Food & Wine

A Linguistic Tour Around the Kitchen

May 2017 |
In English, we use adjectives like small and big to modify the size of a word. For example, to downsize the word spoon, we say small spoon. On the other hand, in Italian, we express the concept of smallness or largeness by dropping the last vowel...

Enjoy a True Home-Cooked Meal in Italy

May 2017 |
Why is Italy such a favorite destination of world travelers? The food. The art. Wine country. The food. The Amalfi Coast. The food. The language. The rich culture. Did I mention the food? All travel itineraries to Italy certainly include stops at...

Ghirardelli - How Sweet it is!

March 2017 |
In 1817, Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli was born in Rapallo, Italy. This area, near Portofino in the Liguria region of northern Italy, is a favorite winter locale for affluent Italians of the north. It’s home to about 30,000 people...

Tiramisù: the Best Italian Dessert!

January 2017 |
Tiramisu is certainly one of the best cakes representing Italy to the world. It is a dessert, al cucchiaio, with Savoiardi biscuits, originating in the Savoia, dunked in coffee and covered with a cream made with mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar....

Perugia’s San Costanzo - and a Sweet Wink

January 2017 |
Perugia is not just proud of its chocolate, Etruscan artifacts and the Umbria Jazz festival. This provincial capital of Umbria also boasts not just one but three patron saints! Legend tells us that one of them, San Costanzo, first bishop, was...

Carciofo

January 2017 |
Tis the season when the price of artichokes is more reasonable. John Anselmo of Farmer Jones Indoor Market in Maple Heights estimates artichokes may be priced as high as $50 per case when out of season. December/January (in season months) one can...

Sulmona’s Confetti

September 2016 |
An Italian delight that I love to eat in my occasional bouts of melancholy is definitely confetti; known in the U.S. as Jordan almonds or, in particular, Sulmona’s confetti. The town of Sulmona is located in the province of L’Aquila,...

Espresso on Wheels

July 2016 |
Today’s culture spotlights the food industry. Celebrity chefs, TV reality food competitions, local “foodie” restaurants, and “farm to table” eateries dominate the market drawing regular consumers to become fanatics...

Watermelons

July 2016 |
Watermelons are synonymous with summer and picnics. Made up of about 92% water, watermelons are actually full of health benefits. The refreshing fruit is soaked with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And, it is low in calories! A member of the...
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