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A very special guest for Thanksgiving 2014 (and possibly the best pairing ever)

It was a very special Thanksgiving for the Parzen family this year.

We celebrated the holiday in Tracie P’s hometown, Orange, Texas, on the Louisiana border, with all the traditional fixings. 537 more words

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Produttori del Barbaresco 2005 Asili & Tracie P's ragù for brother Tad

It’s not every day that we get to visit with my older brother Tad, who still lives in the same neighborhood in La Jolla, CA where we grew up. 236 more words

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The All-Italian Bacon Cheeseburger: Italy's love affair with the hamburger

Today’s post is the first in a series devoted to my recent trip to Italy, the wines I tasted, foods I ate, and people I met. 749 more words

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The future of pizza at Simone Padoan's I Tigli & a cool wine bar in Soave

What a blast to get to eat at Simone Padoan’s cutting-edge pizzeria I Tigli in San Bonifacio in Soave township last night! That’s Simone (above, left) with Lisa Anselmi, who treated us to a wonderful dinner at this fantastic restaurant. 266 more words

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Dispensa Pani e Vini: an extraordinary meal, once again #Franciacorta

If pressed to reveal my favorite restaurant in the world, there would be many that could come close but none that could touch Vittorio Fusari’s… 187 more words

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Tongue, tripe & stuffed cabbage at old-school Osteria della Villetta #Franciacorta

Super fun lunch yesterday at the very old-school Osteria della Villetta in Palazzolo sull’Oglio, which lies on the very western edge of Franciacorta.

That’s the thinly sliced and delicately dressed tongue, above. 41 more words

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Spectacular meal at Lido 84 on Lake Garda

Really blown away by Riccardo Camanini’s cooking last night at Lido 84 on Lake Garda just outside Salò.

Those are cheese-stuffed pasta “buttons” (above) swimming in eel garum (the fermented fish sauce adored by the ancient Romans). 46 more words

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