Seed packet art from Hudson Valley Seed Library
Very Serious Fish & Chips: potato waffle basket, flounder sticks, fried parsley, caper remoulade in cucumber pipe, red pepper puree
Potato waffle basket
The trick to waffle cuts is to use a mandoline and turn the vegetable 90 degrees between cuts.
Two of Ferran Adrià's many notebooks
Compressed El Bulli menu in powdered spice pill packets
80's themed pieces from the ICC pastry class
"Wild game patty" (elk, venison and reindeer burger), potatoes gratin, roasted vegetables, red wine sauce at Saluplats Husman, in the basement of Stockholm's Hötorgshallen food hall
Sausages at Hötorgshallen food hall
At Restaurang Volt, the bread comes with housemade butter AND fennel lard!
Crayfish toast with roe
Gillardeau, Royal Cabanon, Swedish flat and Perle Blanc oysters at Lisa Elmqvist
Inside Östermalms Saluhall food hall
Sea salt, pistachio, coffee, citrus, cardamom, peppermint and polka (?) caramels at Pärlans Konfektyr
Fried fish for Chinese New Year
Maple spicy sausage and egg sandwich on whole grain peasant sourdough from Scratchbread
Royal Palms: Brooklyn's brand new shuffleboard courts. Don't send a dead biscuit to the kitchen!
At the Brooklyn Museum: I am a perfectly cooked egg, what are you?
Maine dayboat scallop, with roe intact, at New Amsterdam Market
My hand-forged ladle and BBQ fork, hammered at She-Weld Studios
At the RISD Interpretive Pi(e) contest, there were definitely many more interpretive pies than edible ones.
A heart-shaped oyster
Scallop sashimi with kombu powder and quail egg at the Yuji Ramen omakase pop-up
Miso ravioli with sea urchin, blood orange & shiso at the Yuji Ramen pop-up omakase
Staring eye-to-eye at an enormous (real, not fake!) fish at the Boston Seafood Show
Are we back in Italy? Good Friday procession in Carroll Gardens featured a band, loudspeakers with Italian songs and bible verses, Mary on a platform and Jesus' body in a casket.
Mission Chinese Food's Kung Pow Pastrami
Peter pours us vodka samples into graduated cylinder shot glasses.
Fractional vodka distillation at Industry City Distillery, who knew you could do this in a space the size of your living room?
Inside the A.D. White Library
Upskirt shot of the bells
The 21-bell Cornell chimes, an all-body workout
A lost Stormtrooper in the Ithaca Commons
Crawfish po' boy and sweet potato fries from Maxie's
Good ol' Ezzie
Monty Python's Holy Gr-ale, tempered over burning witches
Ironic sneaker sculpture al fresco hangs from a power line in Williamsburg
Plastic gun, generated by Makerbot
Portal companion cube, generated by Makerbot
Dangerous rocking chair at 3rd Ward
Blooming cactus at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
I was pleasantly surprised to see Italy's Baladin beers available at Bierkraft.
How to Succeed in Business with Harry Pott-er, Daniel Radcliffe is a rollicking good time.
Ramen at Naruto Ramen
Rugelach at Russ & Daughters
We were watching this goat and all of the sudden a kid popped out...
Squash and fuchsia turnips at a market in Alentejo
Inquisitive red cows
Roman ruins: the Temple of Diana in Evora
Giant amphorae are still used to contain wine in Portugal
Mmm, chorizo hanging in a row
Idle conversation on a mosaic-covered Lisbon balcony
Cream of potato soup with tea leaves and quail egg (hidden under the surface)
Piazza Dumo's 21, 31, 41, 51 salad has a multitude of Asian-inspired ingredients and is eaten with thin tongs.
Each plate at Piazza Duomo is individually designed by an artist.
Two Michelin-starred chef Enrico Crippa at his restaurant, Piazza Dumo
Short Balladeer/Tall Guitarist
Carlo Petrini leads the Cantè J'euv rehearsal, calls us "testa di cazza," etc.
