Travels and Tastes

Golfera Mortadella of Bologna Image

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.   Written by Leska Tomash – 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…

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. Written by Leska Tomash – But first, let a few esteemed awards do the talking. Now I know that sometimes awards hype up a certain product and do they…

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Greek Superfoods

A look at Mediterranean foods that are cancer preventative, antioxidant rich and loaded-to-the-gills with vitamins and minerals Written by Leska Tomash – We’ve all heard about good fats versus bad, whole foods versus processed, artisanal versus mass-produced. And long dispelled—thank goodness!—is the myth that a low-fat diet is the way to stay healthy. But in order…

Partnership with Vinagres de Yema Image

Partnership with Vinagres de Yema

Sometimes all the details line up just right and a rare and special relationship is forged. Rogers Collection (RC) and the folks behind Vinagres de Yema is one of those times. Que estaba en las estrellas!  It was in the stars. Written by Leska Tomash – Nearly two decades ago, Dick Rogers, the founder of RC, asked…

A Rare Fruit – Manzanilla Cacereña Olives Image

A Rare Fruit – Manzanilla Cacereña Olives

The  Manzanilla Cacereña olives are a variety cultivated exclusively in, and are indigenous to, Sierra de Gata, a small region in the north of Extremadura close to the Portuguese border.  This olive is not widely used to produce oil, yet its flavor profile and temperature charactoristics make an exceptional oil.  The olive can freeze on…

Morgenster Estate: a Historical Treasure Image

Morgenster Estate: a Historical Treasure

The 300-year-old Morgenster Estate is situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West and is renowned for its award-winning Bordeaux-style red wines and extra virgin olive oil.  The Homestead’s six perfectly proportioned gables are acknowledged in the historical records of Cape Dutch architecture. The front ‘holbol’ gable, with its delicate scrollwork and scallop shell apex framing the morning…