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Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

Living Villa Cappelli Paul Cappelli & Steven Crutchfield, discussing all things Italian: food, cu

    • Reisen und Orte

Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.

    061: Day in the life of running an Italian Villa

    061: Day in the life of running an Italian Villa

    In this episode, we try to give you a bit of behind the scenes look at what it’s like to run a villa, especially from the tour and vacation rental aspect.
    We cover all sorts of topics, including:
    •  Breakfasts, as far as what we serve and why a simple breakfast is never a simple breakfast
    •  Laundry.  Again, while for most a load of laundry here and there during their week is a normal chore.  There’s nothing normal about it when you have 10 bedrooms of sheets and towels to wash each week.  Plus, you have to head down to hang them up to dry, which is another trip in and of itself.
    •  Meals.  How we design meals and cook them, with and without guests.  If you’ve ever made a big holiday meal for your family, you probably have some idea the amount of work that goes into that.  So when are cooking for say 15 to 20 people each day, the chopping, cooking, and cleaning all add up.
    • Touring.  Paul is the man who drives everyone around on tours.  So after breakfast, he’s driving everyone to the next site and leading the tour at that location.  He also sticks with everyone to order everything for each meal, and make sure everyone is taken care of at the restaurant.
    • Shopping.  This is never a quick task when food shopping in Italy. You could just go to a supermarket, but we never do.  So you head to your butcher.  Then the local produce vendor (aka farm stand essentially).  The baker/breadman.  The local cheesemaker.  Etc. Etc. Etc.  We, of course, have our favorites spread all over town.  So Paul is either driving guests around to visit each store during our tour.  Or if we are making meals for guests, he is doing the shopping for that.
    •  Cleaning.  This isn’t just about a turnover day, which is always a very long day, but also about during the week.  On the turnover day, you have to clean up the whole villa. Which meals cleaning 10 bedrooms, 2 common rooms, the kitchen, and all the outside spaces.  During the week, there’s just normal everyday cleaning, but also clean up after a meal with guests. Which if you are serving a four-course meal to 20 people means 80 plates alone, not counting pots, glasses, etc.
    •  Entertaining.  Probably the most fun, but this would include handling happy hour drinks, taking guests on special outings, and at as a concierge. 
    • Product work.  So when we don’t have guests, we switch to making products to sell to mainly the U.S.  So this includes, of course, harvesting olives, taking them to the mill, etc.  It includes catching up on inventory and making other products like our conserves.  It’s putting labels on all the packaging and making sure everything is ready to ship the states.  All the stuff you might think of with a business like that.
     
    So, that’s just a bit of our excuse for being so tardy with doing more podcasts, but we do hope to do more very soon!

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    060: Italian Villa Projects

    060: Italian Villa Projects

    In this podcast, we catch you up on the projects we’ve been doing at the villa during our “off time” without guests.  From major new interviews to unexpected construction, we’ve had a lot going on.

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    The Top 10 reasons to book an Italian villa for your next celebration

    The Top 10 reasons to book an Italian villa for your next celebration

    Have a big milestone birthday coming up?  Or perhaps an anniversary?  Perhaps you’re just looking to travel with a large group of family and friends.  Then booking a villa in Italy might is the perfect way to celebrate with family and friends.  Here are just a few of the reasons you should book an Italian villa now!
     
    1. It’s more affordable than you think
    When you stay in a villa in Italy, it will feel like you’re living in luxury, but it’s very affordable.  Definitely more affordable than a hotel or resort.
    According to Lonely Planet travel site, even a midrange hotel room in Italy will cost you upwards of 200 Euro a night.  At a four or five star hotel, it will be 250 Euro or more. 
    A villa rental however usually averages to 99 Euro a night per room.  That’s a 60% savings! 
    • Meals
    • alcohol
    • Parking, etc.
    Bonus tip:  It’s not uncommon to ask guests to chip in when joining you for this amazing celebration.  They will also have an amazing holiday, you are just arranging it all. You don’t have to pay for it all on top of that!  Renting a villa makes it a lot easier to split costs that deciding who had the salad and who at the pasta at dinner.
     
