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Kentucky in Three Parts: Part 1

Forest Giants at Bernheim, Jim Beam, Bottle and Bond Even after visiting Kentucky a number of times over the years, I hadn’t been to many Bourbon distilleries. So, when my brother and sister-in-law asked me to accompany them to Kentucky, I was more than happy to jump in the car… …grab some delicious kielbasa and ribs en route (Dickey’s Barbecue …

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Quick Weekend in Los Angeles

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying my wife to Los Angeles, where we could spend a few days together sans children (thanks, Moms!), eat some incredible dishes and do some fun things around town. Some of my more memorable food experiences included the decadent sweet potato muffin topped with scorched marshmallow (Republique)… …the flavorful salmon tartine with mint, cucumber, …

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My Trip to Italy – Conclusion

Perhaps I am only posting a “Conclusion” because I posted an “Introduction.” There’s no real purpose from this post… …except to show you some pics I took. Apart from letting you know that this rock is the result of an avalanche that close the road to traffic two years ago… …explaining that these are pizzelle makers… …or showing you a …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 7 – Casadonna Reale – Castel di Sangro

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the third of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy.  In this particular post, I also talk about the hotel and breakfast the following morning. ******************** Just across the way from downtown Castel di Sangro… …sits a former 16th-century monastery called Casadonna… …home of Niko Romito’s 3 Michelin star restaurant Reale, a …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 6 – Lunch at Carlo Ferraioli – Pescara

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the second of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy. ******************** I took a morning bus from Sulmona to Pescara… …and had only a 5 minute walk to my stylish hotel, the Victoria Hotel… I mean, check out my room door! Once checked in, I realized I only had an hour to …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 5 – Dinner at Tre Bocche – Catania

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the first of three posts, featuring my favorite meals during My Trip in Italy. ******************** On my last night in Catania, seven of us went out to eat… …at Ristorante Tre Bocche. Here, the fish greeted you at the door as you walked in… …and you could order it by the kilogram. Many of us were …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 4 – Some Memorable Food

In this post, I will give you a glimpse of some of the more memorable food that I ate during my trip.  Since I can’t decide whether to list the photos chronologically or by course (appetizer, first course, etc.),  I’ll divide them into general categories (ie breakfast, snack, dessert, etc.). Hope this post doesn’t make you too hungry.  If so, …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 3 – Cities Visited

  In this post, I just want to give you an idea of my trip by showing your bits of each city visited in chronological order. If I feel there is a need for more information, I’ll write it under the picture. I hope you enjoy… Sulmona Tuesday, May 8 – Friday, May 11 Pelino Museum (they make confetti similar …

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My Trip to Italy – Part 2 – Catania Street Food Fest

My cousin in Catania had kept an eye out for festivals… …and he was sure to let me know about the Catania Street Food Fest. That morning, after a cappuccino… …and a cream-filled brioche… …we walked along Via Etnea to understand the festival set-up (it wouldn’t start until later that evening)… …referring to a festival map for a plan of …