Progressive Passionate Plates (Gaggan)

Yesterday, April 5, was one of the most anticipated days of the year for food lovers. The Pellegrino Top 50 World Restaurant list was released! A big congratulations to Gaggan Anand for his #7 worldwide ranking, not to mention an impressive third year at the top #1 Asian spot! By now, if you’re a foodie, or… Continue reading Progressive Passionate Plates (Gaggan)

In the Kitchen for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

If you are ever at a loss for what to make for dinner, and you are Heston Blumenthal, you ask yourself one simple question: WWHVIIIE? What would Henry VIII Eat? Dinner by Heston Blumenthal sets out to answer that very question. The extremely creative menu is based on historic British food as researched by the… Continue reading In the Kitchen for Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Checking Out Cecchini’s

If Fionn McCool was the giant of legend said to have built the “Giant’s Causeway” in Ireland, I think Dario Cecchini might be the giant of legend that put Panzano in Chianti on the map. How else can you explain the daily pilgrimage of foodies and fun-lovers who take the winding road to end up… Continue reading Checking Out Cecchini’s

Putting Le Calandre on the Calendar

In the Veneto region of Italy, there sits a little town called Rubano. It lies 40 km (25 miles) west of Venice and about 7 km (4 miles) northwest of Padua. The population is around 16,000 and the town itself is only about 15 square kilometres (about 5.6 square miles). Why with all the amazing places… Continue reading Putting Le Calandre on the Calendar

Working with Fire and Steel (Biagiotti)

  Italy is a country of history, art, and tradition. Skills and family businesses are passed down generation to generation. The members of the Biagiotti family of Pienza are one such family. The family now boasts three generations of blacksmiths. In the early 1900s, Alfredo Biagiotti (the grandfather) started the family tradition of working with iron, and other… Continue reading Working with Fire and Steel (Biagiotti)

From Pottery to Pane

Hello Vanna, I’d like to buy a vowel…this was my first thought on Sunday morning when I walked up to Lo Scoiattolo. My friend Fran (who, I am convinced, knows everyone in Umbria) had mentioned to me that she was going to Paciano to do her weekly bread run, and asked me whether I wanted… Continue reading From Pottery to Pane