English by birth, Italian by choice – well the guy was the choice, he just happens to be Italian.  We have a little daughter who is our pride and joy, a true gift.  We found out she was expected on the day we got home from our honeymoon – it was the best wedding present we could have ever wished for!

So, our little familia consists of just us three and no pets.  I’d love a cat but the Don says they stink! It has been a rocky road at times, this cross-cultural living.  Lots of things are lost in translation.  Patience is required in abundance.  At first I worked against it, trying in vain to make him English. Now, I just embrace the fact that he’s odd, I mean, Italian! 🙂  We are raising our bambina to be bilingual and making sure she is kept abreast of all things Italian on a daily basis – she already has a bit of hand waving on the go!

I was born in Liverpool, North West England and was brought up by my very beautiful mother – she was/is my best friend and I tell her everything (or so I let her believe, some things are not meant for mother’s ears!).

I moved to London in search of myself but to be honest I got totally lost.  Usually, after having fallen asleep at the back of a night bus from downing too many shots.  As I got older, this progressed to getting lost in taxi’s after slurping too many glasses of champagne/cocktails/whatever was bought for me.  It was brilliant…from what I remember!

I went travelling to find myself but to be honest I got totally lost. I don’t even dare to share where/how/why I got lost, I just did… ’nuff said.

I came home to London, thinking if I “settled down”, I’d find myself.  What I found was a very loud Italian guy, who admittedly on first introductions I thought was gay.  He wasn’t.  He was Italian.  Wearing his bright pink t-shirt waving his hands all over the place as Italians do.  I took that for camp but I now know that all Italians are loud.  I had never been to Italy and have never been interested in anything Italian (does GucciPrada and Pizza count?) and now this culture, this country, this way of being has been thrust upon me.

I’ve settled well into my Italian-ness.  I can cook a few things well, I can hold a semi-decent conversation and I’ve impressed my in-laws on a number of occasions.

Why blog? my friend told me to.  If she told me to put my hand in a fire I probably would.  I like writing, I like the diversity of my English/Italian cultures – it sometimes frustrates the hell out of me (probably the Italian side) but mostly, it’s quite amusing (definitely the English side).  And, London, well, London is just London.  I love it.

And here is where I begin, to embrace my findings, whether by default or choice, to emerge myself into my cross over of cultures but most of all to try, God damn it, TRY and be more Italian.  To like Italy more, to like the food more (sorry but I do prefer Indian!) and wait for it…. to be a good, no, to be an excellent Italian wife!

So to my husband, amore mio ti amo con tutto mi cuore and to my wonderful gift, the best present I ever received, my little girl…mummy loves you and promises not to swear, because I would actually like you to read this without cringing when you’re older!



13 responses to “About

  1. shirley

    February 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hip hip hooray, at last more stories to make me laugh, more stories to keep me company whilst my English/ Italian family live far away from me in London. I love it when you write because you are charming, witty, dry and extreamly funny. As a person you are all of these things and more. To the people who read your blog I am sure they will be hooked, can’t wait for the next chapter. Well done sweetheart for getting started. Love you mum.x

    • unavitaazigzag

      April 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Hey, Shirley mum, it seems you really did a good job, with your EnglItalian daughter ;o)…
      Congrats to you too, baby ;o)…

  2. Tea&Biscotti

    February 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Grazie Mamma… my biggest fan! xx

  3. purplediva

    February 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Well done for procrastinating no longer, and putting fingers to keyboard and getting started…you’ll be hooked!

  4. Becky

    February 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    DO NOT put your hand in a fire. 🙂

  5. Sinead

    February 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Well done for starting this! Really good so far, keep going! x

  6. Anna Gawron

    February 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    wow !;-) Had so much laugh already reading these few posts ;-). Well done Kellyann! Cannot wait for next “biscottis” !

  7. Anya from Older Single Mum

    April 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    That’s beautiful – real and heartfelt. Great to meet you other day and am glad to hae found your blog X

    • Tea&Biscotti

      April 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Aw thanks Anya.. I try to honest if nothing else, its the best policy x

  8. sharingmyitaly

    April 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for liking my Florence’s post . . . hopefully you will find it helpful during your visit there. Hope you had fun at the wedding! Ciao…

    • Tea&Biscotti

      April 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Youre welcome. I havent gotten aroung to reading part 3 yet but when done, will leave my comments for you. Its really really helpful and I just hope we get around to going now we have a very good excuse!! 🙂

  9. unavitaazigzag

    April 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You’re definitely ‘simpatica’, in the best sense of the word…
    And you definitely do know how and what to write.
    And as for ‘getting lost’, well that was the Beat Generation pathway, mine too.
    If you never get lost you’re actually lost.
    Me too I lived and studied in London for a fair long time, some decades ago. I liked it.
    Lastly, for the time being, ‘amore mio ti amo con tutto mi cuore’, wow, has only some minor mistakes: ‘… il mio’ is correct.
    Thanks also for your visiting and appreciating my three advanced blogs, all in standard English (I hope not to leave too many mistakes…), given that they are above all aimed at foreigners really interested and loving real, top quality, fair playing, friendly things and people Italian, which I created last year but only resumed to manage on a daily basis… yesterday, owing to a lot of negative reasons which overwhelmed me for quite a long time (yes, as a matter of fact in the few last years I’ve been really too lost…)

    Buonanotte, mia cara e in bocca al lupo per il tuo italiano.

    • Tea&Biscotti

      April 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Sorry to hear you’ve been a bit lost, hope thats sorting itself out now. Thank you so much for your support with my blog, really appreciated. I have a thought on Italian language: you know we are teaching Bambina to speak Italian, how would you be interested in doing a guest post on it given youre the language expert? If you know anything about language with children, let me know what you think! Buona Giornata caro.


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