Food. Food. Food. I was really unnerved by these hamburger vending machines in Amsterdam: That just ain’t right.
When my friend came to spend the holidays with me in Italy, we went on an adventure to eat the best pizza in Naples. Slow train journey to Naples and back in one day for Da Michele? Worth it. After our Neapolitan experience, we were on a mission to find the best pizza in Rome. […]
I find myself most often intimidated by the simplest recipes. Only 3 ingredients to make something delicious? Then there must be some secret perfect combination of the items that makes for the perfect ‘basic’ treat. Gnocchi is a prime example of this fear. I refuse to try to make them. Potatoes Flour Salt Egg No […]
Have I mentioned that I’m from California? To me, there is no such thing as “alternative lifestyles.” It’s not alternative, it’s simply whatever you yourself enjoy doing. “You’re into vegan free-trade sword-swallowing at the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Cool.” And old habits die hard. Do you have any idea how long it took […]
I steered clear of what I secretly thought was “water-y cheese” for some time. Not wanting to be rude at dinner one night, I apprehensively took my first bite. I’m pretty sure my exact words were: “Oh my God! It tastes like string cheese! Without the stringiness!” Ever since that eloquent awakening, I’ve become addicted […]
Very early on, I sort of wrote Italian candy off. There was just a lot of licorice and gummy things and I was more interested in all the savory food goodies that the country had to offer. That was before I found out about Pocket Coffee. Pocket Coffee is a piece of chocolate, filled with […]
I moved to Italy expecting great food. I had no idea that it would be something as simple and fundamental as olive oil that would forever alter my tastes. New olive oil is impossibly green: It is a greenness that you can taste. New olive oil still has the flavor of the earth that the […]
I would love to be able to grow my own basil, but I kill every green thing that has the misfortune of crossing my doorstep. There’s something about the daily watering that makes something in my brain click and go “Whoa. Plant. Look. That’s a major commitment that you seem to be looking for. I’m […]