Postcards from the Volcano

I feel about Sicily like you probably do about Italy: I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I plan, consult the guidebooks, google it all and send countless messages to friends there long before I even know my departure date. And while it makes me giddy to even say this aloud, I’m off again to …

Italian wineries: inside out

There is always a stack of chairs in front of the employee bathroom. It has a shower too, just, with the sort of nozzle used to power wash large pots. There is an ancient cat or ancient dog but never both. The cushion on the swiveling office chair in front of the computer will be …

two octopi

‘Two are too many, so why are you buying so much of everything when you are the only one eating’, Anna asked Saturday night as we prepped for the online lessons. We’ve worked together so intimately for the last 13 years that we’re extensions of each others’ nervous systems. Rarely do we have to explain …
One of the odder elements of my job of the last 18 years is that teaching cooking means that I never actually do any of it. Our guests do. So now that the world is firmly upside down and the countries that come to our school are all banned from entering Europe, we need to …
The world is upside down. We’re safe here though. Our school is closed and will likely be forced to stay that way until we enter a post-vaccine world. I’m working on the television series. I cut out the backseats of my Volkswagen and have turned it into a 4-wheeled television studio. (Solar-powered battery chargers, 4K …

aprile duemilaventi

Out of troubled times comes new ideas. Read more below. We’ve started a magazine. Well, not a magazine but something bigger than a blog but smaller than a newspaper. Somewhere in between. What makes this stand out though is that all of this is focused on you and how to help you get the most …
Strange times here in Italy. Firstly, we’re fine. Everyone we know is fine. Yes, it’s odd to no longer kiss socially and that everyone needs to work and study from home for a few weeks but like most things in the post-social media age, there is a lot of reactionary panic that isn’t very helpful. …
‘The twins will need to be fed and in bed by 7 pm, 8 at the latest’, said Saskia upon arrival, ‘and they really don’t like to nap’. ‘Of course’, I said, trying to hide two tremors of culture shock in one sentence, of the difference between Northern and Southern Europe mealtimes, and as a …
Yoga and the Mediterranean Diet Course ‘So how much of each’, asked Kamal over lunch at the school in Lecce. ‘I think yoga in the day time and cooking and learning about wine at night’. We scratched it out onto the school’s chalkboard, the course taking shape long before lunch was even over. Balance: Yoga …
‘Like I know my pockets’, is how you say it in Italian, to express the English-language concept of, ‘like the back of my hand’. That’s how I feel about Salice Salentino after picking, pressing, drinking and teaching it for the last 15 years. It’s what I put as ‘blood type’, should anyone be foolish enough …