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

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!!

December 17, 2014

#80 - The Holiday Season in Italy and The Search Begins in Cortona…

From panetone to cappelletti most days are spent in the kitchen cooking and eating! The season of fatness has begun and to celebrate Jason shares a new favorite focaccia recipe. We discuss a NY Times Article on Italy & the internet, a problem that has plagued us for years. A visit to the famed Cortona in Tuscany for lunch sets the scene to begin the search for our property and what's next....

November 18, 2014

#79 - A Classic Thanksgiving Disaster and Big News for 2015!

This year's Thanksgiving feast will not soon be forgot - it was a classic holiday disaster! From loosing electricity to a minor meltdown it was a crazy day to say the least. We discuss a few 'rules' when it comes to paying bills, funerals and even shipping boxes. And finally we announce big news for 2015!!! Thanks for listening and Happy Holidays!

November 5, 2014

#78 - Tis the Season for Truffles!

After our longest 'break' from podcasting we're back!! The latest from the farm, an update from the garden and what's growing now. Then we delve into the dark world of truffles. Thanks to our wet/warm early fall its been one of the most prolific seasons for truffle hunting (driving down the price) meaning each morning there is steady stream of truffles coming out of our back woods. Learn how we buy them direct from the hunters! And finally, Jason shares one of his favs for the song of the week.