    2.  You can bring along a ton of friends and family
    Space, it’s not the final frontier.  It’s what you get when you rent a villa!  Ever tried to squeeze your family into a hotel room when traveling?   Especially once you get to five or more kids?  It’s not only uncomfortable, but a hassle. 
    A hotel room can average around 400 square feet
    A villa can average 2000 square feet!
    Or 20000 sq. Feet total
     
    •  full kitchen, multiple bathrooms, multiple living spaces, and probably a game room or two is an amazing option for larger groups. 
    • get away from everyone for a couple of hours?  There’s always some corner free.  Want to play a board game? Set up your area over there while others lounge by the pool.  There are always options when you rented a villa.
     
    3. You’ll find a variety of entertainment
    If you’re traveling with a large group for your birthday or anniversary (or other big event), that usually means you’ll have a range of ages, from parents with kids to elderly relatives. 
    An Italian villa rental allows you all to be together, yet still have your own space to find something fun to do.  A hotel just isn’t geared for families or groups of friends traveling together. Between the expenses mentioned above, it’s also not conducive for a lot of together time.  Just gathering by the hotel pool or a nearby restaurant isn’t all the different from other get-togethers at home.
    A villa allows you to cook together. Play games together.  Take a walk or run together.  Go see the sights and more.
    Plus, while kids do love hotels, they do get bored easily.  With a villa, you can comfortably let them explore and play without worrying about other guests.  Plus, most villa rentals have a DVD library, board games, and pool to keep kids occupied.
    Double plus, if you can get an Italian villa centrally located, you can take a lot of fun day trips.  Italy, and especially Puglia, have a lot of great sites that both young and old enjoy seeing.  From castles like Castel del Monte, to amazing seaside towns like Polignano a Mare, and to beautiful Unesco World Heritage sights like Matera.

    4.  Your celebration will be YOUR celebration
    When renting a villa for your getaway, you get a higher level of privacy that you could never get at a hotel or condo.  No sharing the pool.  No dealing with dining with strangers or hotel staff asking to clean your room early in the morning.
    It also works in the opposite direction.  No one likes to go to a restaurant with a toddler that could have a meltdown or that crazy loud uncle that tends to embarrass you. 
    Hotel guests can include everyone from adventurous ne

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    058: Real News, Fake Food

    058: Real News, Fake Food

    In this podcast, we take a dive into the culinary world and explore where there is a lot of “fake food” out there. From doctored extra virgin olive oils and grated cheese to wine and balsamic vinegar, we give you the real news on fake food.
    Topics we cover:
    •  How we’ve had a few podcast fans visit this year, including Kendra and her new business:  www.vida.wine
    •  How often we don’t realize the wool is being pulled over our eyes in regards to food. Here’s a list.  Do you have others?  Let us know in the comments.
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil •  The corrupt world of extra virgin olive oil and the struggles we face with that. It is definitely a fake food most times.
    •  This book covers this topic extensively.  Check it out: Extra Virginity
    •  How by Italian law that even if the olives come from a different country, as long as the oil is bottled in Italy it is allowed to be called “Italian Olive Oil”
    •  How producers from Tuscany come down to Puglia and buy Puglia olives, then bottle extra virgin olive oil in Tuscany and call it Tuscan olive oil
    •  How our extra virgin olive oil is really just freshly squeezed olives
    •  We’ve covered this subject a couple of times in past episodes.  Check out:
    — Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Everything you always wanted to know and never knew to ask
    — How to tell if your extra virgin oil is really extra virgin
    — Why your Italian "food" may not be real food
     
    And click here to sign up for our email course explaining more on how to tell if your extra virgin olive oil is really extra virgin.
     
