But did you know the real event took place in Florence Italy in 1497? A monk by the name of Girolamo Savonarola had become frustrated with the excesses of the Church. Savonarola was particularly frustrated by […]

  • Belzoni – The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate

    A book review by Joel Patience There are various accounts of Italians making history and how their efforts may impact the present. But to the story of Giovanni Belzoni (1778-1824) is a person that made history by bringing antiquity to our futures. Romance of long lasting love is the binder for this story. It is […]

  • SIFF – Italian Style 2019

    In modern times one of the most popular means to promote the Italian culture has been through film.  During time of war film has always been a means of propaganda and a way to lift the spirits of the county and in post war a means to reflect on the spirit and emotional condition of […]