Win a Trip to LA with me to meet Chef Rocco DiSpirito! GIVEAWAY!

I could’ve never imagined that the first email I read this morning would set the day off in such a whirlwind of activity and excitement! If you’ve been following along with my clues on Twitter & Facebook, you might already have a guess… :) Bertolli, who sponsored the last giveaway where I made my own basil fettuccine, contacted me about another giveaway… An incredible, once-in-a-lifetime giveaway…

Are you ready?

An all-expenses paid trip for me AND one lucky kevinandamanda.com reader to attend a fun, culinary-inspired day and an exclusive, intimate meet-and-greet in Los Angeles, CA with celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito!

Rocco DiSpirito

We’re going to LA!
And we get to meet *him*!!!

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Time’s Up!!!

The winner of the Bertolli Giveaway Trip to L.A. has been chosen and notified!

(I wish I could take you allllll with me!)

Keep in touch with with me next week on Twitter and Facebook – I’ll keep you updated every step of the way! :)

Thanks so much for looking – See you next week! :)

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It’s all happening next week! And yes- you read that right! Me AND a reader!! Sound like fun?? Want to come with me?? :)

If you’d like to join me in Los Angeles for an all-expenses paid trip to meet Rocco here’s what you need to know:

HOW TO ENTER…

To be entered to win, all you have to do is answer a question in the comments section of this post! :)

For this “Week of Bertolli” Giveaway, I will post a video every day starting today until Thursday, May 6th (4 videos total). The first video will be at the bottom of this post. The rest of the videos will be posted here, every day:

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/giveaway/bertolli

Bookmark that page and check it every day this week for the new videos! :) To enter, simply watch the videos and answer the question I ask about the video in the comments section of this post. To make it easy on me, always come back to this original post to leave your comment.

You may enter up to 4 times by watching all 4 videos! :)

NOTE: You don’t have to watch all 4 videos in order to win – just one entry is all it takes to win! :)

You also don’t have to leave a comment on the same day the video was posted- it doesn’t “expire”. If for some reason you don’t see this post until Tuesday, you may leave both your comments for Monday and Tuesday’s videos on Tuesday. Or if you don’t see it until Thursday, you may leave all 4 comments on Thursday. Make sense? :)

EXTRA ENTRIES…

You may Tweet about this giveaway once per day for another 4 entries! Twitter entries must include @kevinandamanda, @Bertolli, and a link back to this giveaway post. Use this link to reference this post: http://bit.ly/bxQoIW Leave a separate comment on this post for each tweet!

You may Share on Facebook once per day for another 4 entries! Facebook entries must be tagged with the (new!) Kevin & Amanda Facebook Fan Page & Bertolli’s fan page. To do this, become a fan of Kevin & Amanda and Bertolli on Facebook. Start typing a status update and type the @ symbol, then (with no space) start typing Kevin… or Bertolli… and you will see the fan page pop up. Click on it to “tag’ us in your status update. Entries must also include a link back to this post. Use this link to reference this post. Leave a separate comment on this post for each Share!

You may enter up to 8 extra times by Tweeting & Sharing every day! :)

THE RULES…

- Contest ends Thursday, May 6th at 11:59 pm CST.

- Winners must be traveling from within the continental U.S. and be able to attend a trip to Los Angeles, CA with date range of May 10 to May 12, 2010.

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Got that?? :) *whew!* Alright! Here is the first video!! :)

Join Rocco Dispirito, Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese as they begin their culinary adventure in the beautiful walled city of Lucca. Watch as our trio unlocks the secrets of talented local artisans and chefs, learns that one ingredient is as valuable as money, and discovers the inspiration behind Bertolli Frozen Meals’ Chicken Florentine and Farfalle.

And the question to answer is… (I’ll go easy on you for the first video! ;))

What was your favorite scene in this webisode? Was it when Rocco, Marisa, and Dan had to match which cheese came from which animal? How fun was that little game?? I would’ve loved to try and guess! :) Was it when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta?? I totally want to try making my own cute little pinched farfalle bows now! :) Meep! :) Or was it something else? What was your favorite?? :)

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Oh! And BTW! :) There will be another blogger and her reader joining us – And guess who it is! Well… you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out! :) She hasn’t posted on her blog yet and I don’t want to scoop her. ;) But I have a feeling you will be just as excited as I was! :) I can’t decide who I’m more excited to meet: Rocco or………. ;)

Thanks so much for reading and entering… I can’t wait to meet the winner!



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Lori H. May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My favorite scene was when Rocco taught Marisa how to flip the ingredients! I would probably have the same reaction!

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Brittany May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I enjoyed watching them cook. Goodness, that meal looked delicious! It made my dinner of Spaghettios look pretty pathetic!
Also, I’d love to go on adventure to L.A. (I’ve never been to California.) I’m sure my fifth graders wouldn’t miss me too much for a couple days! :-)

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Kelly Jo May 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Shut Right Up!!!
I think you win for the most amazing blog giveaway!!!
I have to tell you that on my first trip to Manhattan, I trudged all over the city with canoli’s from Rocco’s bakery. My husband and I ate them in our hotel room overlooking Time Square and they were DELISH!!

My favorite part of this video was the footage of them walking through Lucca- a trip to Italy is on our bucket list but seems like a dream to me so I love catching glimpses.

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Amy May 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

A shiv! Haha! This is INSANE! How exciting!!!

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Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Oh wow! I think I know who you are talking about but I will keep it hush, hush till she announces it!
My favorite part was Vito’s mom flirting with Dan and making him blush! How cute!

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kellie May 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My favorite scene is all three of them riding the bikes to get the clue. I loved how much fun they look like they are having!

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Neda May 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

*sigh* i’m so sad! we’ll be attending one of the final shuttle launches on the 12th…so, no entries for me. =( good luck to everyone else!!!! sounds amazing!!!!

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Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I enjoyed when they reflected on their day at the table! :)

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Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I tweeted (Heather_KS)

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Monica May 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

You are so lucky (I hope I am too lol)! Anyway, my favorite scene is when Dan says “So I guess we should be looking for a cheese shop”. Dan, Marisa and Rocco seem like a weird mix of personalities, but it actually works. I like these videos.

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Heather L. May 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I shared on facebook (Heather Leggett)

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Lori May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I just loved seeing them all sit down and have their meal together. All the laughter and smiles were truly wonderful! (And Vito’s Mama giving Dan “the look” was priceless!)

Great giveaway Amanda. Whomever wins this will have the time of their life!

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Peggy Whisenhunt May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

my favorite part was seeing how marissa’s family came and with her friends they shared a great meal together. Food and Family you just cannot beat, and real fresh parmesan cheese, what a winner that is.
the chance to win a trip is just toooooo awsome.

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Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I shared on facebook! Now if I could just figure out twitter! :)

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Valerie Kloosterman May 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

It was when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta! Who new a pinch did all that :)

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Abbie May 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

OMG!!! How absolutely thrilling!! Oh my most favorite was watching Rocco flip the pasta in the large pan.. ooo.. if only we had smell-o-vision!! It must be heavenly!! Good luck everyone!
xoxo~

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Tara May 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

When Marissa uses the cheese tool as a hair accessory. Cool contest and opportunity!!

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Tara May 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I tweeted as well (@TaraSroka)

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Rachel Scott May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

My favorite was watching them make the pasta! Looks like so much fun!

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Brianna May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I loved it when Rocco was showing Marissa how to flip the pasta, I know how she feels because flipping an omelette, let alone a huge pan of pasta, is very intimidating!

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Nataleigh G May 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

My favorite scene was watching Marisa try to pinch the farfalle–I can never get it right either!!

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Rachel Scott May 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I tweeted about it… solandrachel

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Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

My fav part was Rocco’s fake Italian accent: “We have no money, so we put up cheese.” Hehe!

