Create Your Own Wine Tasting in Barolo

“This wine is t-shirt and jeans,” says Stefano Moiso, owner of La Vite Turchese, a wine shop and wine bar in the village of Barolo. “And this wine is a fine skirt.” He places two glasses in front of me on the coffee table. Before telling me more, he excuses himself for a couple minutes…

A Sense of Place

Does the food we eat deliver a sense of place? One of the pleasures of traveling is sitting down to a meal that so distinctly represents the place we are visiting that those flavors and aromas tunnel deep into our memory. But what about the food we eat when we aren’t traveling? Can we similarly…

Wine and Cheese 101

Sometimes, wine and cheese can be intimidating. We all have our go-to favorites that we depend on – but what if you want to branch out from safe and maybe slightly-boring choices? When I saw that the New York institution Murray’s Cheese was pairing up with City Winery to give an evening course called ‘Wine…

Great Expectations in Washington DC

Recommendations can be a dangerous thing. Our expectations are inevitably raised, and when a restaurant, attraction, or destination doesn’t deliver, we are more disappointed than if we discovered the place on our own. Fully aware of the risks involved, when I was in Washington DC recently I decided to follow up on a recommendation. Heading…

Pulling Up a Stool at Fallon & Byrne

In the early days of moving to Dublin, a friend stared at me in disbelief when I answered no to the question, ‘Have you ever been to Fallon & Byrne?’ That day we went in for lunch, and passing through the rows of vibrant produce and freshly-baked artisan breads I wondered if I’d been transported…