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Fried Muikku!! – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 11, 2014

Finns are going to laugh at me for this post but I don’t care. I LOVE fried muikku! In English we know this little freshwater fish as vendace, Coregonus albula. In Finnish it is muikku. A member of the Salmonidae family the muikku is a type of whitefish found throughout the lakes of northern Europe. [...]

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Paywa Zuni Bread – Sourdough From (PERHAPS) the Largest Horno in the State

Two days ago I dropped in on Jimmy Paywa of Zuni Pueblo for some bread. “Jim….hmmmm…. I think I’ll be able to remember your name,” he said. “Don’t worry if not,” I told him. “Sometimes I can’t even remember my own name.” “Then you might have a hard time remembering mine!”  He waved me over [...]

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Eating My Way Around the Wild Coast of Norway

Origionally published in Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ The island of Sandhornøya sits near the mouth of the Saltstarumen Sound in the far north of Norway. The shape of a squished heart stabbing into the Norwegian Sea, Sandhornøya is a wild and craggy rock guarding the entrance to some of the dramatic fjords that cut [...]

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The Panamonte Inn of Boquete, Panama – A Review

Editor’s Note: The first thing I want to say here is that I owe the fabulous people at Panamonte Inn in Boquete, Panama a serious apology – particularly to Charlie and Yolanda. When I returned from Panama just over a year ago I was hit with some major and totally unexpected troubles that literally took [...]

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Costa Rica Foods – El Mirador Sitios Angustura

“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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Photo Essay: The Cheesemaker of I Due Falcetti

~ ~ ~ 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 [...]

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Australia’s Most Delectable Food Trails

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 [...]

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Chef Anna’s Italian Crostata Recipe – Try It!

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 [...]

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Magnificent Tuscan Food and Wine in Fifteen Photos

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 [...]

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“No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013

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 [...]

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Off to Tuscany!

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 [...]

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Food From Venice: Three Meals That Tell the Story of La Serenissima

 “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, [...]

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