Big fan of Stuart and his kitchen. Can’t make it across the pond to get some Piemontese cooking just yet? If you’re in the Seattle area, Spinasse is a must-try. Get the tajarin al ragu and thank us later! The food here is as close to what you’ll enjoy in Piemonte as *anything* you’ll try in the US. Honestly…we’ve had meals in Piemonte that weren’t as good as what Stuart can offer you. It really is that good.
Our good friend JoAnn Loctov of Dream of Venice fame is hosting a photography submissions contest of sorts, one I have no illusions about standing any chance in…but submit some black and whites I must. It was impossible choosing which of my favorites to submit, but I tried to capture the feel of Venice’s buildings and timelessness without doing the generic shots of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Rialto and San Marco that a million other folks have shot.
Photos I didn’t end up submitting but that I like:
The older fellow by the boat is none other than Doug Sassi himself, taking in the sunset on Burano and watching the boats go by. It’s a sentimental shot and you can recognize the Buranese buildings if you look closely, but it didn’t scream “Dreaming of Venice” to me, so I left it out. The clouds and sunset as the boat goes by is more typically Venetian, but the 35mm lens I had at the time leaves the Venice skyline too distant to really drive the point home. The 50mm prime I traded it for would have been better.
Burano’s acqua alta shot was one of my favorites, but I found the people in the shot distracting and selected a less populated version of that shot on Murano that has a similar feel to send in.
If by some chance one of my shots is included, it’ll be a high honor to say the least. In the meantime, I think I’m liking this B&W thing. Look for more playing around with it in the future!
As is well known around here, we’re huge fans of the WineTwoFive podcast because it gives you a look at the inquisitive, geeky side of wine culture without all the huffery and snootery that much of serious wineblogging and wine social-media’ing is known for. It’s informative without being snobby, entertaining without missing what really matters to wine drinkers.
Lucky for us, I got to appear on the podcast this week, talking about the importance of wine travel, getting outside our touristy comfort zones, and digging into the *real* Italy and the wonderful wine culture you can find off the beaten path. Give it a listen!
A lovely evening walking around Venice’s back alleys with our friends at Venezia Autentic.
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Give their latest discussion with Cathy Huyghe a listen! Pic below from a tasting Val hosted in Colorado Springs a couple years ago. Look forward to tasting with her again soon!