North End Blog

My Food Trends for 2015

I love reading what the food and restaurant industry as well as food entrepreneurs predict for yearly food trends. So I’ve taken the liberty to make my own forecast for what I would like to see trending in the New Year. Here’s my list and yes…there is a theme:

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Italian Magic Potions to Begin or Top Off A Lusty Meal

Over the past decade Italian food, wine and life style have permeated our lives. Have you ever wondered about all those beautiful Italian bottles lined up behind the bar, or picked up a wine list to see the headings “Aperitif”, “Grappa”, or “Amaro”?

These are consumed in a ritual fashion either before or after the meal to prepare for or aid the digestive process. … [Read More]

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, … [Read More]

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 grow, … [Read More]

Mediterranean Lifestyle

January is all about fresh starts. Whose resolutions haven’t included eating better, exercising more, quitting smoking, or participating in more cultural activities? My resolution is to adopt Italy’s Mediterranean lifestyle. Italians have long been envied for their rich, celebratory lifestyle, but it’s the simple elements of well-being in lifestyle and diet that have made their culture one of the healthiest and most respected. … [Read More]