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Life in Le Marche, Italy - Two American expats share adventures of running an organic farm & inn, recipes, daily life & more!

September 8, 2016

#90 - Summer in Italy, Earthquake Update & Stuffed Zucchini Food Talk

Thankfully we are safe & sound without any damages in our area after the devastating earthquake. We recap the last few months and how the Dutch saved our Summer! The fun vs. frustrations of kids at the farmhouse and menu planning involved for families. And Jason asks if 'Stuffed Zucchini & Carbonara what you really want?!' Announcing the 2017 NEW cooking classes! Thanks for listening & have a great day!

July 20, 2016

#89 - Dirty Laundry

He fled the country!! The unbelievable true story of selling our cooking in Italy. Two days after all the documents and contracts were signed at the notary (and legally binding), the “new owners” of La Tavola Marche fled the country on a plane back to the good ol’ U.S of A.!!  They lasted 6 days in Italy. We were in total shock - not only did they leave without telling us but without paying either! It’s the stuff movies are made of. Jason & Ashley are back to share with you the trials, tribulations and joys & laughter of running a farm, inn and cooking school in rural Le Marche. To read more about this crazy story visit our blog: http://latavolamarche.blogspot.it/2016/06/when-life-gives-you-lemonsmake-best.html

March 7, 2016

#88 - Interview with Villa Cappelli, Puglia

This week's podcast is a good one!! An in-depth interview with Villa Cappelli owners Steven & Paul. Away from the tourists in one of the most beautiful undiscovered Regions in Italy, we hear from two American expats about life in Puglia, their favorite local recipes and restoring a centuries old villa! The couple also produces olive oil and wine and we delve into the infamous olive oil scandal happening in Italy!! For more on Villa Cappelli listen to their podcast - Living Villa Cappelli www.villacappelli.com
Thanks for listening & have a great week!!!

February 28, 2016

#87 - Bordeaux, Mallorca and the BEST Airport for a Long Layover in the EU

Our latest travels to France & Spain, including the best place for a layover in Europe! Our househunting continues for the next great farmhouse for LA TAVOLA MARCHE and our new business/brand NO HALF MEASURES is taking off quickly with a stay at the five star boutique (agriturismo) Gran Hotel Son Net in Mallorca! From flights to funerals we cover a wide range this week!  Thanks for listening, Jason & Ashley

January 16, 2016

#86 - Barcelona Winter Getaway, House Hunting in Italy + Annual Sausage Making

Lots to talk about this episode of Podcast from Italy - We just returned from a weekend getaway to Barcelona with beautiful weather & a memorable stay at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona. We share the highlights of our amazing first look/taste of the new menu at K - Find out how I was able to travel in the EU without a passport! And we recant the "Groundhog's Day" esque annual sausage & salami making with Dr. Gaggi & Vittorio. Still on the hunt for the next farmhouse for La Tavola Marche as well...Thanks for listening!

January 2, 2016

#85 - A Holiday Wrap Up, House Hunting & How We Travel

Happy New Year from Italy! This week we share our holiday traditions, including a special segment narrated by Dr. Gaggi! We're house hunting for the NEXT location for La Tavola Marche...Then we discuss winter/low season travel and the perks of low-cost airlines!
Watch the videos mentioned in this podcast here: https://nohalfmeasureslife.wordpress.com/films/

December 17, 2015

#84 - Roasting Chestnuts While Podcasting & Periscoping

Today's podcast is a little different - we woke up early to simultaneously record a podcast & LIVE! Periscope video! Thanks to everyone that sent us your questions - both ahead of time and while the periscope feed was live! Jason showed and explained how to roast chestnuts in an open fire while I complained about Christmas in Italy! We announced big new about La Tavola Marche and what's next for us and the business!!
Thanks for listening!! And if you'd like to watch the periscope feed (only available for the next 24 hours...) or follow us for future broadcasts: https://www.periscope.tv/ashleybartner

December 5, 2015

#83 -Travels to Sicily…

Thank you to all the fans that emailed us to continue the podcast - we were overwhelmed by your kind words!! After our longest hiatus we are back with hopefully a weekly podcast for you about our life in Italy and travels beyond. This week we catch you up on our last season, give you a Dr. Gaggi update, talk about the Holidays and of course what's happening in the garden. Then we get into our autumn travels to Spain, France and Sicily. Thanks for listening!!

April 8, 2015

#82 - Easter in Italy, Saveur Blog Awards Nominee & Buying a B&B

Back at it after the Easter holidays - we recant the weekend of festivities with our beloved Dr. Gaggi and family. Ashley is nominated for a Saveur Blog Award for Culinary Tourism Coverage and thinks it must be a mistake! And we discuss the sale of our b&b business and property in Italy!

March 31, 2015

#81 - Getting back into it…

After 3 months we're back at it! This episode we share our winter travels, comparing a bit of life in Italy vs France. Now that we're back home it's back to work and we break down how we reopen the inn after winter. Plus we answer your burning question: 'why are you really leaving/selling the business?'
Thanks for listening!!