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...
Breakfast in Guadalajara

Breakfast in Guadalajara

Earlier this year I spent several days in the historically rich capital of Jalisco, but I arrived in the middle of a national holiday, which brought a traffic tsunami that began taking its toll on the long, loud, dusty drive in from the airport to my hotel in...
“American” Fall Festivities in Italy

“American” Fall Festivities in Italy

The United States and Italy have always shared only three holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, and Christmas, and one festivity Mardi Gras, not-to-be-missed in New Orleans and in Venice. Then, about two decades ago, for no apparent reason, but maybe because...
FINE DINING IN AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE

FINE DINING IN AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE

I’ve always loved to travel, but still dread each departure when it involves an airport. Even before all the necessary security, airports already meant endless lines at check-in and passport control, crowds pushing in all directions, noise, confusion, and above all...
Postcard from Paris

Postcard from Paris

  I wouldn’t want to say that French trains and I don’t get along, but certainly our relationship has had something of the hit-or-miss about it. The first miss occurred before I even boarded a train. A Rail Europe agent had crowed about the ease of using an electronic...
LIVING THE HIGH LIFE

LIVING THE HIGH LIFE

  “The hills are as alive” as ever. The residual summer snow on the crest of the mountains made it easy for me to envisage the winter season. A guaranteed white Christmas though snow has to be manufactured at times to satisfy the skiers. After a vigorous day out, be...
Who Invented Cappuccino?

Who Invented Cappuccino?

That’s a good and still unanswered question. Most people think that cappuccino is an Italian drink, but few know that, yes, it may have been invented by an Italian, but definitely not in Italy, where it wasn’t even mentioned until the 1930s. Its birthplace was Vienna,...
DZINTARS KRISTOVSKIS

DZINTARS KRISTOVSKIS

I always begin my chef interviews with the question: Our tastes in food are closely connected to our childhood; what are your first memories of food? I completely agree with that. As I think back – we lived in a forest and the nearest store was something like...

Carrots in Scapece

This six-ingredient dish will joosh up your carrots and is equally delicious hot or cold. Plus, you can use those carrots that have begun to lose their crispness, so this one is an all-around winner! Perfect as a warm side dish, equally delicious as a cold picnic...