Must-Have Mastazzoli

If you’ve ever visited a fair or festival in Italy you have likely seen city squares crowded with banchini (booths) with vendors selling their wares or religious articles, souvenirs and regional fare.  Among them you will typically find mastazzolari selling celebratory confections known as mastazzoli (image from Mastazzoli, typical of Soriano Calabro (a town…

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Paris and My Palette

Paris, known as the City of Love for many reasons; its native tongue, its historic beauty, and its natural disposition to romance.  This beautiful French capital captured my heart, via my stomach, making me fall in love gastronomically. In one delectable week my taste buds (and those of one of my best friends) learned a…

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A Love Affair with Château Magnol: the Heart of Barton & Guestier

The great Ernest Hemingway once said “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”  The true evidence…

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Let’s Be Frank About Hot Dogs

There are certain foods that seem to naturally lend themselves to culinary creativity; things like pizza and pasta have often fallen into that category.  I would’ve never thought that mouth-watering masterpieces could come from a simple sausage until my recent experience at Let’s Be Frank Toronto’s Hot Dog Bar. The brainchild of Christa Muio, Julie…

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