Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

25 Best Food Experiences in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

The best food in Italy is in Emilia-Romagna. Period. Long known as the home of parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and traditional aged balsamic vinegar, even Italians from other regions will grudgingly admit that yes, Emilia-Romagna is home to Italy’s best food. Emilia-Romagna, a northern region consisting of the western inland region of Emilia and the eastern seaside [...]

Life on an Agriturismo in Southern Tuscany

It’s been a day and a half since I left Tuscany and returned to London.  Since then, I’ve been deeply missing the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the warmth and friendship that radiated from our agriturismo, and more than anything, the glorious food and wine that defined this trip, from beginning to end. This trip [...]

Winter French Dishes That Will Stick to Your Ribs

In some countries, the best season for eating is the heart of summer, when tomatoes and zucchini pop up in abundance.  For other countries, it’s fall — the time of harvest and the time when all the best new wines come out. For France, however, I think that the best food season is the winter. [...]

The 12 Best Things I Ate in 2012

If you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time, you know that I tend to go a bit crazy when food is around.  I adore food and eating my way through new places is one of my absolute favorite parts of traveling. I ate SO well this year — but what were the [...]

I Ate Everything in Costa Brava

Shortly after arriving in Spain for the first time back in March, I swiftly declared it one of my favorite food countries (along with Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, and France).  Spanish food is simple and delicious. But in Costa Brava, the food really outdid itself.  You had everything that makes Spanish food great, along with plenty [...]

Eating Through Little Italy and Chinatown with Ahoy Tours

When I got invited to join a food tour through New York’s Little Italy and Chinatown, I was excited — but a bit skeptical. Isn’t Little Italy a giant tourist trap?  I thought.  Meanwhile, if you’re looking for authenticity, shouldn’t you leave Manhattan altogether and head to the Bronx and Flushing? I was wrong.  Little [...]

Haute Faroese Cuisine

It’s not very often that I get to experience the best restaurant in a country — but in the Faroe Islands, I got to do just that. KOKS is the restaurant at the excellent Hotel Foroyar, famous for hosting Bill Clinton a few years ago.  (It’s also not very often that I get to stay [...]

A Bizarre Icelandic Tasting Menu

Iceland is well-known for having some of the strangest foods in the world.  I mean, this is a country where rotten shark buried in the ground is a specialty!  Gordon Ramsay couldn’t keep it down! While I didn’t go quite that far on my trip, I wanted to try an array of typical Icelandic foods. [...]

The Ultimate Umbrian Feast

I’ve done a lot of the quintessential experiences in Italy — gawked at the Sistine Chapel in Rome, hiked the cliffs of Capri, ate myself into a coma in Emilia-Romagna’s trattorias, lazed on a gondola in Venice.  But there was one quintessential Italian activity I’ve never done.  That activity? Going to a winery and having [...]

Worldwide Chocoholism

This week’s #FriFotos theme is CHOCOLATE!  I had a blast looking through my old pictures and finding my favorite photos of chocolate around the world, from Austria to Italy to Massachusetts. You may notice a significant absence — Southeast Asia.  Chocolate isn’t much of an attraction there, and most of my chocolate intake there was [...]