Bottles of Barolo, Italy's king of red wine, at Brezza winery
Calf sucking a finger/imprinting on human
A pig peeks out from behind the flap. Pig farms are often located near parmesan cheesemakers because the leftover whey can be used as feed.
Inside the photography studio of Alberto Cocchi
A chef, a radio, a coffee grinder
Claudio Ziveri explains the prosciutto aging process.
Pasta-making lesson with our temporary nonna
Making sausage in a garage, just another Monday afternoon in Italy
Along the footbridge fence, couples attach locks to symbolize their unbreakable love.
Turin's Arco Olimpico was built for the '06 Olympics and spans the footbridge from Lingotto to 8 Gallery.
Just another UNISG-style clearing-the-frig dinner: roasted stuffed red bell pepper, duck confit and potatoes
Latkes, fresh out of the frying pan
How to create a menorah in Italy
A sour awakening: praline filled with balsamic vinegar jelly from Emilia
Chocolate tasting class with 21 different forms of chocolate
Torino at night
Just your average sword-fighting afternoon in Italy
The rainbow ends at Novelli Winery.
A bridge and a kayak next to the meandering river in the Umbrian countryside
Berry lattice tart at Osteria Baciafemmine
Porchetta (crackling pork), lamb, roasted potatoes with rosemary
Slices of capocollo
Focaccia and (unsalted/bland) Umbria bread
Peeking into the window of a kitchen in Umbria
Willows along the Black River (Fiume Nera) often have truffles underground.
The town of Scheggino features narrow cobblestone steps and towers.
Fresh sausages made of pork & donkey; dolci salsiccia is a sweet sausage made with cinnamon, raisins, cacao and pine nuts.
Wood pieces are strung next to the curing salami to prevent contact.
Notice the tail hanging off the side of the prosciutto.
Carving up a whole pig at Norcineria da Tagliavento
Capocollo hang from the ceiling inside a norcineria
Aging prosciutto hang from the ceiling
Pasta with bacalao (cod), chickpeas, tomatoes
Best Beans Ever: chickpeas, barley, lentils, farro, etc
Showcasing Hispellum's olive oil, red onion puree, black truffle shavings
The control panel for the olive oil mill has lots of buttons.
Olives being ground into paste
Freshly pressed olive oil flows out of the spigot into a holding tank.
Freshly picked olives at the Hispellum olive mill
Beer bottle xylophonist Dalibor Matesa performs at Salone del Gusto.
The honey bar at Terra Madre features dozens of honeys from around the world.
Henna artist carefully decorates a finger at Terra Madre.
Austrian pit cabbage is buried in the ground like kimchi.
A portrait of a chocolates
Delegates from Sierra Leone and Columbia pose at Terra Madre
Pecorino in Jossa, rolled in wheat grains
This little piggy has been roasted into porchetta.
Monstera Deliciosa, a tropical fruit that takes one year to grow and ripens as the scales fall off
I fell in love in Belgium with the classic Gaufre de Liège waffle. Crunchy carmelized sugar on the outside ridges, soft chewy inside pockets...
A chocolate rendition of a Mayan temple at the Chocolate Line
Grote Markt/Grand Place, Brussels' central square, is surrounded by gilded buildings.
A fancy chocolate diorama at Planète Chocolat
Sheets of chocolate bark studded with nuts and dried fruit at Chocolatier Elisabeth
Belgium's vaunted Trappist beers are sold on every street corner.
Alas, the intricate wooden speculoos cookie molds at Dandoy are not for sale.
Alinea chef Grant Achatz gets interviewed by Kim Severson from the NYT at the Star Chefs conference
Chef Barty Haughton prepares a salad for the class potluck
Choux à la Crème dipped in caramel
UNISG class potluck entry: Finnish Karelian rice pasties with buckwheat crust
Embracing old and new technology at MakerFaire
Steampunk Hats at the 2011 MakerFaire
Midi-Controlled Drum Robot at MakerFaire
Poster at the Chablisienne wine coop, Chablis is marked as the center of the world
The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory features regular flavors like lychee, pandan and zen butter; exotic flavors like chocolate.
Accidental Chinese hipsters. Yes, that's matching green-sequined caps and yellow tights.
