Posts Tagged "Piedmont"

La Quercia Rossa

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Coming from the east coast of the U.S., where it is uncommon to find whole, unprocessed hazelnuts at the grocery store, the prospect of visiting a working hazelnut orchard in Piedmont–home of the chocolate hazelnut spread made famous by Nutella–was too exciting of an opportunity to pass up. Some regard the Piedmontese hazelnut as the most delicious and most viable variety for culinary use, as its pliable consistency lends itself well to cakes, creams, and chocolates. La Quercia Rossa is a third-generation family farm turned agriturismo that uses their own crop to produce a variety...

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I Sognatori

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 | 0 comments

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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The elusive truffle

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 | 0 comments

With a pungent earthy and garlicky flavor and aroma, the white truffle, also known as the alba madonna, is so celebrated in haute cuisine kitchens worldwide that chefs are willing to shell out as much as $10,000 dollars per pound–making it the second most expensive food in the world, only surpassed by edible gold leaf. While attempts to cultivate French black truffles have been successful (although difficult), efforts to cultivate Italian white truffles–which are found primarily in the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy–have failed, making them truly unique to the soil of this...

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Cheese lovers of the world, unite!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Last weekend I attended the Slow Food movement’s biannual Cheese! festival–which for three days unites dairy devotees, be they farmers, cheese makers, distributers, or passionate consumers–from around the world. The festival takes place every two years in the picturesque town of Bra, hometown of the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, situated in the hills of the Northern Italian region of Piedmont, about an hour’s drive from Turin. The festival abounds with hundreds of stalls worked by passionate and animated vendors, ready to give tastes and detailed explanations of...

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