Some snaps from the English Lake District, Florence, Bologna, Ravenna and Manchester. Continue reading
La dolce barbecue
We tend to associate carnivorous barbecuing with Argentina (asado), South Africa (braai), Australia (barbie), the US, etc, but in parts of Italy meat is master and cooking it over charcoal or wood is a serious tradition. Think of Tuscany’s famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Continue reading
Campari | Chroma
In which I went on a wine tour
Today in Bristol it’s raining heavily, it’s cool but not cold enough to be satisfying, the leaves are rotting on the pavement, and I’m thinking about drinking good wine with old friends on a hot summer’s day.
Click here to read the not-very-serious spread I published in Alderman Lushington on going on a wine tour in Tuscany.
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
Numero Zero, by Umberto Eco. This review was first published by Shiny New Books. Continue reading
The sweetness of life and the bitter herbs of death: Campari
I first tried Campari with soda. We were sitting outside a restaurant, looking at the menu and thinking about lunch. For a moment the taste was fresh, clean, easily enjoyable; then came the choking bitterness. I drank again, just to make sure. Yes, it really was partially decocted from the bitter herbs of death. So I took the remainder down in one, like medicine. I never thought I’d return to it. Continue reading