An Oyster Poacher’s Guide to Connemara (Saveur), Brown Bread is the Spine of Ireland (TASTE), Getting in the Water with Sharks (AFAR)

A few favorites from the middle of 2017: The Oyster Poachers of Connemara (Saveur) Like many stories in Ireland, this one begins in a bar. It was after closing time one quiet night during the mid 1960s in Connemara, and in the corner of the pub, a group of lads talked in low voices while nursing their pints. The publican went about his business, wiping up the bar top and rearranging stools. Soon, the men had empty glasses, but made no moves towards leaving. They were waiting for something. When the headlights of a pick-up truck shone through the window, they…

A Winemaker’s Map of Piemonte (AFAR), A Wine Lover’s Guide to Cafayate (Departures), and The New York City Anti-Restaurant Guide (b.Inspired)

A few favorites from the first quarter of 2017: How to Do Piedmont Like an Italian Winemaker (AFAR) When I ask Michele Chiarlo about cooking with white truffles, the corners of his lips rise into a smile and he leans back deeply in his chair, daydreaming. “Perfection is simple,” he says. “Two eggs, fried, tartufi bianchi on top.” He pauses as if deep in a powerful taste memory and continues, “Or maybe the best is over fresh tagliatelle. Or risotto. Can all three be the best?” A Wine Lover’s Guide to Cafayate, Argentina (Departures) The road to Cafayate has one lane…

Favorites from 2014

In 2014 I traveled to Peru and Tokyo, Portland and Sonoma, Ireland and New Orleans. Here are some of my favorite stories from a wonderful year. Hot out of the Irish Oven, from AFAR magazine Where to Eat and Drink in Sonoma County NOW, from Fodors.com My Morning Routine: What Does Dave Matthews Eat for Breakfast? from Bon Appetit Harry Benson and The Beatles, from the New York Times Sharing the Strand with Seamus, from Travel Bites Deep The New Age of Bolognese, from Tasting Table Where the Bartenders Drink, from Departures Cruising in Alaska, from Postcards