My husband and I often visited Mexico as a young couple before we had children. The sights, sounds, smells and adventures in Mexico are unlike anything else. We have always longed to take our own children to this special place as a family one day. We recently started taking family trips to Mexico. It’s not an incredibly long travel day, but we’re still able give them a foreign experience with new food, language, currency and experiences like no other. Mexico holds a special place in our hearts. Bringing our own kids there to see what we love was incredible and valuable. On this particular trip we traveled to Mismaloya, a small town south of Puerto Vallarta. It is actually the same town where my husband proposed to me, several years ago.
Growing up on the east coast, italian ice was a summer dessert staple. If you lived near New York, Ralph’s was your go-to shop. Near Philadelphia? Probably Rita’s. Rhode Island? You’ve definitely had a Del’s Lemonade. No matter where you grew up, you probably had a few Italian ices in your lifetime. While the name may have you believing that italian ice is most popular in Italy, many versions of the icy treat are enjoyed around the world. In Italy, this dessert is known as “granita” and commonly flavored with lemon or coffee. The best part about Italian ice? You can make it almost any flavor you want! It’s super easy to make and delicious to eat. Here, we’re sharing a recipe for our favorite Italian ices. Once your little citizens try it, we bet it will become a summertime staple for your family!
Where will the long days and warm weather of summer take you and your little citizens? To the beach? The mountains? Or maybe even a new city? Some of our favorite summer adventures have been road trips with many stops along the way, lazy days near a lake or barbecues with friends and family in the backyard.
Late last year, my sister was awarded the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Affairs, which required her to relocate to Tokyo for the immediate future. The whole family decided to take advantage of her overseas assignment and in March, we arrived in Japan seeking a cultural experience though food and fellowship.
We love meeting new and inspiring creative people. We also love food (who doesn’t?!) and are constantly searching for creative ways to share recipes with our Studio Tea readers. Needless to say, when Lauren K. Stein, reached out to us we were thrilled to learn more about her latest cookbook Fresh Made Simple featuring beautifully illustrated, original recipes. Lauren graciously offered to share her recipe for a delicious Italian Cacio e Pepe pasta dish and here she dives into the story behind her work with a little Q&A.
Dreaming of sunny beach days and backyard barbecues? Summer will be here before we know it. The reality? The kids will be out of school and after just a few blissful days… they’re going to be “so bored”. We’re sure you have the basics lined up – camps, babysitters, play dates, maybe even a week-long vacation if you’re lucky, but we’re here to help you think outside the box. We want to help you make the foreign familiar in your own home. Across the globe, we travel to bring inspiration back home to you. Across the street, we’re showing you ways to have fun summer adventures inspired by our travels through Italy!
We fell in love with Mama Watters’ crisp photos and thought her family could be perfect for our summer collection. When we reached out, we were delighted to hear that Tea Collection was already a part of her family’s story. We learned that the day her son Theo was born, Amanda’s oldest, Stella, arrived at the hospital dressed in Tea. So, we did what we do best—we packed our bags and took off to spend a few days in Kansas City with Amanda and her family and invited Bev Weidner and her little girl Natalie to join the fun!