Gnoccata | August 12, 2017

Many Italian towns celebrate a “Gnoccata,” which translates—delightfully—into “Dumpling Festival.” The Gnoccata of LIguria, a northwestern province of Italy famous for its picturesque coastline and the five coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre, falls on the second Sunday in August. Gnocchi, the festival’s namesake dumplings, come in many forms, including a pillowy potato variety… Continue reading Gnoccata | August 12, 2017

King Kamehameha Day, Hawaii | June 11

Hawaii, for mainlanders and especially us East Coasters, is a conundrum: a place about which we think we know a lot–based mostly on TV and movies–and which we are sometimes inclined to dismiss as a hokey tourist trap; but that, when we visit, is a revelation of unfamiliar treasures and treats. In some ways, Hawaii… Continue reading King Kamehameha Day, Hawaii | June 11

Feria de Abril de Sevilla | April 30-May 6

Spring brings not only the welcome arrival of fragrant blossoms and tender green leaves, but an annual flowering of festivals. The Seville Fair in Spain, or Feria de abril de Sevilla, has to be one of the most fun. Just two weeks after the parades of Holy Week and the somber reflections of Lent, the… Continue reading Feria de Abril de Sevilla | April 30-May 6

Peanut Butter and Jelly Day | April 2

For those of us who grew up in the 1980s, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich was ubiquitous. It wasn’t just the default lunch option, but also the fall-back snack, playdate and birthday-party meal, so if you didn’t like it, you were badly out of luck. Zanthe is still haunted by the ghosts of all the PB&J sandwiches that defeated her with… Continue reading Peanut Butter and Jelly Day | April 2