Murano: Island of Glass

Venice has the reputation of being a tourist run city especially in the summer. It seems like every year there is a new news report stating the ongoing battle between Venice and the tourism industry. So when I descended into the city of Venice, I was not surprised to see the throngs of tourist. But where were the locals? It seemed like each cobbled street led to more signs of the tourist industry in Venice. It was starting to feel like the Venetian hotel in Vegas, but a hop, skip, and boat ride away I found my piece of local paradise.

Baking Bible: Not for the Novice

I recently heard a lot of rave reviews for a cook book called The Baking Bible by Rose Beranbaum. At first glance, the book is very European inspired even using European measurements for the ingredients. So, I decided to put it to the test by selecting 3 random recipes with varying levels of difficulties from the book.