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Posted 04/20/2012

Restaurant Review: Broders’ Pasta Bar & Deli

In the late 1980s, my husband and I caught what I called “local wanderlust.” We didn’t have a lot of money to travel far; we were busy building our careers and loved our house too much to spend much time away from it. So we spent weekends exploring the upper Midwest.

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Posted 04/20/2012

Soul Man

For some people you can peer deep into their soul by looking into their eyes. If you want to see what lies in the core of every Tuscan, you must look deep into their food. As respectable and even disrespect-able human beings, we are always in search for the greater meaning to it all. The superficial and easy to read exterior answers are fine for some who display identical character flaws. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/20/2012

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

Who says the Italians don’t have fast food? In fact, they invented it. Pizza has been around since ancient times and today it’s an ubiquitous sight not only in Italy, but throughout the world. Pizza goes back to ancient times when people ate it as a pita bread with toppings. The Etruscans were the first in the country to create what comes down to us as focaccia bread. The ancient Greek colonizers in Italy, then, during the 6th century B.C. recorded eating a flat bread with herb, onion, and garlic toppings. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/19/2012

Attention: Coffee Lovers

Caffeine lovers get ready, it’s finally here. The U.S. Barista Championship or USBC, the battle to the death for baristas nationwide. The USBC is the official United States competition designed to highlight the craft of the barista and takes place today, April 19-22, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

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Posted 04/19/2012

“How do you milk a goat?”

“How do you milk a goat?”

One of the many frequently asked questions farmer Julian Pearce hears every Sunday at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. His most curious customer, 10-year-old Stephen, has become his junior spokesperson, educating others about the goats and cheese-making practices.

Julian and Carol of Soledad Goats have been a regular fixture of the Hollywood market for the past 5 years. In the last few years, he’s noticed a dramatic increase in his sales as well as general attendance at the markets. Goats, Penelope and Fiona, are largely to thank for the growing success. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/18/2012

“Do Something Reel” – Join Debi and Whole Foods in Austin TX, Apr. 22nd 2012

Lights! Camera! Action! This month Whole Foods Market is excited to kick off the online Do Something Reel™ Film Festival, a collection of provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and everyday people with a vision of making a world of difference. For the first time these documentaries will be available to purchase and stream online for a limited time on the festival’s website.  Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/18/2012

After Dinner Beers, Anyone?

Sometimes it’s not about what you’re drinking with the food but rather what what you’re drinking when relaxing after the meal. Yes, you can have Scotch or Cognac and probably be satisfied, but I’m here to show you how diverse beer can be. It really is quite the enjoyable after-dinner drink! Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/16/2012

“La Buona Forchetta” (The Good Fork)

The saucepans were overturned-to paraphrase biographer Jean Orieux-in 1533 when Catherine de’ Medici arrived in Paris as the 14-year-old Florentine bride of Henry II, the future king of France. What Orieux was referring to in his biography of Catherine de’ Medici was the Tuscan cuisine that sheinsisted on serving in her French court. Not only did she introduce dishes and vegetables that were to become the staples of modern French cuisine, but she even brought manners to the table, starting with the fork. Continue Reading…

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Posted 04/13/2012

3 Hours in Boston’s North End

My initial reaction to the prospect of moving from New York City to Boston was the sinking realization that I was about to bid farewell to all forms of “culture”; i.e. good food, sights and music.  I believed Boston didn’t have an identity, nothing to make it different or stand out from its northeast peers, and while this still holds partially true, it would be unfair to describe the North End this way.  The North End is anything but lacking in character.  Its Italian roots are enough to explain the friendly, boisterous and often rough-around-the-edges wait staff you’ll encounter while consuming delicious Italian or Italian-inspired cuisines. Continue Reading…

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