Travels and Tastes

Pio Tosini: Our Interview with Giovanni Bianchi Image

Pio Tosini: Our Interview with Giovanni Bianchi

“The company is 115 years old and sometimes you literally feel the weight, the call, and the challenge of those who ran the company before us,” says Giovanni Bianchi, grandson to Pio Tosini, who currently runs the family business along with his cousin, also grandson to Pio, Nicola Tosini.   Recently, Giovanni and I conducted an…

Artisan Malt Vinegar from Coverack, Cornwall (UK) Image

Artisan Malt Vinegar from Coverack, Cornwall (UK)

Malt vinegars have become linked–if not exclusively, primarily–to fish-and-chips over the years. And it’s true: a dash, or a douse, if you prefer, is an essential and delicious enhancement to fish-and-chips. However, the times, they are a’ changin’ for malt vinegars.  And a good, artisanal  malt vinegar like Artisan Malt Vinegar? Winner of Taste of…

A Return to the Land for Moncedillo Image

A Return to the Land for Moncedillo

The half-wheels of Moncedillo Original and Red cheese sit on a wooden cutting board on my countertop at home… …I putter around my apartment for a bit, letting the cheese come up to room temperature. I slice a small wedge of each and place them completely unadorned on a small white plate. I pour a…

Quintana Mahón: A Special Cheese from Menorca Image

Quintana Mahón: A Special Cheese from Menorca

“To refer to Mahón-Menorca cheese is to speak of dedication, tradition and respect for the environment, culture and customs from Menorca Island.” –Quintana family, master cheese ripening affinadores. First, a quick geography lesson and run-down on Mahón cheese. Mahón is the capital and port of Menorca, Spain, the most northerly of the Balearic Islands–and little…

La Cabezuela cheeses: what dreams are made of! Image

La Cabezuela cheeses: what dreams are made of!

“We believe strongly in the necessity to recover the good food, traditions [and] history of our territory…through its amazing cheese.” Juan Luis Royuela, co-owner and director of Quesos La Cabezuela Sometimes words like passion, determination, focus and commitment get tossed around rather casually, and sometimes they get put into concrete action and a dream can…