Been A While...

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. This isn’t the usual sort of lag between posts, and I don’t plan on replicating this gap again. But recently, between travel, deadlines, and a whole slew of new projects I’ve been working on, I’ve neglected keeping up on my updates here. Today, then, is a new start, and a new roll-out of reviews, commentaries, and more.

I was in Italy last week, tasting in Montalcino, Chianti, Alto Adige, Verona Venice, Bologna, Florence, and beyond. (If I tell you that the magnum of Brancaia “Il Blu” 2001, at the home of winemaker Barbara Widmer, was almost painfully delicious, I’d be vastly understating it...) Before that, I bounced between Louisville, Kentucky, to taste Bourbon, and Oaxaca, Mexico, for a better understanding of mezcal. And between those trips, there were dozens of articles and columns and tasting notes that ran, and that I’ll be linking to and posting in coming days and weeks right here.

I also had a chance to appear live on-air with Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga on Martha Stewart Living Radio on SiriusXM a few weeks back, and shot some material for the Hungry Channel, the new collaboration between Citysearch and YouTube. This particular one was for their new show "Hungry In," which, in the first season, features scouts focusing on the food in New York, LA, San Francisco, and Austin...but, if a second season gets produced, looks to include yours truly hosting episodes set in Philadelphia. I’ll be posting links to each week’s episode here, on Facebook, and my Twitter feed. Please LIKE them, re-tweet them, watch them obsessively--the more viewers they get, the better chance there is of a second season, and of a Philly-focused component to it as well.

For now, though, it’s good to be back, and I’m looking forward to a tasty autumn here on The Food, Drink & Travel Report.