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Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Tweeted about the giveaway: @thenerdswife

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Jae May 3, 2010 at 8:37 pm

My favorite part was when Marisa’s mom surprised her by being in the kitchen to help cook and then making the Farfalle together. I love cooking with my mom and daughter.

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Debra May 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

My favorite scene was watching the trio riding bikes through the streets of Italy! I will ride bikes with you in LA……..reinact the scene!!

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Arena May 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Shared on Facebook, too!

http://www.facebook.com/arena.blake

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Kathy Owen May 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I loved the whole video. I loved the part when they were riding the bikes and had to carry the cheese to go cook. I loved when the mama had a crush on Dan and he was wiping his forehead and blushing. I can’t wait for tomorrows video to see whats next. What an exciting giveaway.. I love watching Rocco on T.V. If I could go see him in person that would be so AWESOME. Off to go Tweet and Facebook this giveaway, its the best one I have ever entered in my life. Thanks for the fun and chance of winning something so lovely and memorable. Kath’

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vicki May 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I really loved the conversation when they first found out about the challenge.

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Natalie May 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Are you kidding?!?! What a giveaway! There are no words to describe how excited I am right now!

Ok, so I watched the video. My favorite part was definitely when they were making the pasta. It reminds me of being a kid and helping my great-grandma make orecchiette pasta. They’re kinda shaped like little ears (hence the name) and I would have the greatest time sticking my thumb in the pasta to shape it.

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Erica May 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Just tweeted also! Woohoo! heartrn24

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BeckyS May 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Wow! How awesome Amanda! My favorite scene is when Rocco says “We have no money, but we put up the cheese!”

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peamissy May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

You’re kidding me … this is fantastic! heck yes, I want to meet Rocco! My favorite part was seeing the three celebrities riding bikes (which looked vintage and cool!) in Italy!

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Susan May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I loved how they said in the video “It’s all in the pinch!” to make the perfect al dente, I never knew!!

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Jennifer in Idaho May 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I agree….about the cheese….”I just want to keep eating it! Why do I have to know (which animal it was made of)?” Cheese….my friend.

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Rebecca May 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I think my mouth fell open at the site of the streets of Italy, right at the beginning. Oh, how I would love to go there! I’ll settle for LA, though. :)

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Danielle May 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I shared on facebook!

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Andrea S. May 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Amanda! I have to win this so I can send Ben! So fun! My favorite scene is definitely the “perfect pinch”! :) Farfalle is his favorite pasta! :) So excited about this opportunity for you & whoever wins (me, hint hint)!

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Denise G. May 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

What a great give-a-way & video! I loved their chase to find the ingredients and that Marissa’s family surprised her. So fun!

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Jennifer in Idaho May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I shared on facebook too! Oh how exciting!

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Diana Ferguson May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Oh my gosh! I love watching and listening to them on the streets of Italy!!! I’ve actually been to Italy. In fact, I broke my arm in Florence. Yes, I have pics!

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Danielle May 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

SO I was totally in love with Rocco and his show The Restaurant when it was on. I loved watching him ride around on his little Vespa everywhere. I was seriously sad when that show went off, I really liked it. And Dan Cortese? It was like reliving an episode of Melrose Place and What I Like About You! My favorite part of this video was when Dan was carrying around the cheese. I would have loved to see them crash on those bikes, I thought Rocco was going to hit someone!

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Andrea S. May 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

I shared it on Facebook (and risked a *talking to* from Ben…he’ll thank me later).

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gina May 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

My fave part was watching Vito’s Mama making eyes at Dan!

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Katy May 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

HOW CUTE is Marisa Tomei?!!! Have you seen her “Core and Curves” video? My favorite part is that they ride bikes all over the city. We should so do that. Thanks!!!

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Tami May 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I loved watching them make the pasta…it looked amazing!!

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Chris May 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My favorite was the coffee shop scene. It reminded me of being on my honeymoon!

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Clare May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Ohhhhhhh I wish I wasn’t going on vacation now,…!!! LOL… I hope you have a wonderful time with Rocco… he’s dreamy!

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coleen May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

wow, how cool is THIS??? my fav scene was “name the cheese”… and they got it right!

fun, fun… ( :

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Tara May 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I wish I could just reach through my screen and taste test that cheese with them!! I really enjoyed learning how to do the perfect pinch but mine would look totally messed up I’m sure. Also enjoyed watching them ‘try’ to do the traditional toss. I have tried that so many times here at home and it just goes everywhere. I think I need Rocco’s help (in LA)!

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Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:50 pm

My favorite part was the toast to “Family” at the end. I think family is the most important thing in life so that hit home with me.

Thanks for the opportunity!!

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Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I have tweeted about the contest.

http://twitter.com/DPWeld

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Donna May 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I shared the giveaway opportunity on my facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/donna.p.weld

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Tanktop May 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

My favorite was the flirting with mom! LOL!

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Chelsie Holste May 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

WOW!! Talk about an amazing opportunity, Amanda! You are so big-time! :oD My favorite part was learning that cheese is used as collateral…I can’t believe it!! I am a cheese-lover myself, so I think that’s so cool!

Oh, and my prediction for the other blogger…it just has to be PW!!! Crossing my fingers….

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Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I became a fan of kevinandamanda and tagged you in my status update!…http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pkraikittikun

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Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I became a fan of Bertolli and tagged it in my status update!…http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pkraikittikun

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Patty K May 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I loved when Marissa’s mother surprised her and when they learned how to make the farfalle pasta.

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Michelle May 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

oh my goodness! this giveaway is simply amazing!
and that video! gorgeous! loved it all! the cheese tasting, the biking to the piazza (sp?), the group cooking dinner, and sharing the meal together! So fun! love it love it love!

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Sarah May 3, 2010 at 10:27 pm

My favorite part was when Marisa tried to flip the pasta! I’ve been trying to learn that move forever, but my dinner ends up going all over the place!

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Giovana May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Hi Amanda! I just found your blog and I love it!!! I checked the giveaway and Iwould loveeeee to win :)
My favorite part of the video is when Marisa learned the secret to the perfect pinch of farfalle pasta. I wish I could know how to make my own pasta.

Thanks for this awesoem chance to win.
God bless.
Giovana

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Giovana May 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I have shared this on Facebook too. !!

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Casie May 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

My favorite scenes are when Rocco says “We have no money, but we put up the cheese!” and moma flirting with Dan and making him blush too funny!

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Niki Chazen May 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm

My favorite part of the video was the cheese test…. and the scenery! I would love to visit Tuscany!

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Niki C May 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I also updated on Facebook!
SO EXCITED! :)

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Sarah Ireland May 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Yes! I want to go! I loved watching this family sit down to eat together. I reminds me of my own Italian family eating together.

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Andrea May 3, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I think my favorite part of the video was them sitting down to enjoy the meal. I think family is very important it was great for them to be able to share a family meal.

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Lexi Swinimer May 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

Oh the flipping! Rocco teach me!!!

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Tabitha Lehman May 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

OMG! This is a great giveaway, Amanda!

My favorite part of the video was when Rocco tries to get Marisa to do the traditional Italian flip! :o)

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Mari May 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

How cute was Vito’s mama?! She’s ready to take Dan back to her casa and train him up right! lol

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Natali May 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

Hello! Amanda, could you have put together a more amazing giveaway?!?! Thank you Amanda & Bertolli!

I just loved the cheese tasting…and the whole concept of a “Amazing Race–Food Style” through Italy. Incredible! Can that be the next giveaway? ;)

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Susan May 4, 2010 at 12:54 am

Favorite scene is watching them pinch the pasta!

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Hizzeather May 4, 2010 at 12:59 am

Wow…you must be sooooo excited! I’m excited for you!

My favorite part is where they get to sit & eat! It makes me so hungry, but there is something comforting about friends and family enjoying a beautiful meal together.

Too bad you can’t bring Kevin with you…or will he be coming on his own?

