Masters of Negroni

Anyone who has ever traveled to Italy, especially in the North, has noted the distinctly Italian pre-dinner ritual known as aperitivo. A moment of relaxation at the end of a day to wind down and socialize with your friends at your favorite bar on the local piazza or just down a side street for a light drink and …

Bravo Brodo

This post is all about the pleasures of a well-made brodo. In Italy brodo means broth and in its most basic form is an icon of Italian cooking. A foundational stock that is made from bones of beef, veal or chicken or the shells/ bony skeletons of seafood infused with fresh vegetables and aromatics. The most favored …

Traveler vs. Tourist

"a tourist arrives confused and leaves confused" The age of the tourist is over. Anthony Bourdain's now infamous challenge to"be a traveler not a tourist" resonates with a new generation of travelers who want to remove the word "vacant" from vacation. Time and money well spent on a trip requires it to be more than a "show and …

What do the Medici and Captain James T. Kirk have in common for 2012?

In his book  The Medici Effect, author Frans Johansson explores the idea that in the intersection of different fields, disciplines and cultures, there's an abundance of extraordinary new ideas to be found. During the Italian Renaissance, the Medici of Florence encouraged artisans and scientists to cross disciplines and exchange ideas and because of this the world experienced a cultural rebirth that changed …