NIKO ROMITO:

NIKO ROMITO:

NIKO ROMITO: ITALY’S ONLY CHEF SOUTH OF ROME WITH THREE MICHELIN STARS On November 5, 2013, Niko Romito, the timid, taciturn and modest, 39-year-old chef of the restaurant “Reale” in Castel di Sangro in the province of L’Aquila, was awarded his third Michelin star for...
Italian Beauties

Italian Beauties

There was time in my younger days when a press and trade tasting in San Francisco was a small affair. The press, usually 10 to 15 wine writers, were treated to a quiet hour or so to make our notes in peace, before the trade were let in. In those days (1980s to early...
Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has an entire culture built around fabulous dining.  The problem, however, can be hunting down unique dining establishments without being directed to crowded, touristy restaurants.  Online reviews can be helpful, but of course those are...
Experiencing Leonardo and Nearby Treats in Rome

Experiencing Leonardo and Nearby Treats in Rome

Born in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci on April 15, 1472, the oldest illegitimate son of a promiscuous wealthy notary and a peasant, Leonard was a polymath. His interests included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music (both performing and...
Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

As the child of frugal German immigrants, I ate a lot of meatloaf as a child, only we called it falscher Hase, literally, fake rabbit. After WWII, when meat rations were still in effect, German housewives would mix up whatever meaty scraps they had, add lots of...
Moroccan Stoup offers Warm Comfort

Moroccan Stoup offers Warm Comfort

  As defined by Rachel Ray, a stoup comes in somewhere between a soup and a stew in consistency…and that is what we have with this simple-to-assemble one pot wonder. For the vegetable you can use any leafy green or even a combination of several: kale is...
Guilty conscience?

Guilty conscience?

Just over two weeks after the controversial opening of a McDonald’s in a Vatican-owned building just outside St. Peter’s Square, on January 16th the popular fast food chain started to distribute some 1,000 free meals to the homeless from here. Ironically, this “act of...
THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

THE APPEAL OF SRI LANKA’S SOUTH

Kúpa-mandúka is the local phrase for one who never leaves his home, one ignorant of the world (literally, a frog in a well). But, for me, I knew Sri Lanka would be enriching and had to visit. I came first to the Wallawwa (www.thewallawwa.com). It’s just outside...
Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

Bon Bini! Welcome to Beautiful Aruba

A Caribbean Delight When you step onto the Caribbean island of Aruba, you will hear the warm welcome, “Bon bini!” Aruba is like a fine host whose greatest pleasure is making sure that you feel at home, are well-fed, entertained, and satisfied. Whether you come to...