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Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

OH MY GOSH! What a freakin cool giveaway!!!

I liked the part when they were trying to figure out the cheeses.

Is the other blogger Pioneer Woman? Is it? IS IT!?

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Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

I facebooked it!

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Candice S. in Colorado May 4, 2010 at 2:43 am

This would be so incredibly awesome and amazing! Wow, girl, you know how to bring on the fun!!!!!

Thanks for the chance! :)

Candi in Colorado
candice1973 (at) comcast (dot) net

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Candice S. in Colorado May 4, 2010 at 2:48 am

OH! Snap! I forgot to answer the question: My favorite part was the cheese test. This is so super-cool!

I have posted this on my facebook page so that my second post will count too! :)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1421575737&ref=profile

Thanks so much for this opportunity, how cool would this be??? Way cool!

Hugs,
Candi

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emily May 4, 2010 at 5:03 am

The cheese had to taste amazing!!! I’m a cheese-aholic!
I have to say though that my favorite part of the video was their “adventure”. Looking for and finding their clues to their destination! How fun is that?!? The atmosphere and just wandering around in that beautiful city had to be just as AMAZING as the food itself!

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Cindy May 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

I had a couple of favorites in the video. When Rocco helped Marisa flip the pasta and when Marisa was surprised with her mom showing up. Cute video and it made me hungry for pasta!!

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Connie May 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

I loved watching them make the pasta dinner> I would love to be able to one day go to Italy and cook with someone’s Mama.

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B Smith May 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

Girl please!!!

This might be the funnest contest EVAH! And, if I win..and we go on the trip together…you and I might have the most fun in the world!!!

Oh my gosh. I have to enter every.single.day!

Ok, him flipping the pasta….the best!!!

Oh dear! This is the best contest!
Off to tweet it!

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B Smith May 4, 2010 at 7:02 am

And I tweeted!!! Oh my goodness. I hope I win :)

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Annette Bowers May 4, 2010 at 7:08 am

My favorite part was when Marisa’s mom surprised her in the kitchen. How totally special was that? I can’t wait to see the next episode!!!

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Christina May 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

Well I have to say this was hard to pick one scene that I liked the best. I absolutely love Tuscany and all the beauty of it. It was neat to see them all go on a scavenger hunt per se’ for their dinner. I can only imagine how nice everything smelled along the way. If I have to pick, it would be the Dinner scene at the end. It just reminded me of a big italian family sit-down, enjoying wine, food, and each other. Delizioso!

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Layla May 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

My favorite was when Marisa’s mom came to learn in the kitchen and they did the pinching! What an awesome giveaway!!!

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Layla May 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

I tweeted too! cayleighsmomma

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Donna May 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

Making pasta – looks so fun. They are smiling and enjoying each other’s company on a new adventure with their mothers! *sigh*

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Leanne May 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

I tweeted. (leannethewalker)

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Leanne May 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

I also facebooked!

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Niki May 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

Did Marissa put that cheese tool into her hair? ROFLMAO!!!

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Tina May 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

I loved the meal, where everyone sits down to eat together!

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Leanne May 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

I loved when they were all riding their bikes laughing and saying how Italian they were. I thought that was precious!

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Lori May 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

I loved the moments when Marisa’s family joined the party!! What a fun thing.

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Cara May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

I loved watching them make pasta. I just can’t wait to start making some of my own!

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Charlene May 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

I can’t wait to go out and buy some Bertolli! It was fun watching them make the pasta! It was really cut how embarrased Dan got!

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Suzanne May 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

I tweeted! I will watch the video soon (at work right now) but yay! yay! PLEASE pick me!! :)

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Mary Colovich May 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

1st of all, FANTASTIC giveaway! 2nd, GREAT video and a lot of fun to watch…(I’m a Cooking Show fanatic) and 3rd, I guess my fav scene was when Marissa was trying to flip the pasta…too cute!

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Candy May 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

My favorite part is when they all sat down as “family”….that is what meals, to me, are all about!!

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Angie Barrett May 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!! I would so be in heaven!!!!!!!! I retweeted your tweet about this:
http://twitter.com/bigbearswife

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Tabitha Lehman May 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

I tweeted! 5/3

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Tabitha Lehman May 4, 2010 at 8:54 am

I reposted on facebook! 5/3

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Jessie May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

I love it that they are riding bikes through the city, that’s my favorite way to get around when I travel! It must have been beautiful and fun!

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Laurie Howard May 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

WOW!! What a giveaway!! Italians are known for their love of food and family; the two just automatically go together. My favorite part is when Marisa is so pleasantly surprised to see her mom, then they get to enjoy making homemade bowtie pasta together! What fun! Wish I was there right now!!!!!!! :)

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Heather L. May 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

Video #2- I liked when Rocco was squished like a sardine in the backseat of the car. Poor kneecaps! ;)

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Melissa in MI May 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

My favorite scene is when Dan Cortese and the Italian Mama are flirting with each other.

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Heather L. May 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

Tweeted 5/4 (Heather_KS)

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Heather L. May 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

Shared on Facebook 5/4 (Heather Leggett)

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Nataleigh G May 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

Tuesday: My favorite scene from today was Marisa again and her pasta faux pas! She was so cute all confused by how to use the machine and how pasta kept coming, and then thinking she jammed the machine and dumping the blame on Dan, LOL!

I also enjoyed Rocco’s admiration of Saro’s moustache!

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Brandi May 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

It was all wonderful. Italy looked beautiful, the coffee in the piazza was picture pefect. Them riding bikes and twinkling the bell was funny. As was carrying the giant round of cheese. And who doesn’t love pasta with parmasana regiana?? And the wonderful end to a day sitting and chatting with family? Beautiful. I had no idea that was how they pinched the pasta and I would never be brave enough to try to flip it like that!

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Sheena Perron May 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

I loved when Rocco was showing Marisa how to toss the pasta to coat it. I also liked the part with Vito’s Mom crushing on Dan, that was hilarious! Hope I win!!

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Mary May 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

Riding the bikes and ringing their bells. I would love to do that in Italy!

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Deidre May 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

I loved the cheese tasting moment! I had to do that once in high school – but we didn’t have to figure the milk – we just had to figure out what kind of cheese it was. Loads of fun!

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CreativeBusyHand May 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on May. 04, 2010. Thanks again.

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Kimberly H May 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

My favorite scene was the family dinner after cooking that fabulous meal. I just came back from Italy and spent two days in Lucca so it was a nice way for me to remember my trip. The food in Lucca is divine!

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Gay Ham May 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

I liked the part where Marisa was learning to make the perfect pinch on the pasta.

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Jenny May 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

My favorite part was when Marisa and her mom learned how to pinched the farfalle! What an amazing giveaway!!

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Deidre May 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

Tuesday Webisode:
I loved the wild mushroom picking experience. That is the coolest thing. I’m not big fan of mushrooms, but I believe for me it is a mind over matter thing. O-well. I’ll try anything to meet Rocco DiSpirito! haha

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Gay Ham May 4, 2010 at 10:35 am

I shared on Facebook!

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Colleen Henderson May 4, 2010 at 10:48 am

I loved seeing the cheese shop- I have never seen so many amazing looking cheeses in one place- I always thought that the type of milk determined the density/softness of the cheese- instead, all of the cheeses looked firm and dry. Also, how do some of the cheeses have different colors? Is it the type of cultures they use, etc. I think it calls for some research! Loved the segment!!

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Amanda May 4, 2010 at 10:52 am

i liked when they were talking about the cheeses. mmmm.

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Kristen May 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

For video #1 – I’m such a cheese fanatic that I loved when they went to the cheese shop. Can’t believe how many types there were!

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Jennifer in Idaho May 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

Of course I love that we learned about a new herb. But my favorite part of this video was the humor! I particularly love Marisa’s technical jargon.

