Taleggio, Salva, Strachitunt

Runaway cheese and tasting classes

At the University of Gastronomic Sciences, some of my favorite classes were tasting classes. Not just because this meant eating chocolate for breakfast or drinking wine all afternoon, but because the lessons taught us what good quality means. Continue reading “Runaway cheese and tasting classes”

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Cappuccino. Photo by Sergey Zolkin, Unsplash

The Grand Wine Tour | Cheat sheet to Italian coffee culture

On October 1, it was the world’s second annual International Coffee Day. I’ve written about coffee previously on my blog (The differences between American coffee & Italian caffè, and the fun Blogger Exchange), but those don’t get into the intricacies of ordering a caffè at the bar, or the etiquette and “rules” of paying for one. And when you come to Italy, a caffè should be the first … Continue reading The Grand Wine Tour | Cheat sheet to Italian coffee culture

Chinotto. Photo by Maurizio Zanetti

The Grand Wine Tour | The cult of Chinotto, Italy’s national soda

I have this thing for bitterness. I love bitter foods, I take my coffee black and my caffé without sugar (macchiato, please), and Italian after-dinner spirits, amari (bitters)are my thing. So it’s no surprise I love the Italians’ “national” soda, chinotto. Continue reading “The Grand Wine Tour | The cult of Chinotto, Italy’s national soda”

Espresso, photo from Death to the Stock Photos

The differences between American coffee, espresso, and Italian caffè

Caffè is an essential part of Italian life. A shot of this intense brew is a daily ritual: in the morning with a cappuccino at the bar (Italian word for coffee shop), amaro or macchiato mid-morning, after lunch, mid-afternoon, and after a big dinner. Additional shots in between are optional. Continue reading “The differences between American coffee, espresso, and Italian caffè”