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 […]

Tags: Abruzzo, cerasuolo, chitarra, Cooking, cucina, ITalian, Italy, lenticchie, montepulciano, pecorino, Pelino, Pietrantonj, Pingue, Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Sulmona, trebbiano

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 […]

Tags: Broadway, Cafe Un Deux Trois, Circle in the Square, Fun Home, Hotel Mela, New York City, Osteria al Doge, Times Square

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 […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Amalia, Cooking, Italy, Novelia, Salem, Sulmona

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 […]

Tags: Abruzzo, Italy, Sulmona

Campo PG 78

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Category: Reflections, Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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There was never a good war, or a bad peace. — Benjamin Franklin   It was raining the day we went to visit Campo PG 78. The PG stands for prigioneri di guerra, prisoners of war. We were told that students from the liceo (high school) would be helping to lead the tour and that […]

Why Sulmona?

Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery,  back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness. — D.H. Lawrence   We get asked that a lot — both […]

Will Fly for Cheese

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures. — M.F.K. Fisher   I’m off to bella italia soon and one of the things I’ve been thinking about — especially since I just wrote a guest blog post about Sulmona and food for L’Esperta […]

Tags: Abruzzo, confetti, food, Italy, Sulmona

House Hunters International Not: Our Adventure in #Sulmona

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing

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Sulmo Mihi Patria Est. — Ovid, some time after 43 BC OMG — we bought a place in Italy! — The four of us, May 2014     First, Hannibal devastated the region around Sulmona, a tidy historical community of some 20,000+ residents tucked into the center of Italy’s Abruzzo region. That was back in […]

California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing

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Dean’s California  — wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors. — Jack Kerouac   I went to California last Wednesday, in something of a time warp. A delightful time warp spanning the […]