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Mary May 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

My favorite scene was any with Rocco featured! I think he is the HOTTEST! And he can cook?!?! Be still my heart! :)

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Layla May 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

Webisode #2

I’m not a fan of mushroomd either, but loved the guy’s mustache and the cute little forest people!!!

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Jennifer in Idaho May 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

I shared on Facebook!

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Lisa H. May 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

My fav scene from Monday was when Vito’s mama was sweet on Dan!

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David LaFlash May 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

WOW – how exciting. My best part was watching everyone cook in the authentic and rustic “cucina” with Mom and son. Classic italian expereince and one I have always wanted to do.

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Donna May 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I posted it on my facebook again today.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/donna.p.weld

Thanks for the opportunity,
Donna

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Donna May 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I tweeted again.

http://twitter.com/DPWeld

Thanks again for the opportunity,
Donna

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Joy May 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Oh my gosh, what an AWESOME giveaway! I loved the part when they were showing her how to flip the pasta- and the cheese tasting. Honestly, the video was so much fun to watch, which I wasn’t expecting at first. And the food had my mouth watering….so yummy!

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Lisa H. May 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Webisode #2: My favorite part was the, as Dan calls them, “forest people”. What a cool experience for these three!

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Sarah T May 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I get excited anytime I see anyone make pasta! I just took a pasta making class but we didn’t make farfalle so I really enjoyed watching that part!

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Valerie Kloosterman May 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

For the second adventure-
My pasta comes from a box :) … so my favorite seen was when Marisa and Dan were figuring out ( or breaking ) the pasta machine.

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Felicia May 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

wow, dan cortese is not aging well, is he?

this trip sounds great! I really liked all the beauty shots in the video; totally makes me want to go to Lucca!

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Jennifer P. May 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I love the scene in the piazza- reminded me of the scenery I enjoyed when I visited Italy! And the yummy handmade pasta- I’m getting hungry…. :)

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Kara May 4, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I just loved it that they were actually in Italy riding around the cobblestone streets on their bikes. It just seems so peaceful there. What a fun giveaway!

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Kara May 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm
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Jolanthe May 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Favorite scene ~ when they are riding their bikes together. ;)

What an AMAZING giveaway!!!!! Thanks for the chance. I would SO find a way to go!

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Jolanthe May 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Tweeted it just now!

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Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm

day #2 video

I loved Spauro! He’s such a cute little old man!

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Barb in Palm Beach, FL May 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Wow- My favorite scene of the clip was the family & friends gathered around the table sharing a fantastic meal (I just loved the pasta dish). You can always count on a true Italian family to keep that tradition alive-I am thinking also just the reality of eating the true Italian cuisine right there in Italy-what could be better!

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Lucy Lean May 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

My favorite scene was the family dinner – salute!

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Angela May 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

When Dan has to carry the big wheel o’ cheese or when they cut the cheese (hehe).

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Charlene May 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

My favorite part was when Rocco went through the city yelling for the man they were supposed to find! Awesome!

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Sadie May 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

What beautiful scenery! I liked the cheese part. Mmmmmm…. I love me some cheese!

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Talia May 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

My favorite part was when Vito’s mamma made Dan blush. That was so cute. But, I also liked the part when they said that cheese was held as collateral for money. That’s awesome!

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Barb in Palm Beach, FL May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I posted a link to your contest on my BLOG – May 4th!
http://www.eyeswideopen1@blogspot.com :)

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Lorrie May 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

My favorite scene was watching Rocco help Marisa toss the pasta.

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Barb in Palm Beach, FL May 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I tweeted! @cookwithbarb

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Angie May 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

So fun! I love Rocco! My favorite part was the laughing at dinner about the mom being interested in Dan. Too funny!

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Melinda May 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I loved seeing the scenes from Italy…now I’d like to see the scenes of L.A.!

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Tiffany May 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I thought it was so special when Marisa’s mom surprised her in the kitchen to help make dinner and I enjoyed learning how to make the farfalle pasta.

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Susan May 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Loved the scene where they are driving to Pistoia and seeing snow in the mountainside. It’s great to see the country in real life! WInter with dead trees and all!

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Leigh Anne@Your Homebased Mom May 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Would love to go!!!

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mjrooney May 4, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I also would have to say I loved watching them tour through Italy! I also agree your blog is amazing!

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Jamie May 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

This is fantastic! Thanks for this great opportunity!
For the first video I loved the little scavenger hunt they had to go on. How cool is that to go on one in Italy!

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Jamie May 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Oh my goodness for Tuesday’s video – I love Sauro! That little guy is so full of life and you can’t help but smile and get all excited with him. Yay for Sauro!
And thank you again for this incredible opportunity!

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Patty K May 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I liked when they were making fun of how small the car was…that crack about the can opener was great! I also liked learning about scraping off the spores on the mushroom.

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emily May 4, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I have to say my favorite part of this episode was the trio mushroom hunting – HOW FUN IS THAT?!? although a close 2nd was Rocco walking around just yelling Sauro’s (sp?) name through the streets of Italy – I laughed out loud!

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Patty K May 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Kevin and Amanda facebook fanpage on status…check

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Patty K May 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Kevin and Amanda facebook fanpage on status…check

http://www.facebook.com/pkraikittikun?ref=profile#!/pkraikittikun

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Patty K May 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Bertolli facebook fan page on status…check

http://www.facebook.com/pkraikittikun?ref=profile#!/pkraikittikun

(I accidentally posted about “Kevin and Amanda”‘s fan page twice)

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Diana Ferguson May 4, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Loved the fun and special moments in the kitchen. Each had a special role. Marisa and the pasta machine were too cool!

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Colleen Henderson May 4, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I had two favorite parts for episode 2-
My parents have some friends who have moved to our state from Europe. They are huge mushroom hunters and always give my parents mushrooms that they have frozen. Whenever I thaw them, they look like slime and I usually throw them away. It was wonderful to see that wild mushrooms look normal instead of like something someone dumped out of a slime container from the dollar store.

The second favorite was when the video would freeze and the best was when Marisa was walking into the kitchen with her stick- the look on her face said that she was ready to beat someone to death with her stick. It just struck me as funny.

These videos make me want to pack up and head to Italy.

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Jae May 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I laughed out loud when Rocco was yelling Sauro’s name through the streets. That’s what I would have done!

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Wendy May 4, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I loved seeing them bike through the streets of Italy. makes me want to dig out the old passport! Cant wait to see more!

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Erica May 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I think my favorite part was when they were picking mushrooms! I absolutely have grown to love mushrooms as an adult! I have tweeted @heartrn24 and facebooked also! http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/BURNSBROOD6

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Lisa Arnaudo May 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

OMGosh!!! I think my fave part was the little “mushroom keepers” and Rocco saying they could only be cuter if they were miniature. What a great giveaway!

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Valery Bunnell May 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

day #2

I facebooked it

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Leanne May 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I just tweeted again!

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Rachel May 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm

My favorite part was Rosco! But i thought it was cool seeing how Marissa tied her scarf!

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Natalie May 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Just watched video #2.

My favorite part was when Rocco meets Sauro and says, “Immediately I’m impressed with his mustache. This was a tremendous mustache; he had been working on this for a long time, I could tell!” I truly LOL’d!

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Carla May 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I love to watch them cook-they are super cool but seems so normal :)

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Kayla Wagstaff May 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

My favorite was watching them match the cheese to the animal. I sure couldn’t have done it!!!

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Melissa G May 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm

When Rocco was showing Marissa how to flip the pasta when they were cooking together! By far, the best!

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aundrea May 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

my fave part was rocco flipping all the pasta to coat it with all the ingredients. so cool!

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Melissa G May 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Tuesday – when they were looking for Sarro. Watching them yell his name to find him was hilarious!

