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I thought I knew olive oil. I was wrong.

I thought I knew olive oil. In fact I’ve always sort been an olive oil snob, willing to pay extravagant prices for “the good stuff”, most often from Italy, Spain or Greece, but Famiglia Creanza Olive Oil…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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Naples: Authentic, Gritty + Raw

When my friends and I decided to go to Naples we were warned by others who had visited not to stay for too long because it was gross, dirty and disgusting. To the contrary we found Naples an authentic Italian experience…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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The Sunday Sauce: Neapolitan Ragu & Braciole

From noble stock? Not I. But I’m comforted personally by the notion we’re all dirt-digging peasants with appetites base and common. After all, many of the world’s proudest culinary traditions came into being as…

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Posted by: on Saturday, September 10th, 2011
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The Real Amalfi

Today’s guest post is by Gen Handley. After retiring as a high school teacher after one, very long year, Gen decided to pursue the craft of writing instead of teaching it to future generations. He has since…

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Posted by: on Thursday, May 19th, 2011
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Offally Pretty 2: Lampredotto and Trippa Carts

The biggest bummer about wandering the markets while travelling is not having a kitchen to cook the enticing ingredients in.  My eyes sparkled when I saw the lovely innards displayed proudly throughout Mercato Centrale…

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Posted by: on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
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Offally Pretty 1: San Lorenzo Mercato Centrale, Florence

Offal, in the form of animal innards or refuse bits, bounced back to the top of the food trend ladder. Woohoo! Go, North America. In many regions around the world, offal is neither novel nor a delicacy; it’s just a…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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Diary of a Foodie

Foodists, foodie….whatever you wanna be called, it’s people who love food. Really love it. They can have long conversations criticizing, rhapsodizing and just plain obsessing about it. Sound familiar? On one of my…

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Posted by: on Friday, May 29th, 2009
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I scream for…

…Ice cream! Gelato actually. As someone who owns and fairly regularly uses his ice cream maker, I’ve got a great appreciation for what goes into a quality ice cream or gelato. This is both a good and a bad…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
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Work That Gelato. Work It!

After a very long day of arriving in Florence recently – three flights from Norway, a train from Bologna to our destination, and a final hike to our hotel – Kristil and I arrived feeling tired, grimy and in…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
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