Discover Italy with Lonely Planet’s New Guide

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2016 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there — George Harrison   There are a lot of guide books out there, but I have always liked what Lonely Planet guides have to offer. The company was launched 40+ years ago by two crazy kids who got married and, for their […]

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

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

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  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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A Taste of La Cucina Abruzzese

Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016 | Category: Salem Stories, Travel Writing

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The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again — George Miller It all started with a crazy idea back in Sulmona in the fall: What if we brought over our two chef friends and did a few cooking classes? Would Americans go for it? Would Novelia really […]

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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

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  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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Cucina Abruzzese Comes to Salem!

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | Category: Travel Writing

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Life is a combination of magic and pasta. – Federico Fellini   There will surely be pasta. And lenticche soup. And a little meat, I suppose. Sausage, salumi, maybe a little lamb. I’ve heard rumors of a truffle sauce. I can’t wait to see what comes of it. The “it” is so exciting: our friends […]

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