Travels and Tastes

So healthy the benefits have been certified! Image

So healthy the benefits have been certified!

Biolea Greek olive oil earns EU Certification for high levels of polyphenols—meaning great taste and great for you One of our earlier blogs titled “Greek Superfoods” highlighted—you guessed it—Greek foods that are indeed super, on many counts. One item on the list was the Greek olive oil Biolea (pronounced Bee-oh-lay-ah) for its excellence in artisanal…

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Introducing Arturo Sanchez

The passion, dedication and skill of the Sanchez family date back to the late 19th century when they started to cure pork in the Candelario mountains of Spain—the legendary site of production for the hams and sausage of the Royal House of Spain. Later, the Sanchez family established their Iberian meat company in Campillo de…

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New Products for Rogers Collection: Monnalisa Pecorinos by Salcis

I’ll get to the cheese, but first we have to talk a little about meat. Originally a salami producer, Salcis— an acronym for Societa Anonima Lavorazione Carni Insaccati Siena—was founded in 1941 during World War II  as a way to unify all the Tuscan Salami producers in the area of Siena. The society is owned,…

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Making the exceptional even more so with Marqués de Valdueza mill improvements

Marqués de Valdueza’s New Mill Improvements When you already make a world-class olive oil like Marqués de Valdueza, how do you go above and beyond and make the exceptional, well, even more exceptional? Let’s just say it’s kind of high-tech and it involves things like “milking” procedures, a tree-to-deposit milling system, friction reduction and improved…

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Gentile and Ravida at Solo Italiano, Portland ME

A Dinner with Gentile and Ravida at Solo Italiano with Chef Paolo Laboa In a time of big, global business, it sometimes seems that human connections get swallowed up by massive-scale commerce. What happened to people knowing your name? Can family businesses still thrive in this competitive market where speed and low-cost reign supreme over…

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Golfera Mortadella of Bologna

Deep silence and wide-eyed stares often follow the first delicate, velvety taste as the flavors of coriander, white pepper and anise unfold.  All over the United States, time and time again, Italian expatriate chefs finally find the words which are always a variation on the same sentiment: “I am brought back to my childhood.  To…

Pastificio Gentile the Golden Pasta! Image

Pastificio Gentile the Golden Pasta!

  Pastificio Gentile first opened its doors in 1876 and is one of the only remaining historic, artisanal pasta producers that helped to establish Gragnano as the city of pasta. Today, Gentile remains a small family owned company.  Pastificio Gentile – 26 Pasta Cuts Available 100% Native Italian Semolina The selected semolina wheat used in this pasta is…

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Flower of the Oil

“Once, I dropped in and mentioned that I’d been to Baena to see the Núñez de Prado brothers. His eyes widened. It was as though I’d told a country Imam that I had just returned from Mecca.” So reads a reference in Mort Rosenblum’s book “The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit” to the…

Historic Olives – Ravida’s 300 Year Old Trees Image

Historic Olives – Ravida’s 300 Year Old Trees

In a minute, we will get to Ravida Olive Oil’s rich family history, the Sicilian estates’ 300 year-old olive oil trees and the insanely delicious flavor profile. But first, let a few esteemed awards do the talking. Now I know that sometimes awards hype up a certain product and do they really mean anything? Well,…