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Mamma Roma, you sure know how to throw a GREAT party!

Taste Franciacorta with me in MIAMI Thursday January 21.
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Working in the Italian wine trade is a gas. The people you meet, the places you see, the things that you drink and eat… It’s not a bad way to make a living. 602 more words

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A mozzarella backwater in Caianello (Caserta province, Campania)

Honestly, I can’t tell you why the small town of Caianello, about 30 minutes north of Naples on the autostrada heading south from Rome, is an epicenter for artisanal mozzarella production. 159 more words

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A FANTASTIC trattoria in Trastevere (Rome) and a Befana to burn

Notes from the eternal city…

Posting in a hurry this morning for Rome before our group of writers heads to Salento for wine tasting, eating, and touring for three days. 181 more words

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Best places to eat in Langa (Piedmont) wine country

Above: a classic Langarolo antipasti plate (although insalata russa is missing).

A colleague who’s on his way to the Langhe Hills of Piedmont for vacation asked me about my favorite places to eat in Piedmont. 653 more words

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Pig ass king: a taste of culatello history at Antica Corte Pallavicina

Above: the culatello aging cellar at Antica Corte Pallavicina.

The earliest printed mention of cultatello I’ve been able to find dates back to 1931 in the Italian Touring Club’s… 584 more words

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WARNING EXPLICIT CONTENT: BBQ porn from yesterday's Houston BBQ Festival

Yesterday I managed to snag a press pass and sneak into the Third Annual Houston Barbecue Festival. The event was co-founded by Houston Chronicle… 532 more words

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