Posts Tagged "drink"

An oasis of old-world charm

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 0 comments

An oasis of old-world charm

Marcos and I decided to take a weekend trip to the beautiful lake district of Lago di Garda to purify our skin in the at the nearby Colà Lazise hot springs, buy some famous Lago di Garda olive oil, and relax by the beautiful lake. For accommodations, a friend of ours from the region suggested Agriturismo Sangallo in Bedizzole, within a fifteen-minute drive from the bustling little cities of Salò and Desenzano. As we turned onto the street leading to the agriturismo, we thought we must have copied the wrong address. The street was sandwiched between two industrial buildings, quite different...

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I Sognatori

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | 0 comments

I Sognatori

After sampling a variety of delicious Barbera wines at Alba’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, Marcos and I decided it was about time to find some good food to soak up all of the hearty red wine. We asked the wine vendor if she knew of a good place that served traditional fare, to which she immediately replied with enthusiasm, “I Sognatori (The Dreamers), right over there!” We walked about a block to find an unassuming pink corner restaurant with grapevines twirling around the awning. The interior decor was filled with old, slightly dusty wooden furniture and gentle natural lighting. We...

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In vino veritas

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

In vino veritas

This time of year, the air becomes sweet and sticky in the countryside of the Chianti district, the part of Tuscany fortunately situated between Florence and Siena. The grapes, already fermenting on the vines, make their presence felt with every intake of breath. These same little fruits, plucked and squeezed, will ferment and mature in wood and then glass until that magical moment when it is decanted, then swirled, sniffed, and sipped. Tuscany has been producing wine since it was Etruria, home to the ancient Etruscans. They almost certainly picked up their knowledge and love of wine from the...

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Milk 101

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Milk 101

Am I the only one, or does anyone else find the task of choosing your milk from the infinite number of products out there these days–all boasting different qualities and health benefits–to be a daunting task? Sometimes I would catch myself standing in front of the dairy case motionless, for minutes at a time, contemplating whether or not it is more environmentally correct to buy the organic milk from California or the local generic milk, whether is healthier to buy the skim or the whole milk. Do I want my milk fortified with vitamins and fiber? What product is actually the most...

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Almond milk

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Almond milk

Makes 6 cups of almond milk 2 cups raw almonds with skins on 10 cups boiling water 6 cups water Put the almonds in a large bowl and pour the boiling water overtop. Leave the almonds in the hot water for about one minute, then drain. Rub off the almond skins with a wash cloth and then and discard the skins. Rinse the almonds and then place them in a glass jar. Add the 6 cups water, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day place the the almonds in a blender with the water. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a damp cheesecloth and place the strainer over a measuring cup (it is much easier to...

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Got almond milk?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 | 0 comments

Got almond milk?

As a college student in California, I had regular access to delicious, non-homogenized raw milk from Claravale Farm. But raw milk is controversial (check out the pros and cons for yourself), and in many states, it is illegal to sell non-pasteurized milk. My home state of Maryland is one of them. As a believer in real, unadulterated food, it was distressing to face this reality when I returned home to Baltimore. Not only was there no raw milk, but I couldn’t even find cream-top, non-homogenized pasteurized milk, which is legal in all 50 states. Rather than settle for processed milk, I...

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