Josh, my bartender for the evening at the Napoleon House in the French quarter of New Orleans, Mixes me my third Sazerac cocktail. I had many plans to cruise Bourbon street and check out as many clubs as possible, but how could it get any better than where I was? […]
At the restaurant El Portalon, founded in the 15th century as a staging post in the historic district of Vitoria-Gasteiz, I experienced the beauty of sharing food at a Basque table. They were simple presentations, sometimes of only one ingredient adorned with olive oil and salt. Each was at the […]
Chef Ignacio Echapresto and his sommelier brother, Carlos Echapresto opened Venta Moncalvillo restaurant 25 years ago in their home town of Daroca de Rioja. The rustic farmhouse was renovated to accommodate the first-class kitchen and has a fantastic selection of wines in its cellar of over 600 labels and over […]
I just returned from a culinary and wine assignment in The Basque Country and La Rioja, Spain. First stop, two pintxo (Tapas) bars in Bilbao; El Globo and La Viña de Ensanche. Pintxos are exquisite little flavor bombs. Wash them down with a glass of funky Basque sidra or the […]
Wells Provisions. Last week, I was supposed to take a trip to New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana, and had to cancel the trip. I was none too happy about it. Diane and I had heard about a couple of cooks from New Orleans who opened a place in Charlemont, Mass. […]
Here is a LINK to my new story on Asturias, Spain. I was lucky to travel when I did before the recent surge of COVID. What an amazing and tasty place. Post Production Services
It was an honor to work with Northampton Neighbors on the 2021 year in review. Here is a LINK to the full report and member portraits.
In the Valle de Avila, at the small village of las Vegas de Toro in Asturias, a shepherd pauses with dogs after bringing his sheep down from the mountains. The English sheepdog and border collie herd the sheep, but the large Mastiff protects them against wolves. He wears a […]