Aged to Perfection: The Wines of Antica Casa Vitivinicola Italo Pietrantonj

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


  I like on the table,/when we’re speaking, the light of a bottle/of intelligent wine. — Pablo Neruda   If you’ve been to our house in the last three years, chances are you’ve had a glass of wine or two from the Abruzzese winery called Pietrantonj. Because three years ago is when we discovered we […]

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Off-the-Beaten-Track Italy

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. . .  Italy is the […]

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The Cucina Abruzzese Tour, September 2016

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? — Martin Scorsese We’ve been working feverishly here to put together a food and wine-oriented tour for you — with just enough history and even a little down time — to keep you all enchanted. Of course, it’s Italy, so how could […]

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New York City and a Blizzard Named Jonas

Posted: Saturday, January 30, 2016 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing, Uncategorized


  The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches —  e.e.cummings   I came to New York for a writing and theater weekend and got a blizzard named Jonas instead. The writing went pretty well, actually, but Broadway was shut down Saturday night, along with the tunnels, the subways and buses, the airports and then George Washington Bridge. If you wanted to get here you couldn’t and if you were here and wanted to get out, you’d better find a friend or a hotel room. I’d gotten a great deal on my favorite little hotel in New York, so I was well taken care of. And right across the street is one of my favorite places to eat. I am sitting at a table there as I begin to write this. I have been coming here to the Café Un Deux Trois since the 1970s when I lived another life in the advertising business. Few things have changed except that there is a still little shot glass holding crayons […]

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Italy Bucket List

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Tips


The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. —Giada De Laurentis  Hah! — LD Jenkins   ‘Tis the season of distress. Too much to do, too many people wanting a piece of your time, and this damned upcoming holiday week, […]