May 31, 2012

It's that time of year again...

Aglio Olio e Peperoncino is back.

It's like a tradition, it's become a yearly custom.
Come the end of May the domain name "" expires without forewarning and I have to spend a ridiculous number of hours on the phone with evanescent Google representatives, and aggravated hosting company technicians, trying to reactivate it.

~ the dreaded screenshot - year 2 ~
This blog holds over 3 years of my life, along with several thousand photos of my city, my child, my kitchen; laced with successful recipes and epic intervals between posts; personal accounts relating to my culinary triumphs and romantic failures; it contains the loving and warm comments left by unknown followers and old friends, even friends who are no longer with us. I hold the contents of this blog very dear.

I don't know what will happen this time next year. You may find yourself here again, reading my post-reactivation rant. To avoid that, and break the annual tradition, I could switch to a new web hosting and publishing platform. Who knows, I may even change the damn domain name. I promise to warn you, whatever my decision will be.

One thing is sure, I won't ever take this site down. I care about this blog and its readers.

I hope you do too.

Buona notte,


  1. Eleonaro, Glad to see that your back. Mike

  2. Mike~
    Thanks Mike! It feels good to be visible again :)

  3. So, Ele, I've set my iPhone calendar for a yearly reminder on May 25. I'll give you a fair warning that the expiry time is getting close.......I don't want to lose you - ever!

  4. Happy to see you again and we'll follow you where ever you go. I wish I was following you around Rome though!

  5. Oh, drats, Eleonora!

    I am utterly delighted that you managed to wrestle another year out of the claws of Google (first time I hear that one can actually talk to them)! What a scary bummer, though.

    Now I wonder what will happen with mine. I gave them my credit card number. Hopefully that will do the trick.


  6. How frustrating! Who is your host?? I'm glad you're back, I love your blog, though I don't frequently comment... (I have a theory that 'older' people are less likely to comment than younger, what do you think?)

  7. Roseann~
    You're too sweet! If it weren't for you I never would have noticed that the site was down. Grazie!!

    Thanks for your sweet comment <3
    You know, you can follow my (sporadic) Rome photo blog posts HERE

    If you opted for an automatic renewal, keep a close watch on the situation, because that's what happened to me LAST year, the payment goes thru automatically on your end, but then Google sometimes "forgets" to settle the payment/deal with the hosting service... And by the way, all I got in terms of phone "assistance" was that they don't offer LIVE ASSISTANCE, only online... Grrrr

    Thanks you so much for taking the time to leave your sweet words here! I think there should be no age limit to communicating, even if via blog comment! :))) I'm a terrible commenter, but I love when I get them <3

  8. I can only imagine how I would feel if my blog suddenly disappeared into cyberspace… Gulp! Sorry to hear about this, but all's well the that ends well.

  9. Elvy S. from Miami, FLJun 22, 2012, 10:01:00 PM

    thank you so much for your blog, it's really different from others out there (in a good way) I hope you will never stop writing about food and Rome. I am from Rome, now living in the USA and thanks to you I can feel a bit closer to home.
    Grazie davvero mi fai sentire ancora a casa.


  10. By all means continue at this address! Your blog is like an oasis in the deserts of the web.