I’m participating in a long three-day writing conference in Philadelphia this weekend. It’s my first year attending, and I’m very nervous. Yes, I’m a writer, a poet who sometimes writes song lyrics, and a blogger for eating good foodstuffs. But, am I good? My poet friend Katherine, who’s the vice-president of the New York Poetry… Continue reading Last night of freedom before my writing weekend in Philadelphia: Empress Garden, 108 North 10th St. in Chinatown ; The Franklin Fountain, 116 Market St. at Penns Landing 6/8/17
I’m now cursed. Since I’ve been back to the US, food seems so…bland, processed, not special or succulent at all. Italy has been a piece of Heaven, and now, since I had spent a great amount of time in food Nirvana, where one can bliss with homemade delights made with the freshest ingredients, our stuff now tastes… Continue reading The Hungry Librarian Abroad: To all the dishes I’ve loved before…but I still can’t recall : in Venice (5/17/17), in Florence (5/20/17) and in Sorrento (5/22/17).
It was a gorgeous day at the farm. Very sunny and warm…by the fourth glass of wine, I felt the sun in my bones, but I didn’t care. I was having the best lunch ever, on a beautiful hillside 2 km outside of San Gimignano, at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, a working vineyard/farm in Tuscany. This… Continue reading The Hungry Librarian Abroad: San Gimignano (Tuscany, part 2) : Vineyard lunch: Fattoria Poggio Alloro, Via Saint Andrea, 23, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italia
Happy Doughnut Day! I didn’t have a set plan of attack today; I knew I could probably get a free doughnut somewhere if I was lucky. At the Doughnut Plant, 1 free mini doughnut with sprinkles was offered with your purchase. I tried the new beverage on the menu: Coffee Milk, a cold espresso milk… Continue reading Oh, Doughnut Day: The Doughnut Plant (Long Island City, Queens @ Falchi) and Doughnuttery @ Columbus Circle Turnstyles 6/2/17
This place is meat heaven. Seriously. Any meat you want, you can get it here. And, the skin there is especially prized… In Old Town’s Plazzo Vecchio, besides housing Michelangelo’s David (the fake one; the real one is in Galleria dell’Accademia) and other graphic and erotic sculptures, it’s the home of the biggest open market… Continue reading The Hungry Librarian Abroad: Florence (Tuscany, Italy, part 1) : Entering Meat Town (and … Perche non?), 5/19/17
Third day in Venice is a free day for WTT (Women Traveling Together) so most of us head out in the Venician lagoon towards the islands of Murano, where Venician glass is made, and Burano, where homemade woven lace is created. This is definitely a shopping day. After spending the morning on Murano at the… Continue reading The Hungry Librarian Abroad: Venice, Italy: After glass, before lace. (Cafe Vecio on Burano Island, 5/18/17)
Welcome back to America. I look rested, but I’m acting my ass off. At least, after two days of rest, both my body and brain now registers at EST (Eastern Standard Time), not GMT + 2 (Greenwich Mean Time, plus 2 hours, or CEST = Central European Summer Time). I did experience some memorable meals… Continue reading Recovering from jet lag with BBQ: Rib in a Cup @ Falchi’s, 31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City, Queens 5/30/17