Gentle hills and grape vines in Burgundy, France
Old church on the Jean-Marc Brocard vineyard estate
The finished product brings tears to my eyes (literally).
An immense granite mustard grindstone
Moutarderie-mobile at the Fallot Moutarderie mustard factory
Chemical equation for mustard-inflicted stinging
Tear-generating mustard seeds
Pigs rolling in mud
Pig feed at Ferme des Levées includes barley, peas, corn and other whole grains
Wine bottle chandelier at Chateau de Corton Andre
Month-old aged chevre goat cheese from Ferme Auberge du Poirier
Goats at Ferme Auberge du Poirier
Flowers and old milk jugs
Giant tubs of chocolate fondant, suitable for diving
Buying breads from Vecchiato Bakery
Decorative gourds at the Padua market signal the start of fall
The famed Setteveli cake of Pasticceria Biasetto contains 7 layers.
An old Victrola at Ostaria Al Diavolo e L'Aquasanta
Horny mask at Ca' Macana
Barefooted people splash through floodwaters in San Marco square
The Este castle dates back to the 14th century and is now used as a public garden.
The Civic Tower of Este dates to the late 17th century
Villa Duodo overlooks the town of Monselice
The Jubilee Sanctuary of Seven Churches grants the faithful the same indulgences as visitors to the seven major basilicas in Rome.
Porta Romana erected in 1651 in Monselice
Angled oofah squash (si gua) growing in my aunt's garden
Standing on the volcanic island of Nea Kameni
Handcrafted Croatian candles
Fig paste pastries typical of Sardinia
Street artist recreates a Da Vinci painting on the sidewalk
Street artist reproduces Caravaggio's Medusa
Giotto's Tower in Florence
Masks, faux marble statues and Pinocchio; all popular sundries in Florence's gift shops
Pizza napolitana with anchovies, basil, tomatoes, capers and fresh mozzarella
Ponte Vecchio is lined with gold and jewelry shops.
Replica of Michelangelo's David outside the Palazzo Vecchio
The Florence Baptistery is the site where many of the Medici family and poet Dante were baptized twice, once as a Christian, once as a Florentine.
One of several shops in Florence that sell Pinocchio and wood-carved goods
If you think pasta is bland, you can spice things up with this Mix Sexy.
Peach, goat cheese & basil salad, because the best kind of salad is rabbit food-free.
A round of sourdough bread and several tin loaves
English muffins, ready for butter and honey
dough rounds quietly rising
Rising bread dough at Barbialla Nuova
The wood-burning oven is stoked the night before and burns down to ashes before the bread is baked.
kneading sourdough for the weekly bake at Barbialla Nuova
A giant mushroom grows from the side of the tree at the Parco Bacciochi in Capannoli
Inside an archer's tower at the Capannoli Zoological Museum (housed in the old castle walls dating from 843)
Jar of freshly picked truffles from this morning
Ribs, salsiccia, and rabbit on the grill
Tomato & mozzarella platter for dinner on la Notte di San Lorenzo, celebrating the Perseids by looking for shooting stars.
Vase outside of Vallibonci, my farmhouse in Tuscany. There's also a hammock and tent nearby.
Monteriggioni is enclosed inside the old castle walls. Some of the pavement is designed to aid walking horses.
To track the birds that have flown the coop, this falconeer uses a radio transmitter rod.
African eagle perches at the Monteriggioni Horse & Falcon Festival
Pisa's Clock Tower, across from the Ponte di Mezzo
The Arno River cuts through the city of Pisa.
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina: supposedly includes a thorn from the crown of Christ on the cross
Southern tip of Manhattan
Bratwurst at Vorderer Sternen
Parading the canton flags for Swiss National Day celebrations
2L beer boot: quite possibly one of our less good ideas
Warning sign at Cabaret Voltaire, the birthplace of the Dada art movement
Coney Island's Wonder Wheel is not a conventional Ferris Wheel; note how the cars swing from the edge to an inner circle.
Unlike a normal Ferris wheel, the cars on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel swing from the edge to the center.
