Tiramisu Tasting

***** Update July 2021 ****** — I have revised my choice for the best tiramisu as I’ve now had many more and the one at Pierluigi’s still makes me want to go back for more. This article is dedicated to a friend of mine who suggested I do a list of best tiramisu places (plus, … Read more Tiramisu Tasting

Pasta Trombolotto

***** Fabio, the owner contacted me and corrected the addresses and explained why his has two restaurants — one is the summer location. Thanks, Fabio, always nice when people improve the information on my blog. ***** Imagine taking the extra large, mild tasting, sweet Amalfi lemons… and serving them with pasta inside. Well, I finally … Read more Pasta Trombolotto

The Perfect Apulian Coastal Town – Polignano a Mare

Sapphire blue water, cute old white stone streets, a public beach, and easy access to other places (if you ever want to leave), Polignano a Mare has it all. The city is walled and the old part is pedestrianized. The only wheeled vehicles inside are pedicabs transporting customers and their luggage to the many hotels … Read more The Perfect Apulian Coastal Town – Polignano a Mare

Tourist Trap Lima – Be Part of the Entertainment, Not!

“Eat seafood at the fisherman’s harbor.” That sounds authentic, cheap, and quaint, no? I allowed myself and a friend to get taken there. I had driven past this beach and harbor many times. The area is almost always a traffic choke point as the cars going to the Regattas club inch past the millions going … Read more Tourist Trap Lima – Be Part of the Entertainment, Not!

Best Fries in Lima

The best fries in Lima? Many restaurants take pride in their fries, especially in using “native” species, which is odd as they are all native (Peru is the origin of the potato). But, more to the point, restaurants are branching out instead of just using the usual yellow potato. The common Peruvian yellow potato is … Read more Best Fries in Lima

Where to Eat Seafood in Lima

Recently, I got asked about suggestions for where to eat seafood in Lima. Eating seafood is an integral part of life in Lima. And no, it’s not all raw. First, take the recommended fish of the day — it will be the freshest. Also, remember that salmon is not from Peru (in the highlands, they … Read more Where to Eat Seafood in Lima

Agroturismo – Farm Bed & Breakfast

Italy is famous for its agroturismo, a bed and breakfast on a farm. To qualify as an agroturismo, the farm must actually be a working farm. Many of these places will also have animals. Many are family owned. You can search this site or use other sites, like Google, to find a stay. Some of … Read more Agroturismo – Farm Bed & Breakfast

Statera Restaurant – Emerging From Central’s Shadow

I realize that I’ve been ignoring Statera restaurant. Or rather, that I haven’t been going there enough. Part of the problem, I think, has been that I forgot that they are open for lunch (their dinner service doesn’t start until 8 p.m. which is way past my bedtime.) But, their lunch is Tuesday-Sunday, 12:45 p.m. … Read more Statera Restaurant – Emerging From Central’s Shadow

The Best Things About Expat Life in Lima – Or, It’s Always Avocado Season

In celebration of Peru’s independence days, “fiestas patrias,” (July 28 is independence day and July 29 is a holiday for the armed forces and police), here is my posting about what I think is great about living in Lima. As I did for some of the other places I have lived, I have already written … Read more The Best Things About Expat Life in Lima – Or, It’s Always Avocado Season

A Short History of Italy – From Myth to 44 BCE (Caesar’s Death)

In preparation for my move to Italy, I wrote a book about food in Italy. In the book, I wrote a short history of Italy. The history of Italy as a country is short because Italy only became a nation in 1861. But, the history of the Italian peninsula is long, so here is my … Read more A Short History of Italy – From Myth to 44 BCE (Caesar’s Death)

Asian Vegetables in Bogota

The Chinese porcelain cat with the waving paw is the give-away. In the U.S., it’s called “napa cabbage” but in Bogota, it’s called “Chinese cabbage.”  Whatever it’s called, it’s almost impossible to find in Bogota, I guess because it’s not a normal part of the diet here. I went on the hunt. I’m not sure … Read more Asian Vegetables in Bogota