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Photos: Cinque Terre

ITALY | Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Photo Gallery

My experience as a Food Explorer on the Passport & Plate journey to Cinque Terre.
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La Fine (e Il Vino)

ITALY | Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | Views [1270]

The most perfect week of my life has come to a close and there’s a train ticket on my table with tomorrow’s date on it. I’m telling myself to get excited for Parma, my next travel destination and the beginning of my first ever ... Read more >

Tags: hiking, tourism, wine


How to Spend a Day in Paradise

ITALY | Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | Views [759]

I’d been gazing at the beautiful terraced vineyards across from my hotel balcony all week, so when I woke up this morning to a wonderfully wide open blank on the schedule, I took my opportunity to go for a hike. After climbing the countless, ... Read more >

Tags: cook, hike, swim


Focaccia and Cookies: A Day in the Kitchen

ITALY | Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | Views [841]

At 5:00 this morning another of my culinary dreams came true – I baked my first real focaccia. Though it was still dark out and I hadn’t quite yet rubbed the sleep from my eyes, the sight of several loaves baking already assured me that there ... Read more >

Tags: baking, bread, cookies, kitchen


Over the Mountain, Through the Garden and Off to a Wine Tasting

ITALY | Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | Views [689]

A trip to Cinque Terre isn’t complete without hiking from one town to another at some point. At home in California, I hike almost every month, sometimes every weekend if I can. I’d heard about the trails in Cinque Terre and had been ... Read more >

Tags: garden, hiking, wine tasting


Two Fishermen Named Beppe and a Ride on the Monorail

ITALY | Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | Views [1785] | Video

I think that the only way to truly understand Cinque Terre is to spend a day out on a boat with a local fisherman. Luckily, I had the chance to do this. Unluckily , I tend to get seasick just looking at a boat. Nevertheless, I left Monterosso this ... Read more >

Tags: boating, fishing


Lemons & Anchovies

ITALY | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | Views [2875] | Video

I’m starting to feel like a regular at the Aristide café in Manarola and, in fact, breakfast is something I look forward to every night as much for the food as for the experience. Sitting at my little table out front, I watch the people ... Read more >

Tags: anchovies, cooking, lemons


Lessons on Dry-Stone Walls, Ravioli and Wine

ITALY | Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | Views [3161] | Video

First, a bit of background… All across Cinque Terre, the hills are lined with rows of short stonewalls – some are neat and orderly, others are overgrown with plants; in many places, the walls have crumbled into mere piles of rocks. Were ... Read more >

Tags: baking, building, cinque terre, honey, olive oil, ravioli, walls


My First 24 Hours in Manarola

ITALY | Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | Views [1435]

My life whole I have wanted to come down the stairs of an airport escalator and be greeted by someone holding a paper with my name printed on it. It seemed to me that this was the epitome of glamour, the indication of an exciting adventure. Yesterday, ... Read more >

Tags: cinque terre, hiking, manarola, seafood, trekking, vineyards, wine


The Ticket

USA | Friday, 30 May 2014 | Views [911]

If someone had approached me a few months ago and asked: If you could have one wish, one just-for-you, dream-come-true wish, what would it be? I would’ve answered: Travel the world on a journey solely devoted to eating. Maybe you ... Read more >

Tags: airport, dream, excitement, food, italy


Photos: Passport & Plate - Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

USA | Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients: - 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for muffin tin - 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for muffin tin - 2 teaspoons baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract -... Read more >
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