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Some Florentine Goodness

As most readers may know, I stay away from the sweets in my everyday life. All that really means is that I really binge when I’m on holiday. And Italy is a perfectly reasonable place to binge. We discovered Grom (the gelaterie) in Florence, which really is terrific stuff. And even the totally generic gelato [...]

No Photos!

There are some places they really don’t want you to take pictures of the art. The Accademia in Florence is one of those places. Maybe they want you to buy their postcards of Michelangelo’s David and are afraid you won’t if you’ve taken photos. Maybe they’re afraid that there will just be too much of [...]

Tripe Is About as Good as You’d Guess

The Florentines love their tripe. It’s their go-to sandwich. Just boil that cow stomach, chop it into bits, drop it on a roll, and top with salsa verde. It didn’t look so bad. It didn’t smell so bad. So I took a bite. It didn’t actually taste so bad either. But it sorta squeaked against [...]

We Sort of Failed Siena

I accept responsibility that our experience in Siena wasn’t overwhelmingly positive. I love the idea of Siena very much. It has non-religious frescoes. Giant towers that weren’t built by the Catholic Church. I had been very much looking forward to it. It just got off to a bad start. We thought it was a good [...]

Just Another Gorgeous Shot of Tuscany

Everywhere you go — or vomit — in Tuscany, you’re faced with yet another picturesque view of the countryside. I took dozens of photos of lush rolling hills, precariously perched hill towns, centuries-old farm buildings. Naturally, none of them turned out as beautiful as they looked in person. But maybe it’s my limited skill with [...]

It’s All About Presentation

As I mentioned, in Venice, I got food poisoning. Believe it or not, this wasn’t the cause: What didn’t make me barf (pictured above) is squid and squid ink with polenta. I’ve had squid ink pasta before, and although I wasn’t expecting that, I also wasn’t exactly expecting a plate sopping with a jet black [...]

A Spew With a View

Greetings again, B&E readers. I’m currently sorting through more than 1,200 photos, figuring out what’s worth sharing on this here little site of mine. The morning we left Venice, I ate something that wasn’t good. It was something of the dairy variety, probably yogurt (since that was the only thing I ate that the missus [...]

They Confiscated My Salami

I am in general a rule follower. But I think there’s one I will no longer pay attention to. Because it is stupid. Let’s say, theoretically, you visit Italy. While in Italy, you spend a week at a lovely agritourismo, where you get a tour of a farm, meet the farmers, see how the animals [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – One Flight, Five Airports

Even though Edinburgh airport was closed for the day of our flight, we went for it, hoping against hope that we’d make it back to New York. And goddammit, if arrangements weren’t being made. Continental bussed everyone on our flight from the Edinburgh airport to the Glasgow airport, which was running without delays. Like all [...]

My Thanksgiving Vacation – Refugees

We really had an ambitious travel schedule planned out for the trip. In addition to the wedding, we were stopping in on the missus’ father in the Highlands twice “en route.” The second visit, ostensibly on our way back home, the missus planned a 70th birthday celebration performance afternoon. She played some Bach on her [...]