Cucina Povera, an Old World Workshop

Along with eleven others and four instructors, I recently attended a Plate 2 Page workshop in the small town of Pistoia, Italy.  We indulged in food, wine, conversation, writing and photography.  The following shares an afternoon experience. ——- Nestled in the Tuscan hills surrounded by olives and vines, colors changing from green to fall, we […]

Hiking in Altea

Some people think about visiting Paris.  I, on the other hand, think about things like eating at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago, drinking a glass of Chateau Yquem, or hiking along the Spanish coastal mountains.  I opted for pizza, vino tinto and breathtaking scenery earlier last week on the Costa Blanca. Altea is a coastal town […]

Quest For a Meal in Granada

In our quest for appetizing authentic food, we avoid establishments with pictures of dishes pasted around the entrance or with plastic menus.  We’ve come to understand authentic doesn’t necessarily mean worthy; it’s a catch phrase.  Throw in reasonably priced and it can be a chore to find that meal.  We did find a few gems […]

Food and Memory- Marguerite´s

Maryellen Burns shares childhood food memories from Sacramento, California.  Not being a native, it´s fascinating to hear about places that have since disappeared.  Thanks Maryellen! For Marcel Proust it was a crumb of Madeline cake dipped in tea that awakened a whole chain of memories.  For Ruth Reichel, it was the comfort of apples.  For […]

Newcastle Produce: Food Lover’s Paradise

You’ve been hearing a lot from Lynn lately, happily gallivanting about Spain for a month, but you haven’t heard much from me in a while. I founded Sacatomato five years ago with Jennifer Cliff and then welcomed Lynn as a co-blogger several years later. As fellow food fanatics, we’re always excited to talk about something […]

Eating Lao at Vientiane

I love to read books set in other countries as a cheap way to travel. One of the most interesting series of books I’ve read lately is Colin Cotterill’s Dr. Siri mysteries set in Laos in the late seventies, when the Communist party took over. The first book is called Coroner’s Lunch. Dr. Siri is […]

Pizza in an Italian Village

There exists an Italian village on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Complete with stone villas, cypress trees, vistas of hills and starlit skies, the aromas of Italian home cooking waft through the streets, all at 71 W. Monroe Street in Chicago.  And it’s called, appropriately enough The Italian Village. Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant established in […]

Great Sacramento Restaurants for Kids

As someone who worked in restaurants for years and loved going to them for decades, I’ve missed them lately. With a three-year-old in tow, it’s not always easy to eat out. But I long ago swore off fast food hamburgers, and it’s not what I crave anyway. When I don’t want to cook for myself, […]

Sushi at Oto’s, The Ray Yamamoto Way

Ray Yamamoto isn’t a celebrity chef, nor does he own a restaurant.  As a child he dreamed of learning to cook French food and becoming a chef.  While his parents, second generation Japanese Americans who moved back to Japan after the war wanted him to go to college, Ray had the cooking bug. “It’s very […]

The Albion Opens Up

The Albion Open, an annual invitational fishing tournament was held the last weekend of July in Albion, California.  My friend Tote who participated this year, shared a few details below, along with great photos.  Being an ocean loving adventurer who’s had scary encounters, I could only imagine his situation. Look close at the picture above.  […]

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