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    Coffee •  Paul wonders why whole bean coffee costs less than ground coffee
    •  Paul believes there must be other additives to make it cost less

    •  After doing a little research, I think there may be other reasons:  Namely, inferior beans.  Here's what one site had to say:
    "Whole bean coffees come from better lots, because it’s impossible to hide negative qualities in a bag of whole bean coffee. Much of the coffee’s aromas and flavors are released when it’s ground. Therefore, customers who purchase whole bean coffee and grind it at home will notice the coffee’s nuanced qualities — regardless of whether they are good or bad.
    In comparison, coffee that’s pre-ground has already lost many of its aromatics and flavors by the time the customer purchases it. Thus, it’s not as important to use beans that are highly flavorful and aromatic when selling pre-ground coffee. Roasters that offer ground selections can get away with using lower-quality beans."
    •  Does anyone have any insight?  Let us know in the comments!


    •  How Paul had a work colleague was bragging about how he makes coffee pods that have 75% pure coffee grounds in the pods
    Parmesan Cheese  •  We did a whole podcast on this here: Why your Italian "food" may not be real food
    •  How Parmesan actually is legally allowed to have cellulose (wood pulp) in every jar. Supposedly it is a safe anti-clumping additive when it is only 2-4% of a product. But FDA investigations found 8.8% in some! In some cases ,the cheese was less than 40% of the product!
    Wal-Mart has now be slapped with a lawsuit over selling a product labeled as 100% Grated Parmesan but had 7.8% wood pulp!
    Truffle oil •  How Paul bought some fresh truffles a few years ago and we made truffle oil
    •  But then we discovered this can be very very dangerous, and only last 2-3 days
    •  This sight https://www.idratherbeachef.com/how-to-make-truffle-oil/ goes into it a bit more:
    "When you make fresh truffle oil as demonstrated in this post, it has a VERY limited shelf life of two, maybe

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    057: It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll

    057: It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll

    We move outdoors to sit among the olive trees for our second part of our interview with rock ’n’ roll royalty Jenny Boyd.  We talk music, creativity, and her book It’s Not Only Rock ’n’ Roll.
    Topics we cover:
    •  We talk about Jenny’s second husband
    •  The British invasion
    •  How Brits saw America a land of opportunity
    •  What musicians drive was during the creative process, what they experience when writing a son
    •  What part drugs and alcohol played in the creative process
    •  If they believed everyone has the potential to be creative and how to express yourself
    •  How they musicians are just like normal folks
    •  How the Beatles never knew their music would live on and be so popular for so long
    •  How they came from very simple lives in Liverpool
    •  How Jenny’s new book is a memoir of her life growing up in the 60s and 70s with all these musicians
    •  How George Harrison was most influenced by their experience in India
    •  Carpool Karaoke with Corbin
    •  The reason some groups have stayed together or come back together
    •  How Jenny interviewed Keith Richards for the book
    •  Keith’s take on creativity
    •  How all the artists were willing to talk about their muse
    •  How they all had a sense of destiny and knew they were going to be famous
    •  Paul’s breakfast with Pete Townsend
    •  Pete’s take on people feeling he was selling out by using his music in advertising
    •  How people feel they have ownership over of the music and even the artists
    •  The most interesting Don Hendly, Joni Mitchel, David Crosby, Graham Nash
    •  How all of the artists were really encouraged by someone when they were young
    •  How you have to be you to be creativity
    •  How Paul hated seeing work that was imitating other work in advertising
    •  How you need to find your own voice and find the courage to use it.
    •  A book on the subject:  The Courage to Create
    •  Paul’s description of showing creative work to clients and how it feels like you are exposing yourself to them
    •  How Eric Clapton described it as looking into the face of God
    •  How Ringo described presenting songs to the rest of the group
    •  One of Paul’s favorite quotes about creativity:  “Big ideas are so hard to find, so fragile, and so easy to kill. Don’t forget that, all of you that don’t have them.”
    •  How Jenny was inspired by her stay at Villa Cappelli
    •  How she stayed “in the now” while here and enjoying
    •  How she was inspired by the food and cooking at Villa Cappelli
    •  Steven’s take on cooking and how there are no rules
    •  Jenny’s take on our creative expression at Villa Cappelli
    •  Steven’s appreciation of Italian’s “living in the now” and definitely enjoying each moment and each day
    •  Italians don’t just each to nourish, but sit down, relax and each with the family
    •  Paul really wants to create a sign that says, “Just calm down!” for guests that come to the villa
    •  How tours have changed here at the villa from guests really interacting with each other to everyone sitting on their phone posting pics to Facebook
    •  How one of our guests did something amazing while staying here.  She wouldn’t take a camera with her when she went out.  She instead took her sketch pad and would sketch whatever she saw and then watercolor it.
    •  Jenny said she was inspired to draw while staying here
    •  The famous picture of everyone “enjoying” the Pope’s visit
    •  How we hope to do an unplugged tour at some point
    •  This great Nature Valley commercial
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er5IijMC24A[/embed]
    •  Again, enjoy Jenny’s book. Check it out here.
    •  Again, you can follow Jenny here at her website.

