Beatnik Bar and Restaurant

When I dined there we enjoyed chicken wings from a local farm served with chicken feet – this is a common delicacy in some cuisines but an exciting and unusual choice for the Station North crowds. My companions enjoyed some in-house cocktails – the bar makes all their own mixes including a refreshing ginger-lime syrup and some homemade ice cream.



F.E.A.S.T (Food Entertaining as Specious Theatre) Connoting the Last Supper and tangentially reminding me of…


Small Foods

It turns out there’s something unexpectedly gratifying about miniaturized cuisine. I attended Small Foods 2012…

La Figa-featured

Prudish America?

I am from Italy, which is known as one of the most romantic countries in Europe, a destination for lovers who come to visit from all over the world. So, perhaps I have a slightly different perspective on how Americans express themselves, particularly with regard to romance and sensuality. In Italy, we embrace these concepts in everything we do – the way we dress, the way we cook, the way we dine, and the way we live. In America however, I sometimes sense a split personality with regard to these concepts. More specifically, I think we sometimes confuse our sensuality with sexuality, and as a result, try to keep both of them hidden for fear of corrupting our children. My point is, there is a difference.


Baltimore, New Mexico

“Chili Peppers” is kind of misnomer, since chilies are not peppers, but everyone calls them that anyway, so okay. Second, no one agrees on how to spell Chili, or Chile, or Chilie, or Chilis, or Chilies, including me, so I just sort of spell it whatever way I want. Third, despite the competition the ubiquitous bottled hot sauces with funny labels seem to be in over what sauce is the hottest, eating chilies is not about the heat! You can grow them and buy them hot, medium or mild, whatever you like, but the subtle flavors (and sort of psychotropic properties) are what make eating chilies magical.