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Celebrating the New Pecan Crop

Italians start to go crazy this time of year over “the new oil,” pressed from freshly harvested olives. In Wichita Falls, Texas, the new pecan crop generates a similar kind of delight. If you don’t have a pecan tree in your front yard, it’s time to make your way to the Pecan Shed to stock [...]

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Tue, November 22 2011 » Eggs and Cheese » No Comments

Restaurant Etiquette in Italy

Eating out is, undeniably, one of the reasons many of us go to Italy.  And the experience can be even more rewarding when you conform, if only while there, to their cultural habits rather than ours. Five things I recommend NOT doing in an Italian restaurant: Show up early for dinner. Yes, you can probably [...]

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Tue, November 15 2011 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle » No Comments

Tipping in Italy

How much should you leave following a pleasant meal in an Italian trattoria? It’s perfectly correct to leave nothing at all. That’s hard for travelling Americans to accept, wired as we are to add a 20% gratuity (on average) to any restaurant check. More than once I’ve witnessed tourists pressing money into a waiter’s hand. [...]

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Tue, November 1 2011 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle » 1 Comment