Monthly Archives: December 2005

Venice, Italy

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 25th- 27th, 2005 After leaving the chestnut farm in France John and I spent a few days in Venice with my uncles from Chicago who were […]

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Laura - I’m so happy you enjoed Venice…
Here in Italy some years ago there was the “salgemma”, a typical kind of salt. So “Gemma” is a normal name for our salt…
Bye ! Laura

gemma - Venice was great Laura. I had no idea my name could refer to salt in Italian. That is a surprise! I suppose it is fitting, I enjoy salt more than most.

Laura A. - Hey Gemma,
I’ll be in London the last week in January, and just on the off-chance that you’ll be there, too, I thought I’d check…I’m glad your travels are going well!

Chef Melissa De Leon - Gemma, evething looks delicious, specially the cheeses and the olive strudel! Yum! Happy New Year, many hugs from Panama :)

Laura - Wow, I’ve found that:
“Salgemma, or sale di rocca: it’s a natural and poor product.
Salgemma (95% of the mining salt) preservs his natural integrity, and so is more valued than the normal industrial cooking salt.”
From here:
Bye !

shaz - you’re rite. those olive bread loaves look too good to be eaten. what a waste!
shaz a fellow food blogger

gemma - Thanks Melissa, Happy New Year’s to you too!
Hi Laura, thanks for the information. I’m glad it is good salt!
Hi Shaz, it really was too bad. Luckily there have been many other redeeming bakery experiences on our trip. I am currently in Russia enjoying some fantastic pies and breads. Mmm!

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Gemma Salt - I got a kick out of the salt named Gemma, as my name is Gemma Salt!! (I also live in the US)

Jaci - I keep getting your wed site for “Best Bread” in Venice. Maurao El Forner de Canton” I search for an address or where to find..Pleaes help me locate… I get hungry everytime I see the picutes and discriptions. Going to Venice for 9 days in Mid April. Thanks

gemma - Mmm, I wish I was going back to Venice. Here is some information for you Jaci — I don’t know which address is correct, but Venezia isn’t too big (Strada Nova sounds right to me though):
El Forner de Canton (Grocery and Bakery)
S. Polo, Venezia: Centro Storico
ruga Vechia S. Giovanni No. 603
El Forner de Canton (Grocery and Bakery)
Cannaregio, Venezia: Centro Storico
Strada Nova No. 3845

Caroline - Um…. WOW. What a trip.

Venice Travel Guide - Hmm, nice information about Venice bakeries.

Gemma - It really was amazing Caroline! I’m tempted to do it again, but I should really be saving money at this point in life.
Thanks Venice Travel Guide, though this is probably a bit out of date at this point.

Ardèche, France

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 18th- 24th, 2005 We are enjoying our last week in Kraków, Poland.  Our time has gone fast here.  It is sad to be leaving and I […]

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keiko - Gemma – gorgeous pictures! I enjoyed staying in Krakow too, it was such a beautiful place. I hope you both have a wonderful christmas and new year. Take care.

Hasnaa - Hi Gemma and John!!
Hope you’re both spending good times in eastern Europe. Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year for both of you!! I can see that it’s been a very interesting baking trip for you Gemma, as you wanted it to be!! Very Important: you have to know that your pictures are so perfect that they make people want to taste the meals you show us no matter what!!
Bonnes fêtes!!

gemma - Thank you Keiko, it is always so flattering to hear that you enjoy my pictures. Krakow has been so much fun. We are leaving today after 6 weeks. I wish I could stay! I will post about it as time allows.
Hi Hasnaa, I’m sorry I haven’t returned your email! Happy Holidays to you and JJ. I will write you soon.

Garmisch, Germany

I spent the last few months traveling from London to Beijing. Here is a taste of one place we spent time. Follow the links to read about others. October 14th- 17th, 2005 A while back we visited my friend Thom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany after spending a bit of time in Copenhagen, Denmark.  I met Thom, […]

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melissa_cookingdiva - Although all your photos are fantastic, the spirulina roll is my favorite! Happy Holidays and Hugs from Panama :)

gemma - Thanks Melissa! It was a gorgeous little roll. I hope you are warm in Panama. We leave cold Krakow today for even colder St. Petersburg!

Nicky - Dear Gemma,
Glad you liked Bavaria! I haven’t been to Garmisch for some years now, but really enjoyed every stay in the past… Talking about Käsespätzle (or Kaasspatzn), we just had a big bowl of them yesterday… with another big bowl of salad… I love them! Enjoy your trip and a very happy 2006 to both of you :)

gemma - Hi Nicky, I really loved Bavaria. The food, the people, and the land–It was beautiful. I hope I can return for a longer visit one day. Happy New Year’s to you as well!

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