Sedimentality
Food (and wine) for thought. "Lees" is more.

Italy

What is real truffle oil? The truth about truffles

Is this real truffle oil? We’ll find out. Mac and cheese. Popcorn. Eggs. Pastas. I’ll eat truffle on nearly everything, so it’s no surprise that Umbria, one of the Italian...

Pasta making at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese in Bologna (+ tortellini en brodo recipe)

Taking a pasta making course during our time in Bologna was sort of a no-brainer: pasta is at the heart of Italian cuisine and Emilia-Romagna, the region where Bologna is located,...

Pompeii or Herculaneum? How to choose a day trip from Naples or Sorrento

The chance to wander an ancient Roman city, complete with well-preserved temples, homes, mosaics, and baths? It’s no wonder why so many visitors to Southern Italy take the trek to Pompeii...

Thinking of traveling? GO.

I’m a cautious person. I plan things. I plan everything. I’m scared of things. Actually . . . I’m scared of everything. Failing. Heights. Bees. People hating me. Bees. God,...

Italy’s Liguria and the Cinque Terre

Italy has my heart. I used to think that it’s been this way since I set foot there for a beautiful three months of travel in 2011, but when I...

Spello: Umbria’s best-kept secret

What makes an Italian hill town so charming? It might be the  narrow cobblestone streets  that wind aimlessly, leading you to doors that you KNOW have stories behind them. It...

Photoessay of Assisi, Umbria

Rolling vineyards and olive groves, fields of poppies and wildflowers, cuisine filled with hearty lentils, game, and truffles . . . what is not to love about Umbria? This region...

Lecce: the (uncrowded) “Florence of Southern Italy”

It is amazing how many incredible places in Italy are still seemingly untouched by mass tourism. Like my husband always says, “for every San Gimignano there are a thousand other...

An unconventional Puglian grape: Negroamaro

Just when I think I’ve learned a thing or two about Italian wines from my five months in this country, I venture into a new region and am reminded how...

A Venetian Osteria

Venice is of course known for its canals, Murano glass baubles, and singing gondoliers, but the pleasant surprises of this sinking city were its osterias and seafood-filled cuisine. The tourist...