Jammin …. figues, homemade!

It is perfect to taste on a slice of bread and butter, it can stuff all your cakes or give flavor to a cheese plate: in any case, fig jam is a real treat.  Prepare it Yourself  Whether made with black or green ones, fig jam is a delight to be enjoyed throughout the winter. […]

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Wine Labels

Little attention is dedicated to the artistic side of the wine label. Yet the labels are designed with care, research, and talent by many artists whose name is nowhere to be seen. There are many remarkable labels, both, for the Italian production, and international. Italian wines, particularly those most renowned, tend to maintain traditional labeling […]

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Wines of Basilicata

While in Matera during lunch a wine in particular stood up for me: Aglianico del Vulture. A very good red, sometimes called the ”Barolo” of the South, that can also reach a good price. IDENTIKIT OF THE AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE The slopes of Monte Vulture, an extinct volcano north of Basilicata, represent the ideal habitat […]

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A Walking Tour in Vicenza

A TALE OF TWO VILLAS Vicenza has one of the most famous villas by Andrea Palladio; “Villa Almerico Capra also called La Rotonda.” Nearby there is another celebrated Villa; “Villa Valmarana ai Nani.” By car, it is rather complicated to get to see them closely. Walking instead, can be quite an enjoyable experience and not […]

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Caffè Corretto! (Corrected😄)

I like my Caffé short, no sugar, no milk, and simple. Caffé corretto was not my thing. However, just recently, while traveling thru the Marche Region, I let myself be tempted in trying “caffè corretto” with this [pictured] anise liqueur “Varnelli,” which, I was told is a specialty of the area. To my surprise it […]

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Malga Eats

Where to eat when hiking in the Dolomites It is easy to find good, yet simple, food while hiking in the Dolomites. in fact there are plenty of ”Rifugi Alpini”1/, Malghe”2/, and ”Casere” 3/, along the trails and/or high up in the most remote spots. Food is simple, usually, cheese, cold cuts such as speck, […]

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Sea Bass in a Salty Crust

Sea Bass or European Bass, Is both fished and raised commercially, and is considered to be the most important fish currently cultured in the Mediterranean. In Ireland and the United Kingdom, the popular restaurant fish sold and consumed as sea bass is exclusively the European bass. But in North America, it is widely known by […]

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