Travel and Adventure

Gluten Free “Senza Glutine” in Italy!!

We approached our Italian holiday and family wedding with some trepidation...one of our travelling companions had celiac disease. That means that he could not eat anything that contained gluten which includes anything made with regular wheat flour, barley or rye.  It is not an optional restriction, because celiac disease is actually an autoimmune disorder that can cause serious health…

Gluttony Night: The Problem with More

We had just begun the second leg of a two day journey- the trek northward with dog, bikes, supplies and a few gourmet treasures for a New England vacation. The decision to stop in Reading, Pa was practical. It was about halfway to our destination and an early morning start would get us to the ferry by mid-afternoon. I was just getting back into the rhythm of the road when I saw the billboa…

Bites in the Big Apple

I took a short jaunt to NYC to see my daughter..a belated birthday present to myself. Back and forth emails and texts focused mostly on where we would eat. It is what we Goldsteins are in the habit of doing. The first stop was for lunch at Savoy around the corner from Katherine’s office in Soho. Grilled greens, fried duck livers and butternut soup got us off to nice start. After lu…

Oasis

There is something about the vegetation of a desert climate, its stubborn hardiness in the face of unyielding sun and dry, sandy soil that makes its flavors brisk and robust and intense. It is as if by evolution, each plant acquires the skill to gather every nutrient and refine it into a fiercely flavored treasure, a tough and thorny leaf or a neon-colored flower. Oenophiles, too, will oft…