Recommendations of hotels, B&Bs and self catering apartments.

22 11, 2015

Beit El Qamar Joins the Souk El Tayeb Family

November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Accommodations, Lebanon, Travel|0 Comments

Make food, not war. It’s a simple imperative with undeniable gravity in Lebanon, a small but ethnically diverse country that was ravaged by political and religious conflicts for three decades. This catchy slogan is accompanied by a half-bomb, half-fish logo perfect for slapping on a canvas bag or printing on a […]

4 09, 2015

Where to Stay In Rome

September 4th, 2015|Categories: Accommodations, Rome & Lazio|17 Comments

La Casa di Amy offers budget accommodations in the Esquiline district. Updated! The dollar to euro rate could be better, but it is enjoying a relatively favorable exchange recently, so why not book a trip to Rome? There are thousands of accommodations to choose from, ranging from dingy hostels to overblown 5-star luxury hotels. Narrowing down the options can seem daunting, so here […]

17 12, 2014

Abruzzo’s Ventricina del Vastese Salami

December 17th, 2014|Categories: Abruzzo, Accommodations, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Restaurants, Travel|4 Comments

Grossolana. The word has a ring to it in Italian that it could only dream of in its English incarnation (in which it translates as “coarse”). Say it with me: grossssssolana! Few words are so fun to say and I can’t help but think that this linguistic affection contributes to my love of ventricina del Vastese […]

27 11, 2014

Hotel Review: DOM Hotel In Rome

November 27th, 2014|Categories: Accommodations, Press & Articles, Rome & Lazio|0 Comments

A very pricey cocktail in progress on the roof of the new-ish DOM Hotel. The DOM Hotel, a five-star luxury retreat, opened on Via Giulia in central Rome a little less than a year ago. The place is a good value, in relation to its category, and the location is hard to beat. I weigh [...]

24 07, 2013

L’Auberge de Chassignolles

July 24th, 2013|Categories: Accommodations, Food & Wine, France, Travel, Wine & Spirits|11 Comments

There aren’t many vineyards around Chassignolles, a miniscule village in the Auvergne. The surroundings are dominated, instead, by vast pine forests and verdant pastures where cows lumber and sheep graze. Yet the sparsely inhabited medieval hamlet is a magnet for wine drinkers who gather […]

20 07, 2012

Hotel Review: Coppola’s Palazzo Margherita in Basilicata

July 20th, 2012|Categories: Accommodations, Basilicata, Travel|7 Comments

Back in March, Mamma Parla and I took a trip to Basilicata, one of our southern Italian ancestral homelands. We traced family roots, visited a deserted city, and checked out Francis Ford Coppola's newest resort. Check out my review of the place in this Sunday's NYT Travel section.