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Cucina povera or the food of the poor

Cucina povera or the food of the poor

One of the most interesting trends in modern cooking is the ever growing popularity of what Italians call “cucina povera” or the poor kitchen. Michelin star restaurants, TV chefs and cook book authors around the world embrace the use of simple, local, sustainable and above all seasonal ingredients. Whole areas of the this country and those overseas, promote themselves as a culinary destination by stressing their access to great local ingredients. What makes this so interesting is that almost every…

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One of the craziest things I have ever done

One of the craziest things I have ever done

I was organizing some old photos in Amazon Prime photo vault today and was reminded about one of the craziest things I have ever done. This was in 2013, I was new to the hobby of collecting miles, points and trying to travel the world for little money but in as much comfort as possible. In early November I saw a promotion that American Airlines (AA) was running to steal frequent flyers from other airlines. They offered anyone who was…

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Farm to Table Cooking – Spring in Midwest

Farm to Table Cooking – Spring in Midwest

As most of you know, I live in Grand Rapids, MI. People often ask me why I chose this town when I can live anywhere in the United States, since I work remotely. There are many reasons for liking it here but if I had to name one, it would be my access to an amazing variety of local agricultural products.  I am able to cook using almost exclusively local ingredients 365 days a year. This is important not only…

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Announcing a new series of posts: spirits of the world

Announcing a new series of posts: spirits of the world

As a brand new blogger, who has only been doing this for a couple of days (can you believe it?), one of the things I like most so far is feedback from my readers. Some of you sent me suggestions on what you would like to see on Tasty Layovers, others are actively promoting the blog on Facebook, yet others are sending me very sweet private messages. All of this is appreciated! Please keep doing this 🙂 This morning, one…

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Mères lyonnaises or the Mothers of Lyon

Mères lyonnaises or the Mothers of Lyon

Lyon is France’s third largest city and widely considered to be its culinary capital. It couldn’t have been an easy thing to achieve in a country with such rich culinary tradition, where everyone is obsessed with food and each region, city and village looks down on its neighbor. However, Lyon did it and this post will look into how this happened and who is to blame take credit for it. As is often the case in Europe, it all started…

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Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello world! This the first of (hopefully) many posts on this blog. This is where I plan to share my passion for travel, food and wine with my friends and strangers alike. There are many blogs who already cover these subjects but I hope I can offer a somewhat different perspective by taking a step back and trying to see a bigger picture. Why is this country’s food  famous around the world? Why is this small region or this village…

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