Travel


Verbier, Zermatt, Crans Montana, Davos, Klosters, Gstaad, Saint Moritz….. These are all famous Swiss alpine resorts, hangouts for the rich, the famous, and lots more. But Switzerland is littered with smaller resorts little known outside the country, or sometimes even their own Swiss canton. These places have much to offer anyone contemplating a winter alpine vacation. They are usually free of the…

When most of us think of the Côtes du Rhône we imagine an area beginning south of Lyon and ending south of Avignon, home to Croze Hermitage, Gigondas, Tavel, Beaujoulais, Condrieu and Chateauneuf du Pape. Few realize if you leave Lyon and follow the river upstream there is a plethora of other fascinating and little known wine…

I stumbled upon the Valposchiavo quite by accident several years ago after a research trip to the Italian Valtellina for Piano. I was looking for buckwheat or grano saraceno. Buckwheat is the noble cereal that has fed this alpine region for centuries but sadly very little is grown here today. I’d heard one might still…

Between what we get from the property and our hunter friends who supply us with more we have a lot of game at Petraia. That’s why it wasn’t until recently I finally made the pilgrimage to this legendary place to eat it. I’d been hearing about Il Baracchino for years. The trattoria is just outside the small mountain…

The biggest highlight of our trip was seeing so many real cows with horns grazing contentedly in their high summer pastures.  Cows, essential creatures for the perfect implementation of  biodynamic agriculture have long been a fascination for us.   This photo essay by Michael gives credence to the majesty of these beautiful beasts and also perhaps a glimpse…

It’s long been a dream of ours to traverse the alps on this famous route. The road was built in the first part of the last century so early motor car enthusiasts could drive across the highest passes in the French alps, from Lake Leman to Nice. This year, to celebrate Michael’s birthday, we finally made it…

Those of you who been following this blog for awhile probably know I love spending time in the Alps and in particular the Haute-Savoie. This département of France is breathtaking, home to the Val d’Abondance, the lakes Annecy & Leman, Mont Blanc and the haunting Aravis massif. It’s also the place where much of France’s most interesting cooking is happening at…

  Semolina Bread from Sicily (Adapted from Piano, Piano, Pieno: Authentic Food From a Tuscan Farm)   As one ventures into the mezzogiorno or southern Italy, bread takes on a golden aspect as if it has spent more time in the sun than its northern cousins. This is especially true in Sicily where much of…

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