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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Arrivederci, Abruzzo!

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life – Anna Akhmatova   Well, you missed a great trip! Thanks to everybody who helped make this one a smash: Novelia, Vittoria, Amalia and Nonna Aida, Katy and Susanna, Antonella and all the Santacroce family, our guides Danilo and Francesco, restaurant pros […]

There’s No Place Like Home Away From Home

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Italy will always have the best food. — Diane von Furstenberg It started out so simply: Get a few friends together and talk about Abruzzo. Let’s show them pictures of our apartment in Sulmona. And then let’s wow them with some food and wine from the region. Before you could say benvenuto, Vicky and I had […]

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