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Where to eat and drink in Turin

Where to eat and drink in Turin

August 05, 2009

[Updated October 2015] I have a good friend from Turin who is smart, gorgeous, athletic (a Ph.D in chemistry and a SCUBA instructor), and knows the best places to go out. So on my request, she and another friend put…

The Fragolino Controversy

The Fragolino Controversy

June 18, 2009

 I remember when I was first introduced to Fragolino. It was in Milan in 2002, at an Irish bar near our apartment. My husband and I ordered a bottle of the house-made Fragolino wine on a friend’s recommendation, and it was…

Make Time for the Locals

Make Time for the Locals

May 21, 2009

One of the best ways to get to know Italy is to get to know Italians, so if your waiter or barista or hotelier strikes up a conversation, I highly recommend making time for them. They are most likely not…

The Italian Cheese Cart

The Italian Cheese Cart

May 01, 2009

It's easy to go to Italy and completely miss experiencing The Cheese Cart: traveling on a budget often means pizza for dinner; and at a ristorante, after the bread basket, antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce, when the waiter rolls around with…

Farinata

Farinata

January 06, 2009

Farinata could be described a sort of dense savory pancake; or maybe as a thin chick pea pizza crust; or maybe as a heavy, thick tortilla.  In any case it's a batter of chick pea flour with water and olive oil,…

Eataly, Turin

Eataly, Turin

November 25, 2008

Eataly, as the name suggests, is about eating in Italy. So I'm dedicating an entire post to it. Eataly was built during the major overhaul done in Turin to prepare for the 2006 winter Olympic Games, and is basically a gourmet grocery store offering all…

Aperitivo in Italy

Aperitivo in Italy

September 18, 2008

Aperitivo in Italy is a thing. The word aperitivo means a pre-dinner drink, which Italians have been doing for years, but in the past decade or so the term has broadened to mean a drink that comes with a pretty…

Wines of the Veneto

Wines of the Veneto

August 05, 2008

Everyone knows that in Italy, the Chianti region of Tuscany is wine country. But some of my favorite wines of all time are from the Veneto, and I'd recommend the three wines below to anybody. In the order I'd drink…

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