On Egg Labels and Grocery Store Tourism
Travel On Egg Labels and Grocery Store Tourism

An adorable goat’s milk yogurt label from Trento, Italy This may seem a bit strange, but one of my very favorite overseas travel activities isn’t visiting the museums or galleries (though they’re very nice, of course)… it’s touring the local groceries, markets and drug stores. I like to see how the average person lives. In Italy, for example, your average shopper has access to powerful traceability and sourcing information. The eggshells come with printed sets of numbers.

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A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:
Recipes Travel A (Modern) Jazz Age Cocktail:

“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Say you find yourself standing on an uninhabited island among gaily costumed picnickers with a cocktail in your hand, a dance floor and orchestra before you, a pie contest to your left and the Dorothy Parker Society just behind you. Never fear. You’re probably not dreaming. You probably didn’t fall into a time warp.

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Travel Recipes The Delights of Duluth & Quadberry Crumble Pie

The Big View Ah, Duluth… So much easier to say than, say Keegewaquampe (though in truth, the Chippewa kind of had first dibs on naming rights). Mum and I met up in Minneapolis and pushed north to take in the promised delights of the Lake Superior region. And delight there was. We were only there overnight, so I won’t be revealing any state secrets here, but I will say that if only famed Kentucky Representative J.

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Travel On Swordfish Heads & Side Trips

Invariably, travels take people to some big destination city. After all, that’s where the airports are, and said destination city is probably chock-full of wealth and wonders, museums and mausoleums. But there’s something infinitely charming and memorable about the little side trips on the way to and from those destination cities. Is the delight of the small locale wrapped up in its lack of options? Are they winsome because big cities offer predictable experiences and guidebook-ready hot spots, while little villages and tiny towns pop up into your world with no expectations at all?

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Travel On Picking Out a Good Agroturismo Farm Stay

In Italy, where agritourism has been nurtured by government subsidies for decades, business is booming. Who goes to the Italian countryside anymore without participating in a farmstay? C’mon! All the cool kids are doing it. In case you’re new to the concept, it goes like this: a farmstay or agritourism vacation entails traveling to a farm, eating there and (often) staying at (or near) the farmhouse, as you would at a bed & breakfast.

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Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice
Travel Seeking Out the Heavenly Slice

We came, we saw, we ate pizza. That’s how you roll in Rome. Carb-heavy. Pasta with every meal. Pizza on every corner. But if you’re lucky, you’ll find slices that are worth the trip and the caloric load. Not far from The Beehive, where we stayed, we discovered a good neighborhood pizzeria on Via Merulana. (I was a bit tired at the time, but I believe the place in question was Cecchini Vincenzo E C (SNC) , Via Merulana 203.

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Italian Pecorino Cheese: A How-To Video
Travel How to Italian Pecorino Cheese: A How-To Video

In my short career in video blogging, I’ve run through making fresh paneer cheese, watching the Salvatore Ricotta folks stuff cheese into cannoli and now, my latest clip documents the making of uber-traditional pecorino in the Italian countryside. I’m afraid you’ll start to believe I’m a bit cheese-obsessed. I assure you, the theme is entirely coincidental. I swear the next video will be about something other than cheese. Meanwhile, I have to say, this is really my favorite clip yet, featuring some truly charming Italian sheep and goats I met in the mountains of Abruzzo while on a farm stay near Sora, Italy.

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Travel Recipes Quick Bites: Rome and Zucchini Di’Lazio

Buongiorno ! Welcome to Molto MissGinsu week. Arriving back in the states after a recent quest to the Italian regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, I realized there was just far too much in the way of tasty sites and flavors to sequester the lot into just one post. So for this week, a special multi-part Italy feature splashes across missginsu.com like a paper sack filled with sun-ripe tomatoes. Tomorrow we visit the goats and sheep in the mountains, but today we’ll check out a few of the varied glories of Rome .

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Travel Sipping Italy’s Cups of Gold

Based around its fresh, local ingredients, Italy clearly boasts one of the world’s greatest cuisines. That said, it’s not difficult for a hungry traveler to find a soggy slice of pizza, a vile vino or a poorly treated plate of pasta. Having just returned from a week in the regions of Lazio and Abruzzo, I can attest to a wide range of quality on offer. But Italian coffee is a different story altogether.

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Recipes Travel All-American Road Trips: Denver

The Big View Flanked by mountains and ringed with highways, it’s easy to get lost in Denver’s strip malls, chain restaurants and outer-ring developments, but once you find your way to Colfax Avenue, you’re on the road to dining with the locals. I was suffering from a dreadful cold on the trip, so we didn’t get out to the bars at all, but there were a couple of spots that came highly recommended by my buddy Alex (a former Denverite):

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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