End of Summer Days

Life Around My Table
Life Around My Table

As summer winds down and the shadows become longer, there are still many reasons to celebrate the season’s transition and transformation.

For almost a decade now, I have been a fan of Il Palagio, the Tuscan home and winery of Sting and his beautiful wife, Trudie. I have watched, admired and learned so much from the transformation of a neglected hillside winery in Tuscany. There is Life once more in a place that had almost been forgotten.


This past weekend, with my son newly permitted to drive, we set out on an adventure of collecting wine, meandering through our local Farmer’s Market, and connecting with friends new and old along the way. It was time to find inspiration in the simplest and purest of ways: Time well spent with my teenage son, creating adventure out of thin air, and making memories to carry us through.

Life Around My Table

After spending a little time on Google Search, I located the bottle of wine I was looking for. Roxanne! And it was within an hour’s drive from where I live! There is definitely one thing about me that many people don’t know; I really don’t mind how far I have to go to procure interesting and special food and wine products!

Life Around My Table
Life Around My Table
Life Around My Table

Of course after all of this driving and running around, we had certainly worked up an appetite.

Time to go home and create a little Magic in my kitchen!

Life Around My Table

Menu Ideas
I served the lamb chops with a beautiful organic salad of avocados, tomatoes and blue cheese, dressed with freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil. Roasted baby Yukon potatoes and a delicious caponata, made with eggplant, zucchini and roasted Hatch Chiles rounded out the meal. For dessert; sliced strawberries, plain Greek yogurt and a drizzle of orange blossom honey. Il Palagio’s Roxanne did not disappoint! A versatile and intense wine with flavors of spice and cherries, it paired beautifully with the meat and cave blue cheese accompanying the tomatoes and avocados. Simply the perfect way to end a wonderful weekend.

Life Around My Table

Life Around My Table

Inspiration can be found everywhere and in the most simplest of things. You never know who or what will bring it to you. Just keep yourself open to it ALL!


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  1. August 20, 2019 / 12:55 am

    LOOKS DELICIOUS……….GIAMPIERO does a similar rub for his lamb chops!
    Where are you watching STING AND WIFE?On Instagram?

    • 93zingara
      August 20, 2019 / 1:37 am

      This past Sunday, the CBS Morning Show with Jane Pauley did a whole show dedicated to Florence and Tuscany. There was a very short segment about Il Palagio. I must admit, I really don’t recall how I started following all of this. I do follow @ilpalagiointuscany on IG. I read a lot of publications on wineries all over the world and this one somehow just captured my heart.❤️

  2. Nancy DeVito
    August 20, 2019 / 2:33 pm

    This looks great Diana ❤️

    • 93zingara
      August 20, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you Nancy🎶🤩🎶Finally💪🏻

      • Lola Martínez Iniesta
        August 21, 2019 / 6:53 am

        Cara Diana,

        I wish you the best for this new stage of your life.

        I really like your blog and
        it will be a pleasure to learn with you as a teacher.
        I love your writing style, the content of your texts, your beautiful photographs and, above all, your recipes.
        You are a great cook and you know how to teach the most difficult in a clear and simple way… braaavaa!!!

        Your joy and enthusiasm are contagious and symbolize
        La Joie de Vivre.
        I like your lifestyle and your Art de la Bonne Table.


        Un fuerte abrazo,


      • 93zingara
        August 21, 2019 / 12:51 pm

        Dearest Lola,

        Thank you for your loving and beautiful words of support! There is still so much for me to learn on this journey and I’m just so happy that you will be a part of it with me!🦋🤩🐥🌸🌺🐞🌻😘🤗🤗🦋

        Un forte abbraccio a te,

  3. Lola Martínez Iniesta
    August 25, 2019 / 6:39 am




    • Lola Martínez Iniesta
      August 30, 2019 / 2:08 pm


      WHAT CAN I DO?

      HELP, PLEASE 🙏🏽💙🙏🏽


      • 93zingara
        August 31, 2019 / 1:34 pm

        I will always help you along the way. I hope 🤞 we can figure this out for you together! Thank you so much my sweet friend!

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