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Susie May 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Video 1 – My favorite part is Dan carrying the wheel of cheese through the streets! Amanda- I would be just as excited to travel with you as I would to meet Rocco! Wait, how much weight can I lose in a week!?!

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Nicole@Farmgirl Chaos May 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I want to make some pasta! I like that they made the pasta that they ate. Now to learn how to do that.

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Susie May 4, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Video 2 – I loved Dan and Marisa at the pasta machine (and Dan’s comments) – Funny!

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Kristen Gregson May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I loved seeing the cheese shop FILLED with different types of cheese. Wish I could have been there too!

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Debra May 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Hello again………day two! I loved the part where they were sitting around the table talking about the most enjoyable part of their day!

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Collette May 4, 2010 at 11:47 pm

AWESOME giveaway, Amanda!! You rock!! My favorite scene is definitely the “perfect pinch”! I’m excited to watch the second video…………and get another chance to win! ;-)

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Sadie May 5, 2010 at 12:50 am

Episode two! The mustache distracted me, but the pasta looked sooooo delicious!

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Emily L. May 5, 2010 at 1:27 am

If you say Ree I think I might just have to drive up there an stalk y’all :) ha I’ll be watching the webisode… and rereading the rules tomorrow. It was long! ha

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Brittany May 5, 2010 at 5:01 am

Video #2: I enjoyed watching them scream the guy’s name through the streets of Italy and seeing the open market. I really wish that we had things like that around here.

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Connie May 5, 2010 at 6:58 am

The scenes from the streets of Italy as incredible as are the celebrities, how fun this trip would be!

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B Smith May 5, 2010 at 7:18 am

“The Perfect Pinch”….there is nothing better than that!!!

Oh my gosh! This is so exciting!!!

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Leanne May 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

In the second video I loved when Rocco was talking to Sarro and talked about how awesome his mustache is. “Immediately I’m impressed with his mustache” So funny!

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Leanne May 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

I also facebooked again!

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Leanne May 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

And I just tweeted again. (@leannethewalker)

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Nataleigh G May 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

My favorite scene in webisode three was when Dan, Rocco, and Marissa went to Paolo’s egg farm. I follow a strict vegan diet because animal rights mean a lot to me and the laws governing factory farms in the US don’t protect them at all. Seeing Paolo’s farm brought a tear to my eye because here were all these chickens, they all still had their beaks, they still had their legs, they had the freedom to walk about as they pleased–and they were perfectly content. He fed them lovingly, a mixture that he took a lot of time to prepare. It was so nice to see cage free, free range birds that were just that.

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PatriciaD May 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

I love, love, love to cook but I have never tried homemade pasta so that looked pretty cool but I think my favorite part of the video is when the whole “family” sits down to dinner. I love a family meal with everyone together.

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Leanne May 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

I loved when they were running around the chicken farm trying to get their eggs. So funny! But really that lasagna looked INCREDIBLE! I wish they would share it with me. :-)

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Niki C May 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

Video 2: My favorite part was when they were shouting in the streets looking for Sauro as well as when Marissa and Dan were in the kitchen and they broke the pasta machine! That is SO something that I would do!

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Niki C May 5, 2010 at 8:24 am

Another Facebook Wall Post linking to this giveaway!

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Diana Ferguson May 5, 2010 at 8:31 am

Great #3 video! I just absolutely adore the cafe scene as they sit outside enjoying the sites and people! If I might have another favorite it’s getting to go out to Egg Man’s farm in the country.

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Niki C May 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

Video 3: Absolutely, my favorite part was hunting for eggs in the chicken coops. Classic!

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Heather L. May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

Video #3- The chicken coop fiasco was hilarious! I don’t envy them in there!

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Heather L. May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

5/5- I tweeted (Heather_KS)

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Heather L. May 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

5/5- I shared on facebook (Heather Leggett)

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coleen May 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

gathering eggs in the chicken coup was so great… I can’t imagine doing that!

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Valery Bunnell May 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

day # 3
LOVED the chicken scene. So hilarious!

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kelly May 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

love when rocco taught marisa how to flip the pasta!

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Lisa May 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

I love they cooked with their mothers. “The perfect pinch” for Mother’s Day, so sweet!

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Danielle May 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

I loved the scene where they are riding the bikes around and ringing the bells but my most favorite is Dan and Vitto’s mom making eyes are each other :) haha Too cute!

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Donna May 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

In the second video, my favorite part was when Rocco told Dan and Marissa about the underwear….unexpected and made me laugh.

The mushroom people and Sauro were adorable.

Thanks for the opportunity.

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emilyjpaterson May 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

I hope it’s not too late for me to enter (I should have double checked!) But oh my I really enjoyed the video! Italy is beautiful:) I would so love to go there simply to eat and ride a bike, that’s heaven to me. I’m totally making pasta tonight!

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Donna May 5, 2010 at 11:01 am

My favorite part of the 3rd video was definitely while they were collecting the eggs. Lots of fun to watch.

And that Paolo is a cutie. When he comes out in the beginning it looks like he’s walking through spaghetti with all the things hanging down from the top of that door.

Now I’m very hungry. Thanks for the opportunity,

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Donna May 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

Tweeted about the giveaway again.

http://twitter.com/DPWeld

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Donna May 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

I posted it on my facebook again today. Here’s the link:

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/donna.p.weld

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AshleyD May 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

This is INSANE!!!

My favorite part(s) is just seeing them walk around the city; the scenery is so beautiful and almost looks fake!

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Mandy May 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

I loved it when he said “I saw the biggest cheese…and I’m not talking about my career.” haha!

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Mandy May 5, 2010 at 11:54 am
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Mandy May 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

Episode 3,
Hmmm…was your favorite part when the chickens started flying everywhere and Marisa freaked out?
I love Paulo the egg man and his adorable bald head & beard. also, the lasagna looked AMAZING!

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Mandy May 5, 2010 at 11:59 am
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Missty May 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I love this!!! I will be back for the others videos, I love the little game with the cheese and the hammer. Would love to join you!! Did I mention I love to cook??? I drive my family crazy…when I offer to cook rather going out to eat.

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Mandy May 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Episode 2:
I can’t believe he found “Sauro” by just yelling. So Italian! HA!
The Mushroom Keepers were ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE! I wanted to put them in my pocket and keep them!;)
Can’t wait to try nepitalla (Calamint in the US)–I had to look it up and found that it’s a cross between mint and oregano. YUM!

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Theresa Devan May 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm

My favorite scene was the dinner as they all sat there together family, friends and new friends and enjoyed the yummy food and then talked about what their favorite part of the day was and of course how cute and sweet was Vitto’s Mom as she flirted with Dan, I love that part!

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Theresa Devan May 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I love them in the chicken coop was that your favorite? It was hilarious how scared Marisa was I think I would have felt the same way, something unsettling about birds flying at you! I loved the making of the pasta too and I so wanna try one of those eggs!

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Theresa Devan May 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Oh man I wish I could have tasted that Mushroom Alfredo it looked delicious and I am a huge Mushroom lover! I love them in anything especially a sauteed mushroom yummmoooo!!!! I love how sweet they three of them are together and the people they meet are amazing I wish I was on that trip. How fun to pick your own wild mushrooms! I love these webisodes!

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Sarah M. May 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Marissa’s learning to flip the pasta in the pan.

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Sarah M. May 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Rocco’s discussion about Souro’s mustache.

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Susie May 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Video 3 – Love the chicken coop, there would be know way you could get me in there!

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Sarah M. May 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

#3 – They’re communicating with each other, and they’re not happy.
– I did think the chickens were judging me a little bit.
The chicken coop scene topped the webisode for me.

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Debra May 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Hello……….day three………..my favorite scene was when the “friends” sat down to eat their lasagna meal…….so nice! so friendly! I want some too! I’ll have to go and buy some Bertolli today! LA here I come!

