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!
2012 Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Trocken, Nahe, Germany ($35)
Among the rather affordable dry wines in 2012 (for Donnhoff makes wines at many price levels, and many dry-to-sweet levels), this was my favorite price/quality ratio. The wine comes from the Kahlenberg vineyard, near the big town of Bad Kreuznach on the east side of the Nahe; due to its southern exposure, loamy soil, and cold nights, the vineyard is considered by many to be Kreuznach’s finest vineyard.
In the new world of creative, designer ice creams, the plain old chocolate stuff is not good enough for everybody any more. Is this a bad thing? Not when it leads to the “burnt” chocolate ice cream I tasted in Napa Valley recently!
2013 Vena Rossa Gutturnio Classico Superiore, Castello di Luzzano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
I’ve just had the most wonderful wine trip through the hills south of the Emilian city of Piacenza–the wine-growing region known as the Colli Piacentini. There are many local wine specialties I’d never even heard of…white and red, frizzante and still. Perhaps my favorite of all is a red blend made from Barbera and Bonarda, usually 60% to 40%, called Gutturnio.
These wonderful deep-fried chick-pea balls, staples of the Middle Eastern street, have become staples of the New York street as well! There are stands all over mid-town Manhattan selling thousands of them at lunch every day. Sometimes they can be dry and pebbly, but the following recipe gives you wonderfully moist falafel; sometimes they can be under-spiced or over-spiced, but the following recipe gives you a perfect balance of spice flavors and chick-pea flavors.
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