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

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, is known as the “stomach” of Italy. Brain, stomach, heart . . . we’re close […]

What do I do when my wine is corked?

What do I do when my wine is corked?

The other night, we were so excited to open a bottle of wine that is delicious (and has a bit of nostalgia attached to it: it was one of the wines we fell in love with during our first trip to Spain). We opened the […]

The “Breaditerranean” diet: Pa de Pages Catala (Catalan country bread)

The “Breaditerranean” diet: Pa de Pages Catala (Catalan country bread)

I’ve been living in Barcelona two years: it’s high time we talked about what I’m calling the “Breaditerranean diet” and its Catalan staple, pa de pages (“country bread”). This large, round loaf with a thick crust is sold is most bakeries, and while it might […]

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

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 to see the incredible ruins of a city devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius […]

10 off-the-beaten-path things to do in Barcelona in 2019

10 off-the-beaten-path things to do in Barcelona in 2019

Do you need an off-the-beaten-path list for Barcelona? After seeing the Gothic Quarter, surviving La Rambla, touring the museums, and ooohing over the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, you might want to spend some time exploring the city, getting lost, and sampling some of the best foods and beverages […]

I went all the way to Portugal to eat Pastéis de Nata, and it was worth it.

I went all the way to Portugal to eat Pastéis de Nata, and it was worth it.

OK, truth be told, this tasty treat wasn’t the ONLY reason I went to Portugal . . . but Pastéis de nata was the first thing on my list of “must-eats.” And true to my plans, we arrived in Lisbon, dropped off our bags, and […]

Questions to ask during a wine tasting

Questions to ask during a wine tasting

Wine tasting is intimate, which is what makes it so wonderful . . . and yet so intimidating. Part of the pressure of this intimacy lies in our lack of knowledge about wine, which can make for awkward silences and nervousness. Not to worry: here are […]

Five culinary reasons to visit Uruguay

Five culinary reasons to visit Uruguay

If you’re an American and you live in Argentina without some sort of extended visa, then you are accustomed to the visaron (visa run). Every 90 days, you must buy a ticket for the ferry across the Rio de la Plata, enter Uruguay, stay for the […]

Eating through San Sebastian: a love note for this culinary corner

Eating through San Sebastian: a love note for this culinary corner

I was so overwhelmed, so intrigued, so inspired, and so impressed with the food from the Basque Country that when I arrived home after my first trip, I simply couldn’t write about it. There were no words that would do justice to the place and […]

Spanish Torrija, French toast taken to a new level

Spanish Torrija, French toast taken to a new level

Let’s talk about desserts. Specifically, Spanish desserts. And let’s do ourselves and not mention the f word (flan). The first time I tried torrija was on the biggest “fat kid” excursion of my life: when I wandered the streets of San Sebastian and tried pintxo […]