Category Gastronomic Travel

In Search of Lost Cake

The van careened into the parking lot, screeching to a halt in front of us and the handful of other bleary-eyed travelers, shivering in the pre-dawn cold of the Sicilian spring morning. As we slowly came to the realization that this mini-bus was the low-capacity stand-in for a 2am train that would never fill its […]

The Soul of a Restaurant, Part I

Two and a half years ago, I talked my parents into a dinner. They were coming to visit me in Italy, we were going to spend a few days in Bologna, and so, I figured, we should probably take a short train ride down to Modena and dine at Osteria Francescana. I’m no star chaser, […]

Calabria: Stage of the Absurd, Part 2

For part 1, featuring hazelnut themed marriage auctions and beekeepers, click here. Day three took us from an interior peak of Calabria down to the eastern coast and a toe-dip in the Ionian sea near Soverato, back inland toward a farm visit (featuring a quotable hanger-on who most certainly deserves her own post) and the […]

Calabria: Stage of the Absurd, Part 1

The fourth study trip (or stage) of our year at UNISG took us down south to Calabria. This trip was particularly noteworthy for being our first experience with small group trips. Instead of herding 28 of us around cheese factories and farms, we were broken up into three groups of 9-10, with each group visiting a […]

The Terroir of Pizza

I love the concept of terroir. I’m not entirely sure that I grasp it in full, but I love it as far as I understand it – essentially, that it is not just a food or drink, and the chemical makeup of that food or drink that create taste and experience, but the geography, the […]

Sicilia, You’re Breakin’ My Heart (sorry, couldn’t help myself)

About eight months ago I went to Sicily. It had been on my list for awhile, and eventually became the first of the two S-named Italian Islands that I would visit this year (full disclosure: there are only two in total). Sicily intrigued me for many reasons – tell of its beauty had spread far […]

Turkish Delight

Thirty hours, four meals, 3 world renowned historical sites, and a rooftop with a view of the Bosphorous.  Our Masters class headed to Istanbul for stage a few weeks ago, but I beat them there by a day and a half for an epically indulgent whirling Turkish adventure.  Things started a bit rocky, but we […]

A Little Deep-Fried Nugget of Heaven: A Morning at Cicciolo d’Oro

I covered the highlights of Emilia in my last post, but for those of you keeping close watch, you may have noticed an important omission – our morning at Cicciolo d’Oro.  This was by design, as there is no way this wonderful place could share space with even the most enlightening, interesting, delicious, and fascinating […]

Hotel Buffets, and a Lotta Falafel – Some Thoughts on Food and Travel in Israel

Any time a friend returns from a trip, the first thing I ask them is what they ate.  This is for several reasons – one, to get tips if I ever go to the destination from which they just returned, two, to find out if they heeded any suggestions I may have given them, and […]