Truffle!

This was Marie’s outrageously delicious gift recently, once-in-a-lifetime splurge – or maybe more, who knows, hard to