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Searching for French Food in Paris

I recently visited Paris for the first time in 10 years and concluded that it’s not a slamdunk to find French food here. Or at least that it’s as easy to graze from the global smorgasbord as to dine à la français. My first clue that things had changed came when, asked about nearby restaurants, the [...]

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Tue, June 19 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Homemade Taralli and Other Italian Gifts

A friend who, bless her heart, bought seven copies of my cookbook for holiday gifts wanted to tuck in some Italian ingredients that could be used in the recipes. She’d already settled on little packets of pistachios, almonds and pine nuts, but asked for other ideas. I suggested some other go-withs that are easily shipped: [...]

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Fri, December 9 2011 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Wine and Beverages » No Comments

Cocktail Therapy at Boston’s Drink

On the way to Logan Airport the other day, we stopped at Drink, Boston’s destination bar for craft cocktails. It’s an anything-but-squalid basement lair located under Sportello (both are owned by restaurateur Barbara Lynch) designed to indulge cocktail fantasies. There’s a respectable wine and beer list but ordering from it seems depressingly unimaginative. Ditto for [...]

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Thu, December 1 2011 » Wine and Beverages » No Comments