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I think this was the mezzano, at the Italian Days Food Tour

Italian Days Food Tour

Our tour guide from Italian Days Food and Wine Tours was far too cheerful for such an early start. We had been picked up at seven in the morning—before sunrise in mid-January—and denied even a cup of coffee before leaving. Our hotel’s breakfast only started at seven, so we had run downstairs and grabbed a…

the front of Hotel El Ciervo

Hotel El Ciervo: a bit over-the-top … but in a good way!

I wasn’t even going to write a review of our hotel, the Hotel El Ciervo, here in Vielha, Spain. It was just a place to stay while we explored the Val d’Aran in the Pyrennees and its ski resort, Baqueira Beret. Or rather, while I explored and my husband and son skied. I’m not being sponsored…

The entry hall of Osteria de Poeti in Bologna, Italy

Osteria dè Poeti: Classic Bolognese Food

On my recent trip to Bologna, my friend Shobha (of Just Go Places) and I were fortunate enough to be hosted by Hotel Touring, which I reviewed in an earlier post. The hotel also arranged for us to eat one evening at a nearby restaurant, Osteria dè Poeti. This was particularly lucky because it is…

The table is set and ready for Thanksgiving tonight.

Thanksgiving Reconsidered

This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series US citizenship

“Are you still going to do Thanksgiving?” This is one of the questions I get asked when I tell people I’ve renounced my US citizenship. Yes, I am still doing Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving in the Netherlands It’s always felt a little odd to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Netherlands. It’s a celebration of a particular event in American history, after…

Lots of different types of bagels, displayed in baskets in a bagel store

The Perfect Bagel

(Zie Nederlands versie beneden!) When other people anticipate a trip to New York City, they might think about fine dining. What’s the latest new cuisine to taste? Which famous chef should we try? Where do we need to make a reservation? Or they may be looking for “ethnic” food: Chinese, for example, or Cuban, or…

Visiting VizEat

You arrive in a city you’ve never visited before. You slog through immigration, wait for your checked bags, then negotiate the local public transportation system, laden with luggage. Eventually, you find and check into your accommodations, and it’s dinnertime. What now? You knew you’d arrive tired, and that you wouldn’t want to settle for the hotel…

block of chocolate with a cricket on top

Eating insects!

My sister recently sent us some gifts: among them, insects. To be specific, crickets (packaged as “Crick-ettes,” for some strange reason) and worm larvae (packaged as “Larvets”). They were flavored like potato chips: salt and vinegar or cheddar cheese or bacon and cheese. She also sent a couple of lollipops, one with a cricket embedded…

Awesome customer service!

“I’ll have a bagel with cream cheese and lox and a diet Coke.” “Awesome! I’ll get it for you right away.” This is a typical exchange with a server in a restaurant here in San Francisco. It’s also the same at a store. “I’d like to buy this shirt.” “Awesome! That’ll be 13 dollars and…

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