Guest Post: Rediscovering Italian family and history in Toronto

 My grandmother with her father and bridesmaids outside of St Francis
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By |16/06/2015|Culture, Images|1 Comment

Images from a small Italian town

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My last trip to Italy was exactly 10 years ago now, a trip I took with my family including my grandfather who has since passed away. We’ve always travelled to Italy in August or September: August is when most Italians have their holidays and by September most of the tourists have returned home as well, leaving the beaches wide open. Hot days and cool nights, and the work of the fall harvest are all part of this time of year and I tried to capture this in memories and photos during our last trip. The photo above, of blazing red hot peppers set out to dry, was the very first photo I took on our trip. My grandfather, reminiscing with folks along our travels, can be seen in the photos as well.

If, like me, you sometimes find yourself dreaming of a trip to Italy – the small town quaintness, the abundance in the local markets, the tiny quiet streets and the history of the ageing buildings filling your mind – then you’ll enjoy these scenes from a small southern Italian town taken as part of my early photography work. They remind me that it’s time to stop my daydreaming about a trip and start my planning.

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By |21/08/2014|Images|4 Comments

Found: Vintage Italian Postcard – Palermo 1905

Vintage antique Italian postcard Palermo 1905

I seem to find pieces of

By |21/01/2014|Images|0 Comments

Found: 1906 Vintage Italian Postcard (some things always stay the same…)

Antique vintage Italian postcard Venice Venezia 1906

Some things change and

By |19/11/2013|Images|0 Comments

Enter Aurora Importing’s contest for World Pasta Day! (I’m a juror!)

World Pasta Day Contest

It’s been a little quiet on the blog lately and I’ll tell you why – I’ve been travelling through Norway, Finland, Russia and a few other countries, getting some new experiences and trying out some new foods (like reindeer and bear!). I have to tell you though that there’s two things I really missed: working on this blog and a good bowl of pasta. Pasta was the first thing that was served up for dinner when we returned and now I’m back to work on the blog!

Now you all know how much I like to take pictures of my food, especially pasta.  (If you didn’t see my previous post on lasagna, check it out). Well now’s your chance to show your photography abilities with your own bowls of pasta and celebrate pasta through World Pasta Day!

I’m a juror for a great contest being run by Aurora Importing & Distributing. It’s super simple and the prize is a great pack of pasta products from Aurora (looks like a whole shopping cart full!). You just upload a photo of a pasta dish you have prepared on Facebook by October 22, get your friends to help vote your photo into the top 5 and us jurors pick the top 3 pics.

If I wasn’t a juror, I would be submitting a photo lickety-split! It doesn’t have to be fancy, just look really tasty – just remember to use your camera or phone to take a pic before you dig in (this is an error I make frequently. I usually remember to take a photo when my dish is almost empty – ooops!). Check out these cellphone pics below from my Instagram account as inspiration and let’s see your photos!

Hurry – contest entries need to be in by October 22 on Facebook!

#pastatuesday dinner – rotini with tomatoes, spinach and fish. Using what we have.

A photo posted by Laura D'Amelio (@italiancdnlife) on

By |18/10/2013|Images|1 Comment

Found: Vintage Italian Postcard – Firenze 1916

Vintage antique Italian postcard Florence Firenze 1916

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