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July 25, 2019

Italy: Bologna, FICO Eataly World

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Fresh pasta

FICO Eataly World in Bologna describes itself as the largest food park in the world. It is a claim that’s hard to dispute, as what constitutes a “food park” is poorly defined. Nevertheless it is hard to imagine that there could be a larger version anything anywhere that is remotely similar to Eataly World. (more…)

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July 19, 2019

Italy: Bologna

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One of Bologna’s many temples of food

Bologna doesn’t make the best first impression. It’s a city that can look a little rough and feel a bit uncomfortable on arrival. But as you peel back the layers you realize that there’s a lot to understand and to love behind Bologna’s unpolished facades. It quickly becomes one of those places that once you leave you immediately want to return. That is the way Bologna was for us. (more…)

February 13, 2019

France: Cancale, Oysters and Tides

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Oysters being harvested in Cancale France.

Cancale is famous for its oysters. Indeed it’s a good bet that most of the many visitors to this commune of 5,300 people in northeastern Brittany have come primarily to consume shellfish. There may well be other good reasons to visit Cancale but they are easily lost to the attraction of the seafood. (more…)

February 11, 2019

France: Crêpes and Galettes in Brittany

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A crêpe with lemon, butter, and sugar

Crêpes, made with wheat flour and sugar, and their savory cousins Breton galettes, made with buckwheat flour, are commonly available throughout France. Galettes with a salade verte on the side and a bottle of cidre doux is often our go to meal when we want something comforting and easy in France. They are usually readily available and fast, at least on the French scale of quick meals. (more…)

December 13, 2018

France: Butter, Le Bordier

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Fine French butter

French cheese gets the photo spreads but France’s butter deserves plaudits too. The average butter from a typical supermarché in France is better than what you can buy in the States. But what really stands out for us is some of the more difficult to find premium butters. (more…)

France: Époisses de Bourgogne


Melting at room temperature: Époisses de Bourgogne’s rind is often rinsed with Marc de Bourgogne.

Époisses de Bourgogne ranks as one of our favorite cheeses. It’s reach, creamy, and slightly salty with pungent complexity that varies as it ages. At its best I’m not sure that we’ve ever encountered a better soft cheese. (more…)

November 23, 2018

France: Lyon, Restaurant Paul Bocuse

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Banks of the River Saône near Restaurant Paul Bocuse

Just north of Lyon in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or is a culinary attraction; the famous Restaurant Paul Bocuse is located on the right bank of the River Saône about ten kilometers from Vieux Lyon.

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November 20, 2018

France: Lyon, Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse


Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse

Lyon is the gastronomic capitol of France. Every capitol warrants a shrine and in this case its Lyon’s covered market, Les Halles de Lyon. In 2006, after renovations, Lyon’s market shrine was renamed Les Halles de Lyon-Paul Bocuse, honoring the city’s famous chef Paul Bocuse, who passed in January 2018. (more…)

October 7, 2017

Sicily: Palermo 2016

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Visitors tour the roof of Cattedrale metropolitana della Santa Vergine Maria Assunta, Palermo’s cathedral.

Eight years had passed since we visited Palermo. Palermo was far from affluent in 2008. And when returned in December of 2016, it was clear that the intervening time hadn’t helped things. What was then a gritty and rundown city is now grittier and more run down. (more…)

January 30, 2016

Spain: Caceres


 

Plaza Mayor de Cáceres

Plaza Mayor de Cáceres

The Romans founded Cáceres Spain in 25 BC. Following the Romans, the Barbarians, the Visigoths, the Moors, and the Christians occupied Cáceres. Through it all Cáceres’ medieval quarter has remained remarkably intact. Today UNESCO recognizes historic Cáceres for its blend of Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. (more…)

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