Once upon a time in Texas, there was a girl with an appetite and a dream...


My Life Italian?

I miss my blog, but I've had a little trouble finding its direction since I came back home. One of the largest items stuck in my writing craw has been the title.

This title promises stories of a girl finding her way in a new country, eating and drinking in the heart (my heart) of the culinary world. I'd hate to mislead, but I've decided to leave it alone, for this is the blog that tells the story of the formation of my current life. I'm back in Texas, adjusting to the American way after four and half years in my surrogate country, and trying to figure how to keep it Italian--how to have the best of both worlds.

This post by Italian Wine Guy shows that I'm not alone on such a journey.

So this is my new theme, my new direction. I am here to preach the delights of taking risks and leaving all behind to chase a dream, but I know (believe me) how hard this is, and downright impractical for all but the nuttiest of us. I'd like to find the best way to keep a little Italiano in our American lives, how to find what we need right here at home to satisfy that craving that I know, for so many of us, will never go away.


Blogger Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

Tracie B, I'll follow you :) Lead us on.

11/16/2008 10:18 AM

Blogger Jessica said...

I am excited to read more! Blog on!

11/16/2008 11:08 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

ahem, Tracie B. it's partly your fault that I live here now. haha

Look forward to reading your posts.

11/16/2008 11:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that! Thrilled to see your post this morning.

11/16/2008 12:03 PM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

thanks girls! lookin to start over...great to see y'all :)

11/16/2008 12:34 PM

Blogger Sicilian said...

Have missed your writings. . . . look forward to your thoughts in the future.

11/16/2008 5:21 PM

Blogger Avvinare said...

I'm excited to read new entries. L'Italia oramai fa parte di te. Lo porti dentro ovunque sei. I lived there for 15 and oddly moved back 3 years ago...sometimes it seems I have never left and sometimes, my new life has interesting twists and turns. I'm looking forward to hearing about yours.

11/16/2008 9:47 PM

Blogger Do Bianchi said...

Something we all have in common: our time in Italy (whether we're still there or not) changed the way we saw the world, the way we ate and drank, and the way we lived... from reading the comments, I know that that experience never leaves us... looking forward to reading about your "life Italian" in Texas, Tracie B. And, is there any way you could post your recipe for that rag├╣? :-)

11/17/2008 9:17 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy to see your post and keep My Life Italian blog.

11/17/2008 2:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rockin. ;-)

11/17/2008 4:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and P.S. I still think of you and your "Gogogogogogo!" comment that helped me along a few years ago.

11/17/2008 4:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! All I can say is yea, yea, yea! I am all ears; well in this case, all eyes.

11/17/2008 10:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter where you are or what the title of your blog is. I enjoy your posts and hope you continue them.

11/18/2008 6:17 AM

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11/18/2008 10:44 PM

Blogger Bolina Stretta said...

Well, I am happy I found your blog... Now you have an Italian, living in Austin, Texas, following your Italian blog from your home state and your home town...

Ciao !

11/21/2008 9:10 AM

Blogger Bolina Stretta said...

I just saw that you are back in TX, well that's no reason to give up the blog... I was in Italy for a year when I started my blog, and now I am back to TX as well, and I ain't quitting ! ;-)

Keep on going !

11/21/2008 9:14 AM

Blogger Texas Espresso said...

Hiya Tracie - good to see you blogging again. I'm looking forward to your continued journey. I'm happy you're happy =)

ps - you know you were in my neck of the Texas woods lately. sure would've liked a twisted root burger...ha

12/02/2008 10:12 PM

Blogger Brandy said...

Hey Tracie--
I've commented here once before because our families are both from Orange, and we were both living in Italy. Crazily enough, now we're both living in Austin, and my family finds itself in the same predicament--how do we keep and mix the best of both worlds. We're living in central Austin--it would be nice to meet up with another person with a similar story.

12/11/2008 9:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad you're back! I read through tons of your archives and have been so inspired. I'm leaving Canada this wednesday to follow my own passion of living in Italia! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us all.

12/29/2008 5:21 PM


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