This is a delicious and extremely easy recipe! Just my style. This recipe will feed four people.

16 large shrimp shell on
2 cups of white wine
Extra virgin olive oil
Juice of two lemons
1 Tbs. oregano
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
Fresh parsley finely chopped

Wash and chop finely the garlic and parsley. Juice the lemons and set aside. Put the garlic, parsley, oregano together and add a little oil working it together with a fork into a cream. You could also put into a blender. Add the lemon juice. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over a medium fire and add the shell on shrimp. Cook without any condiment for about a minute and then add the two cups of white wine. Allow the wine to cook down at a relatively high heat for a couple of minutes.
Serve the shrimp on a large platter with a bowl in the center of the sauce, or use small individual bowls of sauce for each person.

I held the first presentation of my new book, The Life I Imagined, at VinOutlet located at Borgo Ognissanti, 70R in Florence. VinOutlet is a wonderful wine store on my street, owned by my friend Carmela Batacchi. Carmela served wine and snacks to the attendees and I had a few copies of my book for sale. I also signed books for those who requested it.

I did a ten-minute reading of one of my favorite chapters and there was some time for questions from those who had already read the book. It was a wonderful, exciting evening and a memory that I will cherish forever.

My next presentation will be on May 16th at The Goose located at via delle Occhi, 15r in Florence. They have a weekly Songwriter/Writer showcase and open mic. It starts at 8:30. I hope to see you there! If you can’t make any of the events but are interested in the book, you can find it on and

The park at Pratolino where this statute is located is open for the season and it’s a great time to visit. This statue by Giambologna was created in 1579-1580, during the time of Ferdinando de’Medici and the Demidoff’s who were living at the Villa at that time. The photos don’t do it justice! It’s amazing.




Today the entire park which is called Parco de Mediceo di Pratolino can be reached on the number 25 bus from San Marco. It is the last stop and takes about 25 minutes. The park is lovely and there are other things to see there. There is a small bar, and lots of shady or sunny places to picnic. There are lots of families here, shade trees and sun. Take a blanket, a bottle of wine, some fruit and bread, a good book and you have a wonderful day ahead of you!




This piece of art was under restoration for three years and cost 315,000 euro. I have always been a big fan of Giambologna, and now this statue will take my favorite statue position along with David. As you see, I couldn’t stop taking photos!






The park and the Villa Demidoff located there are UNESCO world heritage sites. It is opened Friday-Sunday from 10-7. Do it! You will be amazed.