Feeling La Dolce Vita at Caffe Sicilia in Noto

Peddling the last bit of post-exam celebration out of my system on the elliptical back in April, I decided to watch the (then)-new season of Chef’s Table Pastry on Netflix. I chose the Corrado Assenza episode, which took my soul far from the Rue Fondaudege Basic Fit to the sun-drenched city of Noto in the…

Panadons and Wine at Mas del Boto

I’ve been spending some time in the Priorat as of late, drawn there by both the addictive majesty of that rocky terroir and by my impending thesis deadline. Back in March I paid a visit to my old friend and colleague at Terroir al Limit and stayed in the Cal Compte guesthouse off and on…

A Cozy Dinner at Agriturismo Baglio Lauria

Sometimes all you need is a clean pool with a well-furnished deck and panoramic views of the Sicilian countryside. That’s part of what you get at Baglio Lauria, an agriturismo located in Campobello di Licata in southwestern Sicily. With all the wonderful things to see in Sicily in the North and East (Erice, the beaches…

Sicilian Style Seafood and a Pizza in San Leone

On our first night in the Agrigento region of southwestern Sicily, the lady at our agriturismo recommended for dinner a restaurant named Il Capriccio di Mare in San Leone. We were starving, having only eaten a pane e panelle and a (delicious) arancina stuffed with ground meat and peas in the street market of Palermo…

Two Epic Sandwiches at Caseificio Borderi in Syracuse

We drove fast across the island to Syracuse, where we’d be spending the fourth and final night of our Sicilian vacation. As we approached the Eastern coast, Mt. Etna appeared to the left, its snow-capped top looming like a great cloud or a glacier floating above the towns below. The choice of which way to…

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Logroño

Back in October, I visited Rioja and Navarra on a 2-day INSEEC class trip to learn about Spanish wines. Our group spent the evening in the seminary of Logroño, a rather grim-looking building, which seemed particularly cold after an afternoon of tastings and warm moments with new friends. A quick pre-game with Tempranillo freshly purchased (ex-chateau)…