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Fare La Scarpetta means to wipe your plate clean with a piece of bread.

What else could you ask for?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Buon Ferragosto!

Ferragosto, an Italian holiday celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary (originally there were other reasons to celebrate the date), is August 15th.

A great phrase in Italian is "Fare la ponte." The literal meaning is "to make the bridge." Colloquially, the phrase signifies taking extra days off in order to link a holiday with a weekend and have a longer vacation. Good idea, right?

While I can't exactly justify a three week bridge because of a one day holiday in country where I don't live, I'll be taking a bit of an internet pausa. I am off to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference in Vermont. If you are interested in my life as a writer, I invite you to visit my writing coach blog.

In the meanwhile, you might celebrate the holiday yourself by watching the movie Mid-August Lunch that takes place on Ferragosto in Rome. It is a lovely, tender movie available streaming on Netflix.

A settembre!

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