“So. There are three areas on the stove basically. The hottest is right here over the area where you put the wood.” Maria Luis waved her hard-working, muscled hand over the front part of the stove. “Both sides. Hot. Then the medium heat is here in the center. Over there on the edge is the [...]
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~ ~ ~ The cheesemaker Francesco Bagnoli lives with his parents and grandmother Lorena on the summit of an outrageously steep and pointy little Tuscan hill near Lamporecchio. The house seems cubist-inspired, all stacked both on top of and next to itself all at the same time. Countless dogs, cats and chickens come and go from [...]
When you think of Australian food, barbecue may be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet with vast expanses and diverse microclimates, Australia is home to many unique agricultural regions. Australia’s farmers and gourmet food producers dot the landscape, and many open their doors to visitors. For a special (and delicious) insight into Australia’s [...]
Ok. If you’re only here for the recipe and not the amazing and outstanding and simply mouthwatering photography then jump on down to the bottom where you will find Chef Anna’s Italian Crostata Recipe as presented by chef Karista Bennett of Karista’s Kitchen my friend and fello DaVinci Storyteller for 2013. Fine. Go ahead…make the [...]
Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Ya silly I know. Its because of the alcohol…. Tuscan Food and Wine One of the main things that I wanted to work on while in [...]
In the Bar dell’Orso on the road to Montalcino I needed a break from all the espresso shots I was kicking back. Instead, I wanted to just sit and sip at a coffee. Take my time. Enjoy it. I asked him for an Americano. His jaw dropped, his eyes nearly popped from his head. He [...]
On Wednesday I leave for ten days in Tuscany. I’ve been to Italy a number of times but never Tuscany and I haven’t been back to Italy since my last visit to Venice in 1998. Needless to say I’m excited. Oh and…before you read any further I have to do this: By choosing to click [...]
”Albeit they have neyther meadows, nor pastures, nor arable grounds neare their city…they have as great abundance of victuals, corne and fruites of all sorts whatsoever…being plenteously ministred unto them from Padua, Vicenza, and other bordering townes and places of Lombardy….As for their fruits, I have observed wonderful plenty amongst them, as Grapes, Peares, Applees, [...]
Green chile was a regular ingredient at breakfast growing up. I think the only thing my father didn’t put it in were the pancakes, but I’m sure he wanted too. Given that I grew up on spicy and have a very high tolerance. That is why I’m surprised that bottle of hot sauce Maria Elena [...]
The Porter was the best. In the glass it was brown and turned ruby where the light shined through the liquid. The head was a nice auburn and the taste was a perfect mix of chocolate, coffee and the slightly tannic taste that comes from roasted barely. It was a little sweet but not on [...]
Ed Fenzl is a practical man. “I like things that are functional, easy to maintain, going to last at least five to eight years … that’s my only criteria.” The mustached former parks superintendent and landscape contractor credits much of the success of Arroyo Seco’s Living Light Farm to practical experimentation. “A lot of folks [...]
Near the greenhouse, Ty Minton found a big, fat fuzzy caterpillar and he wasn’t sure what, exactly, it was. “I was so excited,” he said. “I ran inside, grabbed the iPad and raced back out here before it was gone. I spent quite awhile poring over pictures online, trying to match it up with the [...]
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