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    056: Jenny Boyd "Rock 'n' Roll Nobility"

    056: Jenny Boyd "Rock 'n' Roll Nobility"

    We are finally back after a very very very busy summer.  But we couldn't resist making some time to sit down with one of our guests, Jenny Boyd, and talk to her about creative and music and her book It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll.
    Topics we cover:
    •  We introduce Jenny Boyd, a recent guest at Villa Cappelli
    •  She wrote the book It’s Not Only Rock and Roll  Click here to get a copy.
    •  How Paul grew up with the music Jenny had a first-hand account of this music
    •  How Jenny is a part of rock and roll nobility if you will
    •  How music today doesn’t have the same social relevance as it did in the 60s and 70s
    •  We wonder what has changed, why aren’t artist tapping into the zeitgeist like that used to
    •  They really had no idea that it was going to be such an important time and that music would be such a big part of it.
    •  The Beatles were like the first boy band
    •  Jenny was married to Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac
    •  How Jenny and Mick meet
    •  Pattie Boyd is Jenny’s sister, who was married to George Harrison of the Beatles and later Eric Clapton
    •  Jenny talks about how Pattie and George met
    •  How Eric Clapton wooed Jenny away from George, writing Layla for her while Pattie and George were still together
    Here's the song on iTunes and below are the lyrics:
    [Verse 1]
    What will you do when you get lonely
    And nobody is waiting by your side?
    You have been running and hiding much too long
    You know it is just your foolish pride
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    [Verse 2]
    I tried to give you consolation
    When your old man had let you down
    Like a fool, I fell in love with you
    You turned my whole world upside down
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    [Verse 3]
    Let us make the best of the situation
    Before I finally go insane
    Please, don’t say we will never find a way
    And tell me all my love in vain
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    [Chorus]
    Layla, you’ve got me on my knees
    Layla, I am begging, darling, please Layla
    Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
    •  How Paul likes Bell Bottom Blues from the same album
    •  The drive is very key for all the artists Jenny interviewed
    •  They also had a sense of destiny.  For example, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash said he just knew they were going to be famous
    •  Jenny went to San Fransisco in the 60s and had an “ah-ha” moment
    •  When she moved to San Fransisco, they were all tapping into the zeitgeist
    •  How the musicians hung out with royals and everyone was just equal
    •  How Paul thinks pot had something to do with it
    •  Paul’s memory of disc eaters
    •  Paul’s story of when Rumors came out and smoking when his Mom was visiting
    •  How the song Jennifer Juniper was written about Jenny by Donovan
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCtcXDCxh7w[/embed]
    "Jennifer Juniper"
    Jennifer Juniper, lives upon the hill
    Jennifer Juniper, sitting very still
    Is she sleeping? I don't think so
    Is she breathing? Yes, very low
    Whatcha doing, Jennifer, my love?
    Jennifer Juniper, rides a dappled mare
    Jennifer Juniper, lilacs in her hair
    Is she dreaming? Yes, I think so
    Is she pretty? Yes, ever so
    Whatcha doing, Jennifer, my love?
    I'm thinking of what it would be like if she loved me
    How just lately this happy song, it

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