Posts Tagged "wine"

An oasis of old-world charm

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 0 comments

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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Food for all

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 | 0 comments

I took the $5 challenge. I didn’t do it on purpose, and I didn’t tell my guests that I’d done it. It just happened while I wasn’t paying attention–and it made me realize that it needs to happen more often. Slow Food USA launched this campaign as a way to show folks how easy it is to feed others a nutritious meal, based on real foods, at around the cost of a fast-food “value” meal. A lot of folks said it couldn’t be done–but this year on September 17th, 30,000 people learned otherwise. And that doesn’t even count the five folks who...

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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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Tuscany tour

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 | 0 comments

  We will be traveling to Tuscany from November 12th to 20th with a group of 6-7 dedicated food and wine lovers to tour vineyards and explore artisanal local foods. The tour will begin and end in Florence and travel south to Montepulciano and Montalcino, which have produced some of Italy’s greatest wines for eight centuries. We will spend several days exploring Siena and the Chianti district and will visit to the stunning medieval sites of Monte San Savino and Monte Oliveto Maggiore. This trip is for serious food lovers, including first-time visitors and those those who already know...

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Mulled wine (vino cotto)

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Serves 1-6 1 bottle dry red wine Peels of 1 orange and 1 lemon 1 stick cinnamon (2-3 inches) 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg 6 whole cloves 1/4 cup sugar Slowly heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer for ten minutes. Carefully strain out the spices and serve the wine hot. In ancient Greece and Etruria, wine was regularly served sweetened and heavily spiced. Today, you can still see some element of this tradition in Greece’s retsina wines. Many other wine-drinking cultures have continued to spice up their wines in wintertime, when mulled wines like this...

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Yogurt: it’s what’s for dinner

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 | 0 comments

I don’t often write about nutrition, because I’m a big believer that anything tasty and authentic can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. I do get a lot of questions about what people should eat to be healthy or lose weight, though–and I finally have some easy answers to give. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the diets of 120,000 Americans over a decade or more. Instead of “eat less and exercise more,” which has been the no-nonsense answer given by nutritionists for years, the study suggests a more complex way of...

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