Signs that you are in Switzerland: random band of goats wander through town unsupervised
A cow jumps through a building
Did I mention the Swiss love cows? Here we have a geisha-cow sushi tray.
Best wine name ever: Wild Boar Doe from Shinn Estate Vineyard
Just an old pick-up truck on the North Fork
A nice private wedding in the midst of Times Square
Cevrin di Coazze goat cheese
Window reflection and wood pile
Donkey and pony are BFF
Cheese aging room
Everyone stay calm, we managed to detach the bumper from the cliff and kick it back into place.
5-day-old baby chicks inside a Val Verde poultry coop
A preserved Italian kitchen in a dormitory for rice field workers
Slices of raw cow milk cheese
The happiest cow and 3-year-old in the Italian Alps
This donkey was adorable, and also a total camera whore.
Aging wheels of cevrin goat cheese in Coazze
Small child points at large cow
Fresh mushrooms with beef at the Castello Nove Merli
Slab of chocolate with hazelnuts at the Domori chocolate tasting
Salame and lardo being cured
Pig's head, scraped clean of meat
Cooked salame from Salumeria Dho, note the casing edge is sewn together
La Granda beef sampler--my favorite was the Gradisca in the front (with honey, juniper and tea), named after the character in Fellini's film Amacord
The rolling hills and vineyards of Piedmont
Vegetable stew (sort of similar to Spanish pistou) with cipollini onions, olives, tomato and hard-boiled eggs
Wine celler at Negro Winery
Negro Winery's bottling line
The grillmaster holds meat in one hand, booze and a cigar in the other.
The finished pork belly, glistening with fat. Mmm.
Flaming grill at Pigluck (pork + potluck)
Fresh figs! Tragically, most Americans have only encountered figs in a Newton.
Italian wines & cheeses by region
Hand-rolled cigars at the Arthur Ave central market
Fresh octopus and squid, classic Italian seafood items. Then there are the decidedly non-Italian oysters.
A heaping pile of bacalao (salted cod). Perhaps they should have made lutefisk instead?
Hanging prosciutto and buckets of olives in one of the many delis on Arthur Ave
Juno, Goddess of Marriage, now with more facial hair
Take a ride on the Fun Bus!
Flaggots color guard team
Not sure if this guy is hipster or just a highly tanned Chinese
Green Chimneys offers social services for children
I need to get heels like these.
Pork & peanut buns from the only Chinese take-out place in town
Peking Duck for €7? You get what you pay for...
Old school NYC taxi
Pasta making demo with a nonna making oriecchiette
New and old theaters combine forces
Pizzo, a thick flatbread typical of Lecce with olives, onions, tomato and peppers
Swordfish auction at the Brindisi fish market
Swordfish for auction at the Brindisi fish market
Barrels of aging wine
Grapes at the Candido vineyard
Piggy salt & pepper shakers at the Fornello Menga restaurant
Italian confetti, or almonds with a hard sugar coating, commonly served as wedding favors
The tools of butchery
Fresh raw milk cheeses, artichoke, tomatoes, bread
Fresh fig off the tree
One of the best street musicians I've ever heard, this Spanish guitarist completely captured the attention of the two girls.
Suckling pig on a spit, mmm.
Torino poster, seen at the National Cinema Museum
Mural outside of Guido Gobino, the famed artisanal chocolate maker
Hooked hanging hams
A colorful assortment of beans and chili peppers
The classic self-timed, camera-on-sidewalk shot
We always seem to end up at Boccondivino for aperitivo
Luckily it's dirt cheap to fill yourself with wine, breadsticks, cheese and cured meats
Cheese plate at Osteria del Boccondivino
A packet of Broccoli Raab seeds, from a presentation titled "Seeds of Change." Guerilla gardening, anyone?
Roses in the Italian countryside
Random chapel in the back roads of Italy
UNISG Campus - Pollenzo
Sunday morning sword practice with Mom
Banh cuon, rice flour crepe filled with minced pork and wood ear, topped with cha luu, fried onions and lettuce
I went to Italy for a year and all they gave me was this lousy piece of paper.
Momofuku Noodle Bar: Ramen