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Where is the quality food in Rome?

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  If I were to ask you, ‘where would you expect to find better food, Rome or your hometown or country’, what would you answer? Well, perhaps that depends on where you live, but I can only imagine that many of you would guess Rome, since it is in the heart of what many consider the food country of the …

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Deceptively Delicious Points

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  Can you ever imagine grading a wine like you grade a spelling test or high school math test (using the grading method of the United States)? Or better yet, think of grading fine art pieces. What percentage would you give to the Mona Lisa? The Starry Night? Dancers in Pink? Campbell’s Soup Cans? What percentage grade would you assign …

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A Glass of Michigan

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  Home.  A comfortable, familiar place where you know what to expect.  Each year brings a slight variation to the landscape, a new flavor to land, but overall, the core components of this place are still the same.  Only this time, being back in Michigan (the suburbs of Detroit to be exact) had me experiencing it as if it were …

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The Beauty of Naivety

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  There is nothing more humbling and beautiful than when a group of students end up teaching the teacher something.  This is what happened when I held a wine tasting for a group of study-abroad students, who mostly would be underage to drink in their home country, meaning they surely weren’t ‘wine experts’ (well at least I hope not). If …

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Let’s Make America Great Again

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  I am American (even though sometimes I am embarrassed to admit it). I come from a country that in recent times is proving to be quite Grape-ist. Grape-ist? – you ask, what on earth is that? I am speaking about our overall trend to colonize the US, and really the entire planet for that matter, with Cabernet and Chardonnay …