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alex's place

When I was assigned to write a profile of Istanbul’s cocktail culture and its foremost figure, Alex Waldman, over a year ago, the city was utterly different than it is today. Before the Gezi Park Protests, a piece pontificating on the virtues of nigella seed syrup and lamenting the dearth of Sherry in Turkey had its place. But in (more…)

pizza champagne pizzarium

This morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition, I spoke to host Scott Simon about which beverages to pair with pizza during Sunday’s Superbowl XLVIII festivities. I eat tons* of Neapolitan-style Margherita and pair it with a classical method sparkling wine, either Champagne or Franciacorta, to enhance the gustatory experience. (more…)

Temple University Craft Beer Club

On February 17 from 7-9:30PM, join me at Alla Spina in Philadelphia for a casual tasting dedicated to the world of Italian craft beer. I will be co-hosting the event with the Temple University Craft Beer Enthusiasts. I have chosen the menu to reflect the styles and brewers which best represent quality production in Italy. We’ll (more…)

pro loco dol 1

The already very awesome Centocelle district in eastern Rome got even better in November when the much-loved and long-established Lazio-centric alimentari DOL (Di Origine Laziale) outgrew its original location and moved down the block. DOL, which specializes in products from the supremely under-appreciated (more…)

Jerry Thomas Rome

Over the past year and a half–and during the past month, in particular–Rome’s cocktail culture has been completely transformed. For ages, Romans were content to drink watered down Spritzes and sacherine mojitos, while tourists drank pricey, mediocre cocktails in hotel bars. A properly made drink was (more…)