Oprah Checks Another Thing Off Her Bucket List: Truffle Hunting in Italy

10/16/2014 at 12:41 PM ET

Oprah Truffles
Courtesy Gayle King

When you’re as crazy about truffles as Oprah Winfrey is, you’ll go to the ends of the earth to seek them out. In her case, the earth was in Umbria, Italy.

On Wednesday, the talk-show vet posted photos on Instagram of her getting ready to forage through the Italian countryside with her BFF Gayle King, King’s daughter Kirby Bumpus, other like-minded truffle connoisseurs and several truffle-scavenging dogs.

“Let the hunt begin! Truffle hunting in Umbria. #Bucketlist,” she exclaimed in one post.

Let the hunt begin! Truffle hunting in Umbria. # Bucketlist

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In another post, Winfrey explained that white truffles are “like gold to the hunters,” and gave a shout out to one of the furry foragers, “This dog “Nick” is a star! #UmbriaBucketList”

King has also been documenting the truffle trek via Instagram, but she seems to be most excited about the post-hunt dishes. One of her photos of Winfrey is captioned, “@oprah scores first she already has the perfect pasta dish planned”

In August, Winfrey admitted her fungus obsession is over the top. “I’m a truffle freak,” she told PEOPLE. “I walk around with truffle salt. That’s on my rider for the hotels [she stays in] — truffle salt, truffle oil. I want to go to Alba [in Italy] and do the truffle hunt with the pigs.”

Looks like Winfrey had to modify her dream, though, and settle for canines. “They used to use pigs,” she explained to an Instagram commenter. “But pigs liked to eat the truffle. Dogs are easier to manage.”

And she apparently doesn’t like sharing!

—Nancy Mattia

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A PIG WAS along for the ride

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joe on

wow Oprah looks so hot .I will save that photo love her

joe on

the picture of her in blue jeans at top looks perfect. Like it better than the 140 lb oprah

tina on

She’s worked hard, she’s having fun and enjoying life. Good for her! 🙂

Lauren E. on

Who cares what this billionaire does to make herself happy. We have bigger problems in this country – i.e. Ebola. Next.

dan on

I love Oprah; she just did not go to Italy to hunt truffle, she is a business woman and a good one; next year we’ll see these as an Oprah brand in all mayor superstores around the country. Live, Listen and Learn.

Ozella Gaskamp on

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