Cirò: Southern Wine Unlike Southern WineAt one point in my education I had five roommates, all from Calabria, all ear-nose-throat docs in training. Like most southerners that study away up north, they always returned to our student apartment with boxes and boxes of foods and wines from home. They brought loaves of gray-crumbed and black-crusted bread the size of car […]Read more
Lipari: Pagan PagentryI’ve been on the island of Lipari for the last three days, resting up a bit, and passing Easter weekend in familiar surroundings. I rented a little room with a 4th-story terrace, and a kitchen, and I’ve been cooking again, with intermittent access (it’s the holy weekend) to markets and wine shops, many still peopled […]Read more
Trapani: Distilling A SeaSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Like a serious of long, sensual whispers, the brown and tan cattails that line the road outside of Trapani go on for hours, their sighing sounds seem to almost sizzle in the late afternoon as I near the old city, the shimmering salt pools perhaps one of the most welcoming sites […]Read more
Sambuca di Sicilia: Grapes from the South, ‘Cabbage’ from the NorthFeudo Arancio feels like a New World winery, a four-year-old, massive city-block of a building, modelled after a cloister, located on top of a beautiful hill in a part of Sicily that could be anywhere in the world. That’s assuming, of course, you’re in stunning, rolling wine country, the sleepy horizon broken only with olive, […]Read more
Culinary vacations at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, offer more than just cookery courses in Puglia, Italy: each cooking vacation gives our students the ability to cook like an Italian for a week, following Pugliese recipes, cooking with locally sourced food, making pasta by hand and drinking wine from the Salento. The perfect Italian cooking holiday includes the healthy, yet succulent dishes of the Mediterranean Diet.