Monthly Archives: May 2017

How you can get a castle in Italy for free

Are you looking for a renovation project in Italy?

Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings across the country including castles, farmhouses and monasteries.

But there is always a catch:

There’s a catch: Recipients of the free buildings must agree to transform them into tourist attractions, like hotels, restaurants or shops. Italy is specifically looking for entrepreneurs younger than 40 to transform the locations.

Read more here.

The list of properties.


Uh, how about Omaha?

Four US cites made the list.

Thinking of a beach vacation in sunny Acapulco, Mexico? Think again. According to the most recent annual report of the fifty most violent cities in the world, the former favorite holiday beach destination of Acapulco has become a drug cartel war zone and is now the most violent city in Mexico. It’s also the second most violent city in the world. The report, published annually by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Safety, ranks the world’s major cities of 300,000 or more in population, based on murder rates. The latest report uses 2016 statistics. Here are the highlights.


Who knew? Spices can prevent cancer.

There’s something primal and satisfying about starting a fire, cracking a brew, and throwing on some slabs of meat and hearing them sizzle while smelling the render fat. But recent studies have shown that that aural and olfactory symphony of fat cooking over open flame can create carcinogens called heterocyclicamines (HCA).

In a study that gave a sigh of relief to backyard grill gods everywhere, researchers at Kansas State University recently found that putting black pepper and other spices on the raw meat before hitting the grill grate can almost eliminate 100% of the HCA.


Why Neapolitan Pasta May Be the Best Pasta in the World

Naples is definitely on our bucket list. For the pizza and now for the pasta.

Everybody knows that Naples has the best pizza in the world, but it’s a lesser known fact that Neapolitan cuisine is more than just pizza pies. Naples’ food surprises await in every nook and cranny of its gloriously grungy, graffiti-decorated cobblestone alleys. The food fun starts with fried street treats and ends with flaky sfogliatella pastries. We love all of the food in this authentic Italian city, but Neopolitan pasta holds a special place in our hearts