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Black Death skeletons unearthed in Crossrail Project


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L’orologio ad acqua del Pincio



Curiosità romane: l’orologio ad acqua del Pincio.

L’idrocronometro del Pincio fu inventato da padre Giovan Battista Embriaco nel 1867 e fu presentato all’Esposizione Universale di Parigi.
L’orologio consta di quattro quadranti. Il suo funzionamento è garantito dall’acqua sottostante che mette in moto il pendolo caricando così il suo movimento e caricando anche la suoneria mediante il riempimento alternato di due bacinelle.
L’ambientazione dell’orologio, invece, fu curata da Gioacchino Ersoch che lo inserì in una piccola torre sita in un isolotto al centro di un laghetto con decorazioni lignee in stile rurale che rievoca la foresta. Ha la forma di una torretta lignea realizzata con l’utilizzo di ghisa fusa a imitazione di tronchi d’albero. I quattro quadranti dell’ora sono visibili da ogni direzione.
Nel 1873 l’orologio ad acqua fu collocato a Villa Borghese a Roma, all’interno di una fontana appositamente realizzata dall’architetto di origine svizzera Gioacchino Ersoch.

Il restauro dell’orologio in…

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Episode 57: A Sherlockian Halloween – I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere


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Purple Basil Bruschetta

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Garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, and more garlic… 🙂


Bruschetta. Actually pronounced “bru-sket-ta”, is an antipasto from Italy. I know, I’ve been saying it wrong too. It’s much more fun to say “brush-etta”. If I could pick any place in the world to eat and live, it would be Italy. Wine, fresh cheese, olive oil, olives, sourdough, mortadella… those are my absolute favorites.  

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Roasted Garlic Spread

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This spread is great when making your own garlic bread, to put onto crostini’s before making various bruschetta’s, to put on bread before making home pizzas, or to top veggies and potatoes.  You can make it ahead of time and store it in a tupperware in the fridge for multiple uses.


Makes approx. 1 cup of spread (enough for both sides of a full french loaf)

-1 Garlic Bulb (If you like it super garlic-y then use 1 1/2 bulbs)

-1 tsp Olive Oil

-1 stick of Soft Butter

-1/2 cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese

-1 tsp of Fresh Parsley (I used dry this time which is ok too)

IMG_0324Peal outer layers of bulb and chop top off.
IMG_0327 Cloves should be exposed.IMG_0331Place in cupcake tin and brush top with olive oil.IMG_0332Wrap foil over top of bulb and bake for 30-35min at 400 degrees. (Cloves should be soft…

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Enzo’s on 76

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Enzo’s on 76
11214 76 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
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I’d started a post a couple of weeks ago to mark the milestone of my 100th post. Well, that was all fine and well, but then suddenly when I thought my life couldn’t get any busier, it did! In the most wonderful, exciting way mind you, but still, busy. More on that later. 🙂

A few weeks ago I met up with my friend Jenn for dinner on a random Thursday night. I owed her a dinner out and suggested a few new restaurants. She decided on Enzo’s and I happily agreed. Yum, more Italian food!

Enzo's on 76

We met up after work at about 5:30 and the restaurant was about half full. It’s right in the middle of the McKernan neighbourhood and has a wonderful, warm and inviting atmosphere. It definitely felt like a neighbourhood place.

It had been kind of a crazy week…

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