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”

Insider's Guide to a Day in Turin

The Grand Wine Tour | Insider’s guide to a day in Turin

I’m often asked, “I’m coming into Turin for a day, what can I do when I’m there?” When I can’t convince them they should spend more time here, I hand over a list of sites they should see and where they should get gelato. I finally organized my top suggestions into a day guide for Turin, published on The Grand Wine Tour. It’s a pretty packed day, … Continue reading The Grand Wine Tour | Insider’s guide to a day in Turin

Carnevale di Santhià

The oldest Carnevale in Piemonte

We return with Blogging Piemonte, the group of bloggers based in Piemonte writing about our (mostly) expat & (some) local lives here. This month’s theme is Carnevale!

In the US, Carnevale is something that happens down in New Orleans for a day or two. Lots of beads, everything is green and purple, people basically drink and play music all day—that was my impression (clearly, I never went to New Orleans for Carnevale or otherwise). Continue reading “The oldest Carnevale in Piemonte”

The Basic Rules of Italian Food

I wanted to write a post about Italian food rules—everything from the when to drink cappuccino to the correct way to eat your spaghetti (I’ll tell you now: no cutting!). However, I’m far from being an authority. So I went to a friend and fellow blogger, Paolo Rigiroli of Disgraces on the Menu, who is a bona fide italiano living in Canada. He had an even better idea.

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A Journey through Italy with Pasta

I’m going on a pasta journey to discover Italy’s cuisine.

Italy’s culinary diversity has always surprised me. I learned about it back in Italian classes in college before I’d studied abroad. “Every region has its own traditions and dishes,” our professor said. I understood her words, but I didn’t fully comprehend her meaning until I started living in Italy. Continue reading “A Journey through Italy with Pasta”