Ligurian Delicacies

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I just don’t like my main entree concealed in a heavy sauce—Barney Fife

This is my all-time favorite food quote. This is a good beginning to my new blog.  My goal is to share some of my experiences with searching for good food, some travel, and some pictures.

This will not be a typical travel blog or a food blog.  My wife and I are in our middle ages.  Of course I am closer to getting out of the middle ages than she.  So we do some traveling, spending time with grandchildren and search for good food wherever we are.  Neither of us are accomplished chefs and wouldn’t pretend to lead you on.  However in the recent years after raising our children and me getting closer to retirement, we plan on doing more traveling and cooking.

This photo is where my taste awakening began.  We traveled to Italy in 2010.  Part of our trip was to Cinque Terre on the Ligurian coast of Italy.  These are five villages cut into the rocky coastline that was absolutely stunning and so relaxing.

This dish was served to us in Riomaggiore, the southernmost village of the five.  We ate lunch at a small restaurant called The Bar and Vinni A Pie de Ma, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. This is a photo of the dish that aroused my desires for food.  On this plate is cipolline onions, olives, salami, fresh anchovies (put aside everything you think anchovies should taste like in America), cheese and bread.  This was the best dish I had in Italy.

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Market in Riomaggoire

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Manarola

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Vernazza

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Vernazza harbor with Santa Margherita di Antiochia church on the left.

 

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