Cuba People to People, Day 1

The mystique and mystery of Cuba had been on the periphery of my mind since learning about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For so long, I pondered the reasons why a country less than 100 miles off the coast of the U.S. was so off limits. This limitation made me want […]

Cold Spring, Upstate New York

Situated at one of the narrowest and deepest parts of the Hudson, Cold Spring is the quintessential bucolic upstate New York town with an amazingly charming Main Street. From Cold Springs, you can easily walk to Garrison to visit Boscobel or to the West Point Foundry> You can also take the train to DIA: Beacon […]

Title: Pain au Jamon

Story: Have you ever laid your eyes on something and your first thought was mmmmmm? That’s how I felt when I fiat saw this savory goodness at Tartine in San Francisco. Then I tasted it. Imagine the saltiness of the high quality ham and nutty gruyere cheese wrapped in the buttery heaven of a fresh […]

Italy: Grotte di Castellana and Masseria Papaperta

History of the Grotte di Castellana The Grotte di Castellana is a series of caves in the Itria Valley that began to form over 90 million years ago. During the Cretaceous period, the valley was submerged by an ancient sea. For millions of years the lifeforms (shellfish and marine plants) left their carcasses on the […]

Italy: Lecce and Otranto

Lecce is a southern Italian city that was founded over 2000 years ago by the Messapii people. The city’s main export is a very soft and malleable stone, which is traditionally used to carve sculptures. The city is also known for its olive oil, wine and ceramic production. The city landscape displays a plethora of […]

Sweet Nugget: David Burke’s Kitchen

Italy: Exploring Gargano

Surrounding the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo is a beautiful hilltop town. Walking the Old Town As you walk around the old town, you are surrounded by private homes, churches and wonderful eateries.  You really get the sense that in this well maintained enclave, the people who live here are very aware of living a charmingly […]

Baking and Breaking Bread

Let’s talk about dough; not money, but bread dough. Have you ever had the opportunity to each a fresh piece of baked bread while it’s still warm? If you haven’t, then let me tell you, it is one of most deliciously fulfilling things you will ever eat. Your first contact with bread is by smell: […]