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This week kicked off with an exciting trip through the streets of Dubai. We discovered the best places to eat and where to buy the freshest produce in a city that is home to the tallest buidling in the world.
Dubai has a large variety of immigrants from all over the Middle East, Pakistan and India. Not surprisingly, the food is an eclectic and delicious mix of all of these international cuisines. Whether you are a fan of Lebanese, Egyptian or Indian cuisine, you'll be sure to satisfy your craving.
The city is also home to La Petite Maison and Zuma, two wonderful restaurants that were voted into the World's 50 Best Restaurants top 100 list last year.
There's is plenty to enjoy and discover in Dubai - just remember to arrive with an appetite.
A Taste of Italy in the U.S.
From Dubai we traveled to United States to partake in the second of three exciting dinners dedicated to Italian cuisine at the elegant Villa Firenze in Washington, D.C.
Since 2013 marks the year of Italian Culture in the U.S., we gathered around the table to celebrate the ocassion with a dinner orchestrated by none other than Italy's number one chef Massimo Bottura. Dishes included Baccalà Mare Nostrum (pictured above), eel from the Po River, risotto 'cacio e pepe', veal and a trail of tiramisú for dessert.
The special Ambassadors of Italian food and wine for this stellar event were S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, along with Frescobaldi, Masi, Donnafugata, Berlucchi and Alma School, a premier culinary institution in Italy. The sponsors will offer scholarships to young American chefs for the chance to attend a cooking course at Alma in Italy.
Reall all about this exceptional event and be prepared to get hungry.
Macelleria Farloni, A Tuscan Family Tradition
From Washington, D.C. we traveled back to Italy where we meet with Lorenzo Falorni, whose family has been producing top quality Tuscan products since the 16th century.
From their antique butcher shop along the hills of Chianti, the Farlonis produce pancetta, salame and a host of other cured delicacies. They also sell the famed Chianini beef.
We sat down to chat with Lorenzo to find out how his family continues these precious traditions and what makes their products so special. Get the full scoop in our exclusive Q&A interview.
In the blog
This week in the blog we brought you news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine sale, Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio's Global Gastornomy Award and updated information on the fire at the legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley.