Currently: In Italia

There will be no posting here this week while I am traveling to Bologna and Florence. Instead, I'll be updating my Twitter feed with photos from my trip.

Actor Robin Williams Selling His Napa Estate

Robin Williams is selling his 20,000 square foot Napa villa, which includes a vineyard that supplies grapes to Robert Craig for his Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon.

Crab Cake 101

How to build a better crab cake.

The Art and Design of Louise Fili


Elegantissima, a new book published by Princeton Architectural Press, collects the work of artist and graphic designer Louise Fili, whose vintage-inspired designs for food packaging, labels, and restaurant menus should be instantly recognizable to food lovers.

One of my favorites is this label for Tratturi Primitivo wine, which uses the shape of Puglia's conical trulli houses as a background pattern against the art deco typography.

The book brings together beautiful color illustrations of her work along with personal reflections about how she went about designing some of her most notable creations.


Nearly Half of Americans Drink Soda Daily

According to a new poll by Gallup, 48% of U.S. adults say they drink soda daily. Among those who drink soda, the average daily amount is 2.6 glasses.

Cool Off with Shave Ice Pasta

A Tokyo restaurant called Fresh Pasta Monster is serving a "Shaved Ice Fresh Pasta" for a limited time to beat the summer heat. The dish is comprised of fresh pasta topped with frozen tomato sauce.


Counterintuitively, Red Wine May Prevent Falls

According to new research presented to the American Chemical Society, scientists say that resveratrol, the compound found in red wine, could help improve senior mobility and prevent falls.

Consider the Lobster, Redux

Burgeoning lobster populations have driven prices down to $2 a pound. Now that lobster is cheaper than chicken, Josh Ozersky asks whether this changes the way we think about lobster, "both for good and bad."

Meal-Planning Services Aid Harried Cooks

Meal-planning services outsource the hassle of creating menus, finding recipes, and devising shopping lists.

Freedom of (Beer) Information

A Freedom of Information Act request has been filed demanding the White House disclose the recipe of the "President’s Honey Ale."