Food & Drink, France, What's Happening, Wine

NIGHT-TIME HARVESTING AT MONTCALM

There’s a sign by a small field surrounded by vines being baked by the hot summer sun of southern France, that reads … ‘You are welcome to camp here, but be warned, we harvest at night!’ The sign can be found at the organic vineyard Domaine de Montcalm found just to the west of the iconic Camague national park in southern France.

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Food & Drink, Italy, Review, Travel & Places

GOAT HERDING FOR SEASONAL CHEESE

Gazelle. “That one over there,” says Renato Maunero, “she’s called Gazelle.” He was pointing to a nanny goat struggling to keep up with the rest of the 70 or strong herd and they grazed their way through a glade in the fields just south of the Piemonte hilltop towns of Cherasco and La Morra in […]

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Food & Drink, Italy, Review, What's Happening

A passion for fire and heat

We called him our ‘Renaissance Man’! Need a DJ for a  party … call Giovanni. Need a website building … call Giovanni. Need a BBQ firing up … call Giovanni! And so, with the United Kingdom celebrating National BBQ Week, who else was I going to call, but … Giovanni. Also known as Blushu, Giovanni […]

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Food & Drink, Italy, Recipes, What's Happening

White beans of Liguria

Hidden behind cardboard boxes of polenta and rice and alongside flimsy plastic bags of dried pasta lay a smallish cotton bag full of magic beans, known in the Italian province as Fagiolo Bianco di Conio, White Beans of Conio. This drawer sits in a cupboard in my Italian kitchen, in a small town about an […]

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