Moqueca (Bahian Seafood Stew)

Regional Brazilian restaurants are still not hot, hot, hot in the U.S.—but the buffet bars at the fairly popular Brazilian BBQ places are giving lots of Americans a broader taste of Brazilian cuisine. The management of these restaurants, perhaps anticipating someone in the party who doesn’t eat meat, often provides a fish stew on the buffet—and, more often than not, it’s a Bahian-style stew called moqueca.

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Passion for Piacenza: Delicious Food for Real Gourmands…And Wonderful Wine for Real Wine-Drinkers!

In October 2013, I fell head-over-heels in love with the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. In April 2014, I had the opportunity to extend that romance a little westward…still in Emilia-Romagna…to the great city and province of Piacenza. Emilia-Romagna’s a big place, and, lordy, covering it all would take a long time.

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WINE MONDAY: David’s Wine of the Week

2011 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Drum Canyon Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, California ($44)

The Sta. Rita Hills—also known as the Santa Rita Hills—is a cool growing area in Santa Barbara, but to the west of the usual spots, closer to the ocean. The Drum Canyon Vineyard was snapped up a few years ago by a Pinot producer of some note, Dierberg—and now their Pinots, like this one, are of even greater note!

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Spanakorizo (Greek Rice With Spinach)

You can serve this simple dish very simply, as a side dish to roast lamb (or roast most anything). But some Greeks like to get a little fancier with it—topping it with a dollop of yogurt, or curls of shaved feta, or even a sunny-side-up fried egg. If you choose the latter route, you might consider serving the whole she-bang as a first course.

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Report from Fair Verona…and Fair Piacenza!

Just back from amazing nine days in northern Italy…here’s a little photo gallery of some highlights, including salumi, vino, pasta, and so much more!

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