18 01, 2016

Food Talk with Mike Colameco on HRN

January 18th, 2016|0 Comments

On last week's broadcast of Food Talk with Mike Colameco on Heritage Radio Network, Chris Struck stopped by to talk about the sensational orange wines of Georgia and I was in the studio to chat about Rome's restaurant scene and the wines of Lazio. HRN is listener-supported radio. If you like what you hear, please [...]

31 12, 2015

Some Drinking Resolutions for 2016

December 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Illustration: Maddie Edgar. By definition, the lives of professional drinkers are fraught with occasional property damage, impaired judgement, and an insatiable thirst for booze knowledge. My illustrious colleague Whitney Adams surveyed the crowd over at PUNCH and here's what we'll be hitting or quitting in 2016. Happy New Year!

22 11, 2015

Beit El Qamar Joins the Souk El Tayeb Family

November 22nd, 2015|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 […]

6 11, 2015

Fendi Funded Trevi Fountain Restoration Complete

November 6th, 2015|3 Comments

If you have every strolled through Rome, you may have noticed that the city’s fountains, church pediments, and palace facades are branded. The Pamphilj family’s dove with three fleurs-de-lis are splashed all over Piazza Navona […]

25 10, 2015

Sfiha, Tannour, and Kibbeh Near Baalbek, Lebanon

October 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Last week during a day trip to Baalbek, my driver Hussien and I stopped for two breakfasts. The first was light (relatively speaking): a thin, crepe-like bread smeared with fresh cheese and honey, then rolled. The second was a bit more substantial: syrup-soaked semolina filled with a soft cheese and stuffed into a sesame seed roll. […]

18 10, 2015

Baalbek, Lebanon and Its Roman Temples

October 18th, 2015|4 Comments

The ancient Temple of Bacchus. On Tuesday, I visited ancient Heliopolis in the city of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon. Thanks to my degree in art history with a concentration in Roman antiquity, I tend to view archeological sites as being divorced from their contemporary surroundings. I think we all do this to some extent. Of the millions of annual […]