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Badolato Calabria Italy

Best Living in Italy Blog 2016 – Grazie Mille!

Bleeding Espresso has been named the Best Living in Italy Blog by ITALY Magazine…and here is my Sally Field “You really like me!” moment.

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Melissa Design for Your Logo & Web Design Needs

Melissa DesignIf you read Bleeding Espresso or Goat Berries in feed readers and haven’t stopped by the actual sites lately, please pop over as they both have all-new looks.

They are similar because I wanted to have some continuity between the sites, and they are tied together by fabulous new logos by Melissa Muldoon of Melissa Design.

Have you seen Melissa’s portfolio of logos and web design projects?

I absolutely love my new Bleeding Espresso cup and beans as well as the Goat Berries heart and goat tracks, of course, but Melissa has so many other examples of great work, including the new and improved World Nutella Day logo and the websites of Bella Vita Italia and Bella Vita Italia Rentals.

Melissa Muldoon, Melissa Design

Melissa Muldoon, Melissa Design

I highly recommend Melissa if you have a graphic design and/or web design project in mind. She’s professional, fast, full of great ideas, and also really listens to the client’s requests — which can be a problem with some designers. In a nutshell, Melissa was just a joy to work with, and I really can’t recommend her services highly enough, so do have a look at the rest of her profile to get an idea of what else she’s done lately.

FYI You can also find Melissa Design on Facebook, and Melissa at her blog Diario di una studentessa matta (in italiano).

And for those who have asked me about the site designs of Bleeding Espresso and Goat Berries, I am using the Luxury WordPress Template by Curt Ziegler, also known as cudazi over at Theme Forest, and tweaked from there. Curt’s designs are *so* easy to tweak; they’re already user-friendly with so many choices for customization, but Curt also does instructional sheets and even videos — and is also available for questions. He generally responds within *hours* people. Seriously. I highly recommend both Theme Forest and Curt’s designs.

P.S. I also use one of Curt’s themes for, and Melissa also did that logo as well. What can I say? I just love their work.

So there you have it for those of you who were curious about the design of the new sites. And hey, as the holidays approach, why not treat you and your website to a whole new look? If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask — it’s always nice to be able to offer glowing recommendations, so thank you again to Melissa and Curt!

Happy 3rd Birthday to!

Today is the third birthday of the wonderfully informative, a comprehensive, global website helping women living overseas.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend doing so. features the following:

  • 1,000+ content pages
  • 1,000+ expat women blogs
  • 200+ readers’ stories
  • Invaluable country resource pages
  • Interviews with successful expat women
  • Loads of motivational articles
  • Inspirational blog and newsletter
  • Ongoing contests
  • Helpful information for finding items abroad as well as cheap flights “home”
  • Much, much more!

And since it’s the site’s birthday, today is the perfect time to stop in, say hello, and have a look around.

P.S. Head over to wish a Happy 3rd Blogiversary to dear Robin’s My Melange as well!

Coming Back Soon…

Are you getting ready for more Bleeding Espresso? I sure hope so, because I’ll be back very shortly with new posts, new contests, interviews, an exciting foodie event, and more!

Which, I suppose, means no more of this:

Stella sunning herself on Flickr

Oh well. Just to be clear, I will *not* be sorry to see August go. Stinking heat and a village full of tourists gets old pretty fast to this peace-and-quiet-loving gal.

In the meantime, since Bleeding Espresso will be going through some changes (including design!), please take a moment to let me know what you’d like to see more and less of here at the blog.

For those who have already done so via Twitter and Facebook, your input is *molto* appreciated! And to everyone else, please do add your two beans!

Blog Closed for Vacation

Or, in italiano:

Blog chiuso per ferie by Alessia

Yes, Bleeding Espresso is ready for a break, although I personally am not going on vacation. I’ll still be here in Badolato, still working full-time, and still making appearances on Facebook and Twitter, but without writing blog posts, I’ll have more time to spend with P’s family (many of whom are visiting from around Europe) and enjoy all the fun stuff going on here in the village throughout August:

Badolato Summer Events 2009

(Click to see larger image, and then click that image for even larger print.)

Come join in if you need a ferie too!

Buon agosto!

Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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Homemade apple butter
Green beans, potatoes, and pancetta
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins
Pasta with snails alla calabrese
Onion, Oregano, and Thyme Focaccia
Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins
Prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese
Fried eggs with red onion and cheese
Calabrian sausage and fava beans
Ricotta Pound Cake