Cotogna: Escaping El Nino with cozy, boutique Italian

There are memorable meals, and there are those meals that give us the sensory equivalent of a photographic memory. Every flavor, every texture is etched into vivid memory. The latter was my experience with Cotogna, one of San Francisco’s outstanding boutique Italian cafes. I realize that saying “one of” doesn’t exactly sound like an overwhelming…

Fontana di Trevi: Italian at its best in Frankfurt

Perfectly balanced beef carpaccio accented with chanterelles; ethereal angel hair pasta with shaved black truffles; gnocchi with tangy gorgonzola sauce. Those dishes were irresistible at Frankfurt’s Fontana di Trevi. I have to admit that despite my German ancestry, I’m not a huge fan of German food. It’s too much pork and potatoes for my taste…

Healthy Diplomat: Mediterranean pasta primavera

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention.  A full pantry (thanks to inheriting the contents of a friend’s), a bad storm, and fresh vegetables made for the perfect condition to create something new.  So create I did.  This pasta is a great way to use and enjoy late spring/early summer’s best vegetables….