aceto balsamico!


after our morning seeing how parmesan cheese is made in parma, we went to a family owned vineyard nearby to learn about traditional balsamic vinegar of reggio emilia.  i had no idea balsamic vinegar is rotated in barrels by hand for up to 30 years and that the flavor comes from the different types of wood barrels.

we tried 10 year, 20 year and 30 year balsamic vinegars, and the 3 flavors and concentration were all so different. it was better than any balsamic vinegar i had ever tasted! i wanted to buy a lifetime supply and ship it back to the US, but those teeny tiny bottles are so expensive, we didn’t buy any. in another life, maybe.






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  1. love your pictures…..makes me travel without living my home….Italy is a place I really enjoyed…..and could you just tell me where that beautiful scarf comes from?????love from France!!!

  2. Etheline

    These last two post of your’s are completely on our “Italy trip” someday. My husband is the. Ingest balsamic fan/foodie. Love theses updates. It looks like your family had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing:)

  3. I love that you guys thought outside the traditional tourist box for your adventures! I never would have put cheese and balsamic vinegar factories on my list, but you’ve persuaded me :).

  4. Laurie

    I have been loving looking through all of your pictures from your trip to Italy! They bring back such good memories of when my husband and I traveled to Italy in 2008. I can’t wait to go back one day!

  5. You guys fit perfectly into Europe! I love love love these posts!

  6. isabel

    we did those kind of tours with my parents, as i live in europe we often went to italy in the summer. it is so beautiful there and i love the italian food en scenary so much. i am thankful that my parents were able to get me to learn all those things! i am sure E and S will be thankful to!

    love from brussels,

  7. Beautiful! You’re making me want to travel with all of these posts! I also can’t stop thinking about how you all just packed backpacks of clothes and yet still look adorable and different every day!

  8. Lejla

    Love trips where you can actually learn something! Great shots.

  9. Nora

    Do you mind telling us where those adorable boots are from? I love them!

    • TAZA

      thank you! they are from frye boots.

  10. Mmmm… makes me want to enjoy some warm gooey bread! Need to give my mom a call, she of course makes the best homemade! Merry Christmas you guys. Have to check back in once I return from visiting my sweet family :) Much love Taza!!

  11. Jenny R.

    Hi Naomi. I have been reading your blog for the past few years and am regularly inspired by your positive sweet reflections on mothering and marriage. Though I often think about leaving a comment, this is my first time.

    I read your blog during my morning commute (I am the passenger) on my Windows Mobile Phone. The new layout with the size and position of the sponsors has made it quite challenging to view on my smart phone. I wanted to pass along the feedback as I would hate to see it deter readers who stop by while on the go, like me.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. It may sound strange but my husband and I often ask “Did you see the adorable pic of Baby E today?” :-)

  12. Alisha

    You’re last few posts are making me hungry! I love your scarf– it’s so versatile!

  13. Katie

    If I bought some I’d probably hoard it and never use it anyways. Guilty.

  14. Kate

    Love all of your photos from your Italian adventure! I spent a semester abroad studying in Florence and the pictures take me right back to that special time!!

    Thank you for sharing your family’s adventures throughout the beautiful country of Italy!!

  15. That looks like so much fun!! And great pictures!! Also, i absolutely LOVE the new blog layout. It’s so clean! I love the buttons and you may also like option at the bottom of each post and how the menu travels as you scroll down. Cheers to you and your partners for such a great remodel!! Tessa Lynn

  16. This looks like an amazing time indeed. I have always wanted to travel to distant lands and not just soak up the culture but taste it as well!

    P.S. I love the new blog layout, it’s lovely!

  17. J

    Looks like you had a great time. I realise I am very lucky that my parents live just a few hours from the Italian border and so many other places. I hope you get to make it back to Europe again some day.

  18. I would want to take some home too. But, knowing me, I’d pay 100 euro for a bottle and then break it in transit.

  19. Alle

    eheh….I’m from Reggio Emilia and I love balsamic vinegar! Yes, sometimes it is so expensive….but try it with strowberries…gnam! Next time I want to meet you here!!!!! Love, Alle xx

  20. Lindsay

    How interesting! I loved your cheese post also. Your new site looks fantastic. I’m excited to see what’s in your shop!

  21. You are so lucky to have two little ones born for touring :) They seem so happy and E with her innovative personal way of enjoying a tour is awesome. Your scarf looks so festive. Yet again I can’t help myself but wonder “How did they make it with 2 backpacks????”

  22. Lauren

    Love your blog! I was wondering where that pink shirt is from? Thanks!

  23. Kristina

    I loved browsing trough your archives on Rockstar diaries! Now i don’t! I miss your labels! And each site is very short by 4 (?) posts. :-(

  24. liz

    So, my husband and I recently were introduced to true balsamic vinegars. And you are absolutely right, I had never tasted anything like it. If only those few ounces weren’t so so expensive!

  25. sara

    samson’s green hat kills me…too cute!

  26. bridget

    naomi, you look darling in that first photograph. i sort of want to rip your scarf off & keep it for myself. and i’m not even a scarf person!

  27. Fariha

    Hey Naomi! Love the pink peplum top. Please share where you got it from.

    • TAZA

      thank you! it’s from reiss.

  28. i am so loving your scarf. amazeballs. thanks for sharing such beautiful pics of Italy… the new layout deserves a shout out too!
    well done.

  29. Melissa

    Beautiful pics, I love Balsamic Vinegar! How fun! I too would be tempted to ship a cart or two home.

  30. Anne

    I love your blog and your lil family! Can you tell me what baby carrier, your hubby is wearing?

  31. Alexandra

    Lovely!!! How much I love Italy, that is why I majored in italian language and french in college. By the way, your new webpage it’s cute! Thank you for inspiring me! God bless!

  32. Emily

    I just wanted to say that I follow you on Instagram and I see some of the rude and unnecessary comments that people leave.. Especially about your children, and you handle it with such grace!! God knows how I would react if people were criticizing my parenting and my kids! I think you are very brave to let us all into your lives and I really enjoy getting to see the little pieces that you share with us! I think you have a gorgeous family and nobody knows what’s best for your kids better than you! Thanks for continuing to share with us and have a Merry Christmas!!

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  37. mizzi

    please tell me where you found your hat :)

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  40. Sheree H

    Awesome memories!


  41. Amanda

    I love your blog! Can you please tell me the exact vineyard you visited here as well as where the parmesan cheese factory is located? My husband and I plan to visit Italy this summer. Thanks!