Vis Island Pogača, or Dalmatia’s Insular Rivalry

The island of Vis, the farthest inhabited off the Dalmatian coast, has long been known for its fishing and its fishermen. Some go so far as to claim that the inventions of these fishermen changed the world. The first fish cannery on the Mediterranean was set right in Komiža, the island’s second largest settlement. In the early 20th […]

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Vienna - Hotel Sacher

Going West: Hotel Sacher, Vienna

Having toured Moravia, Slovakia and Hungary, we’ll now go on a short escapade to the other side of the Iron Curtain. Six years after publishing my Sachertorte recipe, I finally made it to Vienna’s Hotel Sacher to taste this famous dessert in its natural habitat. The story goes something like this. In 1832, Prince Klemens […]

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Czech Cuisine - Finger Lakes Duck, Plum Sauce and Brussels Sprouts

Moravian Duck, Plum Sauce and Brussels Sprouts

Duck hunting season is just starting here in New York State, which is rather hard to imagine considering that we’re still running the air conditioners to fight off seemingly never-ending summer temperatures. Did the ducks really start migrating south when it’s just as warm now in October as it was in August? I’ll find out […]

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Sopron - Harrer Chocolate Factory

Hungarian Impressions: Sopron’s Sweets

The Austro-Hungarian Empire had a rich history of coffee houses and pastry shops. In Budapest, the tradition lives on in famous cafés like Ruszwurm (the city’s oldest, beloved for its cremeschnitte), Gerbeaud (birthplace of the Gerbeaud slice — a ground walnut and jam filling between layers of sponge, covered with chocolate), Hauer, New York, or Centrál, which have survived […]

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