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Artisan Food
By Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario My passion for cheese came to me through being struck by Cupid’s Arrow. As a former advertising executive, I entertained my clients regularly. I took a client to a fundraiser for Slow Food, it was a cheese tasting. I tasted a cheese made by a small Wisconsin cheesemaker...
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Antica Macelleria Falorni is the oldest butcher shop in Italy. In 1729 Gio Batta founded the Macelleria Falorni Butchers in Greve Italy. In 1840 the word Antica which means ancient was added and still hangs today. It’s in the Chianti region of Tuscany. Through the generations the techniques, recipes and “secrets” to the incredibly high-quality products...
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A foodie haven has opened it’s doors in Santa Barbara, the new Public Market located on the corner of Victoria and Chapala. For those of you familiar with the Ferry Building in San Francisco, this is like a mini version of it. There are a host of purveyors ranging from freshly made pastas to locally...
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It was a gorgeous clear day when I arrived at Pier 3 in Avila Beach, CA. I walked down the long pier past the pelicans and some other vendors to the end where I found the Old Port Fisheries Company. I found Mike, whom I had been corresponding with via email and asked him to...
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When one thinks about Rioja Alavesa, we think about red Rioja wine. And indeed this was true until recently. The Rioja region is one of the oldest and best known for wine in Spain. The earliest known record dates back to 873 A.D. In decades past, wines were designed to age long term 15 to...
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Florence Italy is a beautiful city filled with history, renaissance architecture, and rich culinary traditions. It was home to the Medici family whose influence you can see throughout the city in its art and architecture. The city is easy to walk around and you can lose yourself amongst the piazzas,  streets, and shops. Take a stroll along the Arno River...
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RJ Balson’s bacon is not merely any British Bacon, it is a piece of history, dating back to the time of King Henry the VIII. I can just imagine what it must have been like back in the time when RJ Balson and Sons opened their doors in 1535. A family of butchers passing down...
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The first thing you notice about The Old Place is the smell of the oak grill wafting in the air, luring you in and whetting your appetite for a great meal. Located in the former town of Cornell it was originally Hanks country store and the post office was in the back. It was bought...
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San Sebastian (aka Donostia, in Basque) has become one of the culinary capitals of Spain. It has a rich turbulent early history which finally gave way in the later 1800s and became a summer resort for royalty and many other well-known figures. Also during this time, the phenomenon of Basque gastronomical societies (txoko in Basque)...
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  I had the opportunity to enter a recipe competition sponsored by New Belgium Brewing. I figured I’d give it a shot and see if I was one of the lucky ones that would be chosen. I checked out their website and found out that the only beer I was familiar with was Fat Tire. I was...
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