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Annie May 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I loved learning that cheese is considered so precious in Italy that it can be used as collateral for a bank loan, and I particularly loved Rocco’s line, “We havea no money, but we puttaup the cheese.” Made me giggle =)

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Annie May 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

For video #2 in Pistoia, my favorite parts were when the crew went mushroom hunting & they learned that they needed to knock the spores off of the mushrooms to make sure that there would be mushrooms the next year; when Rocco just stood in the middle of the piazza and yelled “Sauro!!!!” until he found Sauro; and when Rocco called the fungioli the “cutest little forest people” and said that the only thing that would have made it better is if they were miniature =)

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Annie May 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

For video #3 my favorite scene was when Dan Cortese just asked a random stranger in the square: “Who is the most famous egg man in all of Italy?” and the random stranger actually had the answer! I also loved that the egg man feeds his chickens cereal with goat milk =) California may have happy cows, but apparently Italy has happy chickens, lol =)

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Felicita Classen May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Cool giveaway!

I love the cooking scene, everything looks so natural and cute! I love the entire short film.

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Diane Eck May 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

This video today was hard for me to watch!!! I have a phobia about birds, particularly chickens!! If I had to gather my eggs I would never eat another one!!! I must say though that Pollaio was quite intriguing!! And the lasagna looked delish!

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Valery Bunnell May 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

day # 3

facebooked it!

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B Smith May 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I love Rocco expressing his love to the chickens “I love you, I love you, I swear”.

Oh, my! I would love to win this! So much fun in the world!!!

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Annie May 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Posted a link to your blog on my Facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/annieschultz76#!/annieschultz76?v=wall

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Katlyn May 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

My favorite scene is them walking “into heaven” or perhaps you recognized it more as a “cheese shop”. I would lose my mind with all of that cheese! Mmmmmm

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Colleen Henderson May 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Loved the chicken coop- our close friends had chickens and sold eggs in Las Vegas- in the summer the smells that would erupt out of the coop were enough to melt your eyelids. Watching the chickens dive bomb was priceless!

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Melissa Currin May 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

My favorite scene was how easily Marisa just stuck the cheese hammer in her hair to put it up and how Rocco was the one that suggested she do that. I bet the cheese shop just smells deliciouso!!!

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Andrea S. May 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Video #2 Favorite Scene – Marisa breaking the pasta machine! Yikes! :) I also really liked the mustache comment by Rocco.

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Melissa Currin May 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

My favorite part was watching them eat the lasagna!!! I love lasagna and I love when Rocco refered to it as “the perfect storm of pastas”…..YUMMY!!!

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Andrea S. May 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Video #3 – MY favorite scene — when they conveniently asked the dude next to them at the cafe who the Egg man was and he knew.

My guess at YOUR favorite scene….Marisa NOT being brave enough to enter the chicken coop? :)

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Natalie May 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

My favorite scene in video #3 is when they’re in the chicken coop, although I’d have to say I think Marisa had the right idea by waiting outside. It seemed overwhelming in there!

And that lasagna looked delish!

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emily May 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

ok so collecting the eggs was HILARIOUS!!! totally reminded me of an overnight camp i want to as a kid, we all had farm chores and collecting the eggs was one of the chores! I love when they finish cooking and sit down to a meal – you just want to be there with them, they are having such a great time and enjoying each other’s company and eating great food! what more could you want?!?

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Jenn May 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I never knew foraging for mushrooms was such tedious work! Loved the cute “forest people”.

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Jenn May 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Webisode 3- Loved the chicken coup scene, and I’m thinking you did, too!

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Brittany May 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The chicken coop portion of the episode was hilarious!
I usually make my own lasagna, but I might just have to give the Bertolli lasagna a try!

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gina May 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

FB Share #1 on Monday!

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gina May 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

FB Share on Wednesday!

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gina May 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

tweeted on Wednesday :)

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Erica May 5, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I loved when they were collecting eggs in the chicken coop! Too funny!
I tweeted, heartrn24 and posted on facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/BURNSBROOD6

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Jae May 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I laughed so hard when Rocco was chasing the chickens around the chicken coup telling them he loved them. That was my favorite part of today’s video.

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Samantha May 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I loved it when Vito’s mom gave the ‘eye’ hilarious!

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Samantha May 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Definitely when Rocco was trying to get the chicken! Too Funny!!

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Samantha May 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I have to agree the wild mushroom picking was awesome!

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Jenny May 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Gathering the eggs at the chicken coup was my favorite part. :)

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Patty K May 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I loved when they were harvesting the eggs and all the witty comments they made.

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Patty K May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm
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Patty K May 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm
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Jamie May 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I think today (Wednesday, May 5) was my favorite webisode so far! I think they are meeting the most interesting people! I have to say I’m with Marisa – I would have totally left the chicken coup too – no way I’d be staying in there.
Thanks again for this amazing chance!

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Katy Duncan Smith May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Dan is a hoot! Thanks!

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Katy Duncan Smith May 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Episode 2: How can you not fall in love with Sauro?! And I love the snow!!!

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Tammy May 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

The whole series is fun to watch. I think my favorite part is when Rocco adds to the pan that the mom is cooking in. I also like the flipping part. The pasta pinch is fun as well.
What fun this would be! Thanks!
~Tammy

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Nicole@Farmgirl Chaos May 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm

For video #2…is it bad to think Sauro’s mustache is the best part? I kind of reminds me of my dad’s…who I have been trying to get him to change it up. Crazy, it made me laugh.

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Nicole@Farmgirl Chaos May 5, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Video #3…gathering the eggs. Remind me of my childhood when we had chickens for a few years on the farm.

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Michelle May 6, 2010 at 6:18 am

Video #2 These are super fun videos! I just love them! I think my favorite part in vid 2 is when they are making pasta! ha! and they clog up the pasta machine! brilliant! =)

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Andrea S. May 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

I just Facebooked about it again…Still wanna win so I can send Ben! :)

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Michelle May 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

oh gosh! the egg hunting HAD to be your favorite part of video #3!!!! it was definitely mine! so funny! i wish they would post the recipes they use! yum! it would be great to get even a glimpse of those delicious italian meals!

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Layla May 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

Just tweeted! Cayleighsmomma

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Layla May 6, 2010 at 6:59 am

Video 3 was definitely grabbing the eggs!! Glad there wasn’t smellovision!

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B Smith May 6, 2010 at 8:07 am

Video four…..where to start!

Several spots I love! When the confetti was flyin’…I was loving it!

But….when he says in that sarcastic…yet serious…voice “we’re goin’ shrimpin'” I love that!!! Don’t know why…but that was classic!

—-
“Rocco…..I hope Amanda picks me…I know..I know…you are dying to meet me too. Ok, Ok. I am trying” :)

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Leanne May 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

Oh goodness! I love the scene of them on the boat catching the shrimp. We love cooking with fresh gulf shrimp here in NOLA, but that shrimp looked even more incredible! I love the idea of catching and eating shrimp.

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Leanne May 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

I also tweeted again.

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Leanne May 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

I also updated my facebook status again.

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Heather L. May 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

Video #4- I liked when the chef made Dan taste the raw seafood!

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Heather L. May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

5/6- Tweeted the giveaway

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Heather L. May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

5/6- shared the giveaway on facebook!

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Connie May 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

My favorite part of today’s scene was watching them roll out the lasagna noodles- looked delicious- I also like how Rocco salted the dish.
Looks like this will a once in a lifetime experience.
Thanks

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Connie May 6, 2010 at 9:04 am

In the last episode I too enjoyed watching Marisa flip the saute pan- I have not mastered this skill as of yet. I just wish I could have tasted the delish dish they created.

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Jennifer in Idaho May 6, 2010 at 9:17 am

I shared on Facebook today! (but I forgot yesterday!)

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Jennifer in Idaho May 6, 2010 at 9:19 am

Who knew egg hunting would be funny! I love these guys. Great videos.

