Happy Int’l Women’s Day

Sorry, but my virtual florist ran out of yellow mimosa just as I walked into the shop. I hope the bright pink flowers will do in a pinch. As the proud father of… Continue reading

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What’s Burning: Crespelle con Radicchio e Morlacco del Grappa

Here in the Veneto region of Italy’s northeast, where Prosecco — fast becoming the world’s preferred sparkling wine — hails, comes another joy that springs forth from the earth to la tavola: radicchio… Continue reading

Traveling the Wine Roads of Italy: Bottega S.p.A.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That oft-cited idiom, attributed to English author Mary Ann Evans — who wrote under the manly pen name George Eliot — in her 1860 novel The… Continue reading

A Phoneographic Post-Procedure Pheast

I know this is way more information than you bargained for, but just shy of the 24-hour mark of fasting, during which I forced down four liters of a citrus-flavored polyethylene glycol solution to… Continue reading

Arquà: Petrarch’s Hilltop Hideaway

Whenever we look back on history — pick a period, it really doesn’t matter — there are always amazing footnotes tucked inside the narrative that credit one individual over all others of the… Continue reading

Phoneographic Phlights of Phancy

For me, nothing enhances landscape and cityscape photography better than a few clouds hovering above the scene.  They’re just so majestic, gliding effortlessly across the sky in random formations with catchy names like… Continue reading

The Villas of the Venetian Republic: Villa dei Vescovi

Normally, my glass is half full — with optimism, not wine — but, sometimes I get fooled and lower my expectations when the forces of nature come into play. Take for instance, the… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #8

He’s been asking her every year for the past 500+…

What’s Burning: Penne con Pancetta e Pomodorini

I’ve admitted it many times over, so it shouldn’t come as a total surprise when I say that I’m pretty clueless in the kitchen. That’s why, rather than take the blame directly, I… Continue reading

Traveling the Wine Roads of Italy: Ca’ Lustra

Perched above the picturesque Faedo Valley, in the heart of the soil-rich Euganean Hills of Italy’s northeastern region of the Veneto, sits a family run, totally organic tenuta (estate) that transforms superlative grape into… Continue reading