Picarones in Peru

29 Jul 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in travel, videos Play in new window | Download | EmbedWhilst I was running amok at Peru’s La Mistura culinary festival, I grabbed Chef Maricel Presilla to help me learn the secrets of picarones, a fried dough dessert that had me addicted from the first bite. Every culture seems to have a fried dough, and that’s as good as street food gets. I thought from Maricel’s description that these were gluten-free, but alas, they do have flour. This presents a fabulous challenge for me to come up with a substitute — I bet tapioca flour would be ideal. Light and fluffy, and…

Food as Foe

09 Jun 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in travel, wellness

Yes, I’ve been pretty quiet. As my body has adjusted the past few weeks to living gluten-free, my mind and emotions have been on a pretty steep roller coaster. I’ve also been traveling, which involves a lot of dining out, so by Day 2 of my latest trip, the most familiar words out of my mouth were “I can’t have that.”

Cue meltdown.

Touring Ireland!

07 May 2010, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in travel, wellness

Greetings from the Emerald Isle! Chef Mark and I are once again running amok throughout the countryside to bring you our favorite flavors, colors and delights from the other side of the pond.

Sex on a Plate: Step Inside My Head

29 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in sensuality, travel

At BlogWorldExpo in Las Vegas, I found myself being introduced in the following manner: I’d like you to meet Jennifer. She does “Sex on a Plate.” To my pleasant surprise, many people already knew about it — or wanted to.

My Kind of Las Vegas

20 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in food, travel

When I decided to go to BlogWorld & New Media Expo this year, I had one of those double-edged sword moments. I couldn’t wait to see old friends and make new ones — but ugh, Las Vegas. It’s the one town I try to avoid, because it just isn’t for me. My kind of gambling involves business risk, so I am maddened by the “ding-ding-ding” when I walk through casino mazes designed to keep you trapped inside when you just want daylight. This trip, thankfully, was a bit different. Planet Hollywood Resort invited me to stay as their guest during…

Rias Baixas: Santiago de Compostela

06 Oct 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, travel Play in new window | Download | Embed This summer I was invited by Wines from Spain and the Rias Baixas wine region to explore their viniferous offerings. I came away from the trip with a lot of new thoughts on white wines, as they hadn’t held much excitement for me — until I discovered why. A big part of enjoying wine comes from finding out what you like, the reasons you like it, and building from the flavor notes that attract your senses, so much was revealed to me in the span of this tour. With 3 winery…

Peru: First Impressions

29 Sep 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants, food, travel

After several days here in Peru, one thing has become apparent: This is a culture deeply in love with its food. Nowhere else have I seen such a strong emotional connection to the kitchen and table. In kicking off La Mistura, Peru’s annual culinary festival, Chef Gaston Acurio talked about the state of the economy, and how food is the one sector that is growing in this country — because the emotional connection Peruvians have with their food is the last thing they’re willing to let go. Instead, they are spending their scarce funds on high-quality food products and ensuring…

Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

24 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in beverages, farm, travel

Last week I was invited on a little adventure to explore the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail in Chester County, PA, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. At first I was surprised — I was not aware there was a wine trail in Pennsylvania. Infinitely curious and not sure what to expect, I set off with an open mind. I’m glad I did, as this picturesque region has a lot to offer the food & wine explorer. With its 8 vineyards, the 50-mile trail is easy enough to visit over the course of a weekend, though there are other distractions that…

Quick Bites: Mushroom Hunting with Chef Tom Lewis

06 Aug 2009, Posted by Jennifer Iannolo in chefs & restaurants, travel, videos Play in new window | Download | EmbedWe go out into the woods with Chef Tom Lewis of the Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, to forage for mushrooms. We met him in New York, and now we’re at his place in Scotland to discover how he uses the produce that grows wild around him in his cooking. We’ll have some of his cooking demos coming up later on the “Main Show”, but this is a Quick Bite! A production of the Culinary Media Network.