Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture

It took us too many years to read Bill Buford’s Heat. We’re not huge fans of the Food Network shows, so reading about a chef, just because he’s on TV, isn’t quite to our liking. What incited this reading of Continue reading Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture

Olive Oil Buyer’s Guide: Organic Certification

In part 1 of the Olive Oil Buyer’s Guide, we took a look at the anatomy of a great label on a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. For a refresher, take a look the detailed and revealing look at Continue reading Olive Oil Buyer’s Guide: Organic Certification

Speed Cameras in Italy

Mama mia!  What happened to driving fast in Italy?!?!? All over the place there are speed cameras now.  In most every tiny village, there is one of these things on the side of the road checking your speed.  On the Continue reading Speed Cameras in Italy

Memoirs of Italy

A Month in Medieval Volpaia Tuscany is a charming brief memoir.  Robert  and Patricia Crosby capture their full weeks in September and October. These are the slower days of late summer and early fall, after the tourists have left. Robert Continue reading Memoirs of Italy

Olive Oil Tasting: An Italian in California

We recently traveled to California to take part in the Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil Course presented by the UC Davis Olive Center and the California Olive Oil Council. Have no fear; we have not strayed from our mission to provide exclusively Continue reading Olive Oil Tasting: An Italian in California