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Jennifer in Idaho May 6, 2010 at 9:20 am

“We’re goin’ shrimpin'”…OMG he cracks me up!

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Mandy May 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

I love when Marisa said, “They guys were kidnapped by a man in a chicken costume and i’ve sworn to avoid that my entire life” . That gave me the giggles. The garlic shrimp w/ pancette and the whole tomato sauce looked so amazing and I can’t believe they got to cook at Principe! Amazing!

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Karie in Florida! May 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Just watched the first video and my fav part was when Rocco is talking about collateral for the bank and says: ” We have no money, but a we hava de CHEESE!” hahahaha.

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Sarah M. May 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

Marissa throwing the shrimp back. Really?

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Karie in Florida! May 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

Episode 2: My fav part was when Rocco is screaming to find Sauro and says that he is most impressed by his mustache. Funny guy!! Of course the mushroom hunting was good also.

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Karie in Florida! May 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

Updated on facebook!

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Andrea S. May 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Okay….Video #4 – My favorite scene…Dan eating the green goo. Gross. But YUM did that pasta look good! I wonder why Rocco didn’t hang out in the kitchen with the chef he was such a big fan of? Odd…

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Karie in Florida! May 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

Episode 3: Love when Marisa says …”She hasn’t revealed the secret of the knob!” and… gosh am i getting hungry watching these videos… mmmmmm lasagna!

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Cookin' Canuck May 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

It’s a toss-up between the scene in the cheese shop (that would be my heaven on earth) or watching them do “the perfect pinch” to make the farfalle.

cookincanuck at hotmail dot com

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Cookin' Canuck May 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

I got a kick out of watching Rocco holler for “Sauro” in the middle of the town square. For all the work it takes to forage for mushrooms, they should be charging about 5 times the amount!

cookincanuck at hotmail dot com

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Karie in Florida! May 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

Episode 4: Fav scene was when Marisa does the pan flip. I have NEVER been successful at doing this, too scared all my food will end up on the floor… maybe, just maybe, if i were to win, Rocco will show me the ropes!!!

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Abbie May 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

Oh! My most favorite part of video two (although they are all so FABULOUS!! I love the scenery and the markets..) is Sauro.. the Italian with the great market and wonderful mustache! Thank you for such a great opportunity! Good luck everyone!
xoxo~

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Deidre May 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

Wedensdays Webisode:
I believe your fave part would be my fave part as well — collecting the eggs!
We used to raise chickens for eggs. I used to love gathering eggs! It was fun. But now I am petrified of birds (including chickens) and will not go near them UNLESS the coop is EMPTY! hahaha

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Tammy May 6, 2010 at 11:17 am

I love the part where Rocco is cooking with the mom. I think that looks like the most fun! Thanks!

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Tammy May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

I love watching them make the pasta. It made me wish I had time to pull out my pasta maker and whip up a family meal! Thanks!~Tammy

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Tammy May 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

That mushroom picking couple is so cute. I enjoy seeing how they plate the meals.

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Katy Duncan Smith May 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

Adventure 4: One favorite? Really? I loved it all. The food looks amazing. I love the sky and snowy mountains! I haven’t been to the Med in 17 years, so I’m seriously due for another visit to Italy. I’ll settle for LA with Amanda! :)

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my life in tune May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

I loved the name the cheese game–I never would have been able to guess!

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my life in tune May 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

I loved the mushroom foraging–how cool would that be!

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my life in tune May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

I loved (in ep. 3) how they got the clue about the egg-man, and the guy at the next table knew exactly who it was! Not sure if he was planted or what, but I thought it was hilarious.

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Cookin' Canuck May 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

Love the scene in the chicken coop. It looks like all the chaos was worth it – beautiful eggs and, my, did that lasagna ever look good!

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my life in tune May 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

I loved the confetti and the beautiful papier-mache in ep. 4.

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Cookin' Canuck May 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

In episode 4, I loved when Marissa was flipping the ingredients in the pan. She was so proud!

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Debra May 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Day 4……I liked when they were on the boat……I could almost smell the water and feel the breeze! The food looked yummy! I must try every Bertolli entre………LA here I come!

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Candice S. in Colorado May 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

definitely pan flipping. I wish I could do that!!! These are so fun to watch!!

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Mindi Kroenke May 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

How fun! The best part was when the moms were in the kitchen doing their thing with their grown “children”. Once a mom, always a mom – if even if you are a famous!

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Abbie May 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Tweet! Tweet! Just sent out the fabulous-ness of this fantastic event to my twitter peeps!
xoxo~
Abbie

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Deanna May 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I love the chicken scene were Merissa wouldn’t go into the chicken coop. I also like Rocco teaching how to properly salt the lasagna.

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Nicole@FarmgirlChaos May 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

In vidoe #4, I too am impressed that Marisa is able to toss the pasta. I so want to try this now!

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Angie May 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I know this isn’t exactly about the food, but my favorite scene was when Veto’s momma was giving Dan those lovey dovey eyes! It just made me laugh so much! :)

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coleen May 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

CONFETTI! what a fun bunch… and the food? fantastic!

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Deidre May 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thursday Webisode:
When my parents lived in Gulfport, MS for a couple years, I went shrimping one day. It was so much fun!
Not that i’ve tried this exact dinner – but Garlic Shrimp with penne & cherry tomatoes sounds divine!

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Angie May 6, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Vid 2: I never used to like mushrooms as a child. However, as I got older and discovered the wonders of mushrooms (i.e. there is more than just white button mushrooms! lol) I became enraptured! I love to try new mushrooms in the recipes I create. So I’d have to say my favorite part of the video was when they got to go to the forest to find the fresh mushrooms. I think that experience would be so incredible. And then to get to use and eat them! YUM!

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kellyH May 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I just loved the beginning and seeing the beautiful Italian city! the dinner at the end was beautiful too!

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Angie May 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Vid 3: My “favorite” scene was when Marisa had to leave the chicken coop. My friends think I’m weird, but I have a similar fear of birds flying at me! lol It was great to see that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like! :)

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Angie May 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Vid 4: My favorite part was when they were out in the shrimp boat. It reminded me of when my family and I would go out to the ocean to fish when I was a kid living in Alaska. So many great memories!

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Charlene May 6, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I thought it was cute that Marisa was scared of the chickens! I probably would be, too. They were flying everywhere!

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Kylie May 6, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I liked the scene where they had to match the cheese to the animal. Like Amanda, I would have loved to try that! Yum! :)

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emily May 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm

OMG! were those the BIGGEST shrimp you’ve ever seen! I can only imagine how great fresh caught shrimp taste and Marisa is just cute as a button! I think my favorite part of this episode was Dan ate that green stuff – yuk – and later found out the chef was just messing with him! the look on his face was priceless. All the dishes in each episode look so delicious I am going to stock up on Bertolli on my next trip to the grocer!

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Abbie May 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

My most favorite part of adventure 3 was everyone working together in the kitchen and the making of the pasta.. I never realized how easy it is.. we have 5 chickens and I LOVE our fresh eggs everyday. I’ll definitely have to try making my own pasta, especially after you posted about making your own pasta.. must try!

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Allison May 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My favorite part of Webisode 1 is when Marisa gets to cook with her mother. There’s just something special about doing things with my family that I cherish and builds a stronger bond between each other. I love my family and it’s nice to see others who love their family as well!

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Arena May 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

My favorite part of the second video was when they got out of the car and Dan was talking about how he would shift the gears and hit Rocco in the knees!

I loved seeing the forest where they were hunting the wild mushrooms, too!

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Natalie May 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

My favorite part of the video #4 was the meal. The shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and pasta looked perfect in the garlic & oil. That type of dinner is so right up my alley. Mmmmmmm.

I felt so bad for Dan that he got seasick. =( I’ve had that happen to me and it’s NOT fun.

