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What Can I Say About Assisi?

The missus was raised to be a good Catholic girl. So naturally, Assisi was on the itinerary. The drive through Tuscany and into Umbria was just stunning. Seriously, though, folks, the drive was mostly beautiful, with a few pockets of industrialism mixed in for good measure. The old city of Assisi is built on a [...]

Non Basta Pasta!

Yes, I give in to peer pressure. If you comment and demand more B&E in your life, I will succumb to your whim. So did I mention that we made pasta? You may have gathered as much based on the olive oil post, assuming you read it. It was fun. And it was part of [...]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil on Everything

Boy, the Italians sure do love their olive oil. Especially their extra virgin olive oil. The agritourismo where we stayed was home to one of Tuscany’s oldest olive groves. In the 80s, a massive frost killed off many of Italy’s olive groves. Not this one: To continue to produce fruit, olive trees need pruning every [...]

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 [...]