An Introduction to Maltese Food

Maltese food - Il Kartell, Gozo

Because of its Afro-Mediterranean location and long and turbulent history of colonial control, Malta is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. As anywhere, you can see this best in the food. Maltese food is inspired by neighboring Sicily, mainland Italy, North Africa and the Middle East. There are also indigenous traditions, and even British, European, and Australian influences from the colonial […]

Everything I Knew About Balsamic Vinegar Was Wrong

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

In our pantry at home, we have this bottle of Italian balsamic vinegar that we bought on sale from our local supermarket.  The bottle features the face of TV personality Tony Tantillo (a.k.a. “The Fresh Grocer”), along with the number 8, which I had assumed was the vinegar’s age.  But I learned a lot of things on our recent trip […]

Italian Cars That Will Make You Swoon

The Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy

I drive a 14 year old, beige, Toyota Camry. It doesn’t have hubcaps. It does have a huge dent I put in the rear bumper. I don’t remember the last time I washed it. But I love it because it’s paid off and (usually) runs. That’s all that matters to me in a car. So when Kevin dragged me to the famous Enzo […]

Dia de Los Muertos: A Playlist

A Dia de Los Muertos Altar

This morning, I flipped on the radio while I was making breakfast. Our local NPR station was in the midst of a segment about the Day of the Dead, or “Dia de Los Muertos,” a holiday celebrated across Latin America each year on November 2. By the name and proximity to Halloween, you might think the the Day of the Dead is dark or morbid, but I’ve […]

The Italian Renaissance Through David and the Dome

Michelangelo's David in Florence, Italy

I came to Florence expecting to love it, and the city didn’t disappoint.  As an engineer, I knew I’d be impressed by Filippo Brunelleschi’s massive red brick dome, and as a history buff, I was excited to see the home of the Italian Renaissance. What I didn’t expect, though, was to be so thoroughly moved by Michelangelo’s David.  I’d seen pictures […]

EIT Elsewhere | Where to Drink in San Jose on Thrillist.com

Where to Drink in San Jose

I’m excited (or should I say, in the vernacular of the publication, stoked) to share an article I wrote for the snarky national food + travel website, Thrillist. In it, I shared some hometown love and some fine places to have a beer in San Jose, California. Check it out: Where To Drink in Downtown San Jose Note: The draft I submitted started […]