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Danielle May 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Video #4…oh shrimp, how I would love to eat you!!!!

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Arena May 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm

My favorite part of the third video was when Rocco showed Marisa how to properly throw the salt onto the pasta. I never knew there was a “correct” way to do that!

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Danielle May 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Shared on fb again today!

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Danielle May 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Webisode#3-I thought it was funny when they brought them the egg and Dan’s guess was they had to look for a chicken! The chicken coop part was funny too…I was waiting for one of them to get pooped on! I also learned a new little trick about salt…too bad I don’t make my own pasta…I’ll let Bertolli do it for me!

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Danielle May 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Webisode#2-Not a big mushroom fan, but if they are prepared the right way with something else I may eat them. I love when they were picking the mushrooms, I want to go hang out with all of them!

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Arena May 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm

My favorite part of the fourth video was when they were pulling the shrimp from the net and Marisa squealed when she touched one. I would react like that, too!

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Wendi May 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

My favorite part is definitely Rocco! :) He is so easy on the eyes. :)

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Arena May 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm
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Arena May 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Tweeted about the giveaway, too!

@thenerdswife

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Wendi May 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

My favorite part is Rocco. (yum) I also like when they rode their bikes through the streets. It’s so beautiful!!

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Allison May 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Favorite part for webisode 2 is when one of the guys says the mushrooms are popping up like magic! I kept thinking of magic ‘shrooms! *A little giggle to myself* Yes. I’m a total dork!

And Marisa is just gorgeous! She’s always been gorgeous and ages SO WELL! I need to know her secret! How can I look as good as her?

I also liked how those mountain people were keeping the tradition of mushrooms alive, just like Marisa said. Again it ties with keeping true to your roots and to your family.

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Mandy May 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Facebooked again! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gourmet-Mom-on-the-Go/127739886508?ref=ts
Can’t wait until tomorrow to hear who’s going!

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Mandy May 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm
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Allison May 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm

HAHA! I love how they get the name of the person who knows most about eggs and Dan says, “When you hear that name you think EGG GUY”. Hilarious! And the egg hoarder! Classic!

But I couldn’t figure what could be your fave and most shocking moment…it must’ve been during the moment the kids pulled me away from the computer to show me something!

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Allison May 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Whoops, that last one was for the third webisode! I’m sure you figured that by now.

Anyways, here’s what I thought of the fourth!

First off, is there any way I can shrink the three of them and carry them with me in my pocket? They look like so much fun to be around and know so much about good food!

My most favorite part was when they were catching the shrimp! That looks like fun (but I can too imagine myself getting sea sick)!

Also I was highly disgusted when they gutted the shrimp and the green stuff was there! What the heck is that?!

What fun webisodes! I’m glad I watched them!

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Jessie May 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm

My favorite part was the carnival! The floats are awesome!

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

My favorite scene from webisode 4 was pretty much any one involving Dan :’) I finally realized where I know him from–one of my favorite TV shows (What I Like About You)–and he just seemed all the funnier. Talking about the confetti being everywhere, the sea sickness (poor bb) and when he gets punked with the shrimp!!

But, kindadrunk!Rocco was pretty darn cute too ;)

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Jessie May 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I’ve always wanted to raise my own chickens, not that many though, maybe 2 or 3. Fresh eggs are the best!

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

D: I didn’t realize I was supposed to comment for each tweet :( Darnit, should have read closer!! Anyway, my twitter name is ilyauraamour and I first tweeted 5/3!

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

And tweeted on 5/4! (@ilyauraamour)

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

…and on 5/6!! (@ilyauraamour)

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Jessie May 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

My family used to pick wild mushrooms, these huge mushrooms the size of softballs. My grandma would cook them for us, everyone loved them, it was such a treat!

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Erica May 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm

My favorite part was when the were on a boat out in the Mediterranean sea! It was so beautiful! The pasta looked amazing also!

I facebooked http://www.facebook.com/BURNSBROOD6 and tweeted heartrn24

Thanks for this opportunity! I think whoever wins this is going to have an amazing time! I just hope it’s me! Good luck everyone!

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April S. May 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I liked the cheese shop. What a selection!! (and the game looked fun,too)

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Lori May 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Oh my. Marisa was so cute making the pasta in the second video! She is so adorable!

I have never had wild mushrooms! Wow! What an experience they had!

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April S. May 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

In episode 2 I liked Sauro? and his moustache and how he talked all the time! I’m not a big mushroom fan but their dish looked pretty good.

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Lori May 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Loved watching Dan and Rocco in the chicken coop! Hilarious! I would have been outside with Marisa!

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April S. May 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

On episode 3 I think youe favorite scene had to be the chicken coop and all the wild chickens! I personally would be with Marisa – outside!

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Lori May 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oh yay Marisa! She looked like a pro in the kitchen! I loved the look on her face! Too cute!

She is way more skilled in the kitchen than I am! LOL

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Valery Bunnell May 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

day 4
Yum! That pasta looked incredible! So proud of Marisa! She is so cute!

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April S. May 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

In episode 4 the carnivale was great! What fun and good food!

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

and I tweeted today :) (@ilyauraamour)

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I also facebooked 5/3! (facebook.com/natalie.garrett)

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Facebooked 5/2! (facebook.com/natalie.garrett)

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

D’OH! That was supposed to be a 5! Serves me right for typing on my numpad instead of on the row of number keys! Anyway, I also Facebook’d on 5/4!

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Nataleigh G May 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm

And last but not least, I facebooked today, bringing the total to four facebook mentions, four tweet mentions, and four comments here! *crossing fingers*!!!

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Diana Ferguson May 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Marisa is great with the pan!

I love that dish. “Italy is served.”

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Jane Suter May 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Fave scene was the flipping!
PICK ME!! PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!

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Brittany May 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Episode 4: The scenery was absolutely beautiful in this little episode! I love that she’s learned to flip the food in the pan… I need to learn to do that! (I’m imagining a big mess to clean up!)

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Valery Bunnell May 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm

day 4
I shared on facebook

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Patty K May 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I loved the “I have confetti up my nose” comment. Seeing how fresh shrimps are caught and cleaned was enlightening.

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Patty K May 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Status updated on facebook for Keven & Amanda

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pkraikittikun

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Patty K May 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Status updated on facebook for Bertolli

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pkraikittikun

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Colleen Henderson May 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

My mouth is still watering from watching them serve and eat the dish!! It looked incredible. I think the dish in this episode is by far my favorite. And of course, every episode makes me wish I were on the Mediterranean!

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Colleen Henderson May 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

shared on facebook

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Niki C May 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Video 4: Do I have to pick a favorite?
I wanted to dive into my computer and eat that final dish. It looked, by a mile, like my favorite meal of the four. I also LOVED Dan preparing/eating the raw shrimp. I had to laugh out loud yet applaud him, I don’t think that I could have taken off their poor heads. But OH do I love to eat them! YUM!

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Niki C May 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Another Facebook mention! Just a Few Hours Left!
@gregandniki Chazen

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Donna May 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

My favorite part of the fourth video was the beautiful scenery in the beginning. I have never been to Italy but enjoyed seeing the scenery in all of the videos.

Thanks for the opportunity,
Donna

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Angie May 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I think my favorite part of the 2nd episode was when they are trying to find the guy and Rocco just starts yelling for him. I love Rocco! He makes me smile!

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Sadie May 7, 2010 at 1:29 am

Ok, the Wednesday video- CHICKENS!! We had chickens when I was little, and they scared the bejeezus out of me. I’m not sure I could have gone in the coop, either!

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Sadie May 7, 2010 at 1:44 am

Last video! I really liked the scenery in this one too. Makes me want to go on vacation! The food looked so delicious, I think my favorite part was when they were cooking and everyone looked like they were having so much fun.

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Susan May 7, 2010 at 6:28 am

Carnivale is my favorite scene in episode 4!

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