Mellow Yellow Garlic

Garlic is part of the culinary trinity of Italian cooking. Paired with a soffritto of finely chopped onions, celery, and carrots in a 2:1:1 ratio, it is the foundation of the dishes that define the cuisine of Italy.  Slowly sautéed, hence the name soffrito (under-fried), the ingredients soften and release their flavor in an incensual bath of extra virgin olive oil … Continue reading Mellow Yellow Garlic


Italy’s Memorial Wall is a Wall of Resistance

Depending on our generation, memories of Memorial Day in the US often focus on a wall with a mirror-like surface that winds its way through Constitution Gardens in Washington DC. A lasting impression and memory, it honors US soldiers who served, fought, died or were missing in action during the Vietnam War. Having lived through those … Continue reading Italy’s Memorial Wall is a Wall of Resistance

The Apple of Eve May Just Have Been a Strawberry

The idyllic countryside of Sardenia is perfumed by the scent of  myrtle, rosemary, juniper and strawberry trees. Found throughout the island, the wild arbutus, or tree strawberry, produces a fruit with an intoxicating aroma and a unique flavor that although resembles a strawberry doesn't taste anything like one. I have eaten them ripe off  a beautiful  flowering strawberry tree in my … Continue reading The Apple of Eve May Just Have Been a Strawberry

Italian Auto Race Inspires Iconic Jacket

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 "the greatest spectacle in racing" is about to begin and we couldn't help but appreciate the past and current history of Italian auto racing from Monza's Grand Prix to Italy's Mille Miglia, a thousand mile open endurance race notorious for fast cars and fatal crashes. Known as la corsa piu … Continue reading Italian Auto Race Inspires Iconic Jacket

Villa of the Dwarfs

Down a walking path from Palladio’s famous La Rotonda, just outside the city of Vicenza, is a jewel of a villa that although may not be as impressive as its better-known neighbor is nonetheless a delight.  Although it's looked over by dwarfs, it's a far cry from Disney's Hi Ho.  Villa Valmarana ai Nani (Villa … Continue reading Villa of the Dwarfs

Love and Lesiure in Giardini di Via Stendhal

Although writing has become a routine part of my day, like Stendhal I find time spent in Milan to be entirely devoted to leisure and love. Milan and its metropolitan commune are home to a branch of our Italian cousins and flying into Malpensa has always been a starting point for my taste travels in … Continue reading Love and Lesiure in Giardini di Via Stendhal