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When Less is More

Pumpkin spice lattes, Ranch dressing flavored popcorn, Sriracha flavored mac and cheese. Where will it stop? I just saw a commercial for Dunkin Donuts cookie dough flavored iced coffee. Really? Cookie dough flavored coffee? - What is it with Americans inability to leave well ...[read more]
Posted by: | Posted on: Apr 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

China’s Beaujolais Nouveau

Each year, in early April, Chinese throughout the world celebrate Qing Ming, a day devoted to the ancestors. For the Chinese, the best way to assure future good fortune is to make sure that the ancestors are happy-and well fed! Qing Ming is an unusual day among Chinese festivals ...[read more]
Posted by: | Posted on: Mar 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Festa di San Giuseppe and Zeppole

In Italy la festa dei papa, the equivalent of Father's Day, falls on March 19, the feast of San Giuseppe (St. Joseph), the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. Italians celebrate with special foods and gifts from the children to their Babbo (Daddy in Tuscany, Sardinia...[read more]
Posted by: | Posted on: Mar 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

National Pistachio Day

- Wednesday, February 26th is National Pistachio Day here in the States, and although we love pistachios in any way, shape and form, there is no place on earth that produces pistachios superior to those from Bronte, in Sicily. Sicily is the only place in Italy where pistachios ...[read more]
Posted by: | Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Welcoming the Warmth of Spring

Although February 14th is Valentine's Day here in the States, in China and throughout most of Asia, people are winding up the Lunar New Year Celebration on the first full moon of the Lunar New Year with the Lantern Festival. One of the largest is taking place in Pingxi, on the ...[read more]
Posted by: | Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 | Comments (0)