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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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Bagolino

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

Bagolino

While eating my way through the slow food Cheese Festival in Bra, I fell in love with Bagoss cheese. At the time, I didn’t know where it came from or how it was made, but I knew I wanted more. There were at least four different samples of the cheese at different levels of maturity. The youngest version of the cheese that had been aged for one year was sweet and supple with a fresh lightly floral aroma, while the oldest cheese, aged for two years, was intensely salty and crumbly, similar to aged Parmigiano Reggiano. When I got back to Parma I searched all of my favorite cheese shops for...

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La Quercia Rossa

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

La Quercia Rossa

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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Down on the farm, Italian style

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 0 comments

Down on the farm, Italian style

Italy excels at agriturismi, which at their best offer travelers an opportunity to vacation on a working family farm, potentially participate in farm activities, and enjoy and sometimes help prepare traditional and wholesome farm-to-fork recipes honored by the host family for generations. Agriturismi are scattered throughout the Italian countryside and can offer travelers a wonderful break from the jam-packed chaotic urban tours of Florence, Venice, and Rome. Farm accommodations are always comfortable and sanitary, as there are strict standards for a farm to obtain permission to host...

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Is Michelin’s star falling?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Is Michelin’s star falling?

Michelin’s move from Paris’ chic 7th Arrondissement to the decaying suburbs is worrying enough. The Michelin guide has also been floundering for an editorial director for seven months and resorted to hiring a management consulting firm to help them survive another century. But Accenture’s assessment was not good–the venerable red book will lose 70 million Euros by 2015 unless the company changes their ways. The Michelin tire company became a French cultural institution when it started reviewing restaurants back in 1900 and publishing their starred rankings in a little...

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