/Wine & Spirits
17 08, 2016

Back in Bozcaada, Turkey

August 17th, 2016|3 Comments

It's been a minute since I last visited Bozcaada, the Greek-turned-Turkish island just southwest of the Dardanelles. It's a longer trip from Istanbul than I remember: 8.5 long hours on an overnight bus that trims the Sea of Marmara, arching counterclockwise from Istanbul's Alibeyköy depot, followed by a lay-over at the Geyikli port before the [...]

13 07, 2016

Where to Eat in Rome in August, 2016 Edition

July 13th, 2016|54 Comments

View Where to Eat in Rome in August in a larger map Visiting Rome in August used to mean eating badly or seldom, but things have changed in recent years (sadly due to the mounting economic crisis which no longer permits many businesses to shutter for a month) and now gastronomic-minded visitors need not compromise. Some great restaurants in Rome will be open for the entire month, so whether you want fine dining, the city’s best gricia, pizza, or some down-home […]

27 04, 2016

Where to Eat, Drink & Shop for Books in North America

April 27th, 2016|2 Comments

One of the many perks of a 22-city book tour includes never being hungry. As I criss-cross the United States and Canada, I get to explore all sorts of incredible regional North American cuisine, cocktails, and craft brewing. Aside from a few sad airport breakfasts, I have been loving the food on the road and [...]

10 03, 2016

Win a Copy Of SPRITZ by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau

March 10th, 2016|5 Comments

My wonderful and talented friends Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, founding editors of PUNCH, made a beautiful book about a beloved beverage and the culture that surrounds it. Spritz will be released into the wild on Tuesday March 15 and I want you to have it. I will be giving away 5 copies of this [...]

4 03, 2016

Les Vignerons Natural Wine Shop Moves to Trastevere

March 4th, 2016|1 Comment

Trastevere's wine scene just got a whole lot more interesting. For years, it has been dominated by Bernabei (not to be confused with the awesome norcino), a retailer and distributor that stocks boring and/or industrial wines and creates banal wine lists for many restaurants in the neighborhood. Bernabei's borderline monopoly isn't going anywhere, but at [...]

25 02, 2016

Spirit of Scotland Whisky Festival in Rome March 5-6

February 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Whisky probably isn't the first beverage you associate with Rome. If it made your top 10 I'd be surprised! But for years there has been a small but active community of whisky lovers in the Italian capital dedicated to promoting the spirit in its various incarnations. I first encountered this culture at the old Emporio [...]

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