November 15, 2019

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Just back from my beloved Italy, namely Sicily, I celebrated my anniversary, dug deep in Sicilian food & drink, and got in touch with my Marchese/Scuderi roots in Sicily’s magical Aeolian Islands. It was beyond enchanting, pure and rich with Old World simplicity. I wish I could slow down enough to let it all sink in but I am journaling and processing the experience, for years to come, I suspect.

In the meantime, I am off on one week of Sichuan/Szechuan food research and adventures in Chengdu, China. My body is beat from travel, colds & jet lag, but my senses are expectant for another level of understanding, digging deep in a regional Chinese cuisine I love.

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