Wine Bar in Spello, a small town located near Assisi in Umbria My friend Roberto will take great care of you and your group; contact him for an unforgettable wine tasting at Enoteca Properzio www.enoteche.it
Umbria is the undiscovered green heart of Italy; south of Tuscany, and East of Rome, it is unspoiled and home to some of the most delicious foods; olive oil, wines, Perugina chocolates, truffles, pork and sausages, as well as home to St. Francis and Sister Claire. For terrific tours in Umbria contact my friend Anne Robichaud; Anne's tours were featured on Rick Steves; not only is she a phenomenal guide, but she is part of the family, having found my cousins in Gubbio (another fabulous hilltown in Umbria)
They are cooking in South Central Pennsylvania
When visiting Carlisle, PA stop in and stay with my friends Dee and Chuck at their beautiful B&B Pheasant Field in Carlilse. Looking for a great cooking school? Look no further than The Kitchen Shoppe and Annex in Carlisle, where they have a great selection of cookware, gadgets, classes and their staff is first rate!
Traveling on I-65 in Indiana, get off in West Lafayette, and visit my friends at KitchenArt; Larry and his staff have a terrific cooking school and their retail shop is full of terrific merchandise. River Knits on Main Street is a gem of a knitting shop; Elizabeth the owner is so helpful if you are a bunny knitter like me!
Bloomington, IN boasts the oldest bar on a college campus, at Indiana University, Nick's English Hut. Sit in the Dylan Thomas booth, or the John Cougar Mellencamp booth, and breathe in the nostalgia. Chef Dan Orr has brought Indiana Cuisine to Bloomington with his wonderful Farm Bloomington Restaurant--go for the biscuits, they are amazing!
Cincinnati is home to Proctor and Gamble, but also to another favorite independent cooking school, CooksWares with two locations, one on Montgomery Rd. and one on Main Street in Springboro near Dayton. Stop in for a cup of coffee and some Ohio hospitality.
My hometown of San Diego boasts one of the foremost cooking schools in the country, Great News! Discount cookware and cooking school. Stop in and enjoy the shop with its fine staff, and terrific merchandise, and take a class! Great News has just launched an on-line shopping service, check out www.discountcooking.com Other favorites here in San Diego: Common Threads yarn shop in Encinitas; Point Loma Seafoods for seafood and a great lunch on the water; San Diego Padres Iowa Meat Farms and Siesels' meat markets for amazing meats and great advice on how to cook them. Looking for wines to pair with the meat? Check out the San Diego Wine Company--great advice, and service, as well as prices. Specialty Produce has the best, fresh, organic and sustainable produce in town; buy what your favorite restaurants are buying and get one of their fabulous Farmer's Market bags for only $20. Bread and Cie bakes the most delicious bread I've had this side of the Atlantic; by far the closest to European bread that I have found and it's right here in my own home town!