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THE SPICE TRAIL
This week at Fine Dining Lovers we kicked things off with a look at the fascinating history of black pepper.
Pepper has always been the world's most traded spice but did you know peppercorns were packed inside the nostrils of ancient mummies? Or that pepper appeared in Roman cookbooks as early as the 1st century AD?
After reading our compelling story you'll see this beloved spice in a whole new light.
Later in the week we brought you exciting news from Le Strade della Mozzarella, a haute cuisine congress dedicated to buffalo mozzarella and other native Italian products.
At the two-day event held in the town of Paestrum, near Naples, chefs from all over the world gathered to celebrate and cook with buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and other products made from buffalo milk.
Here's a lowdown of the creations of five chefs who impressed us with their interpretations of mozzarella.
We finished off the week with a look at the stunning tablescapes painted by Texas native Elizabeth McDonald.
An artist who has exhibited her work across the United States and the United Kingdom, McDonald takes blank tables and turns them into bright canvases full of color and action. Here's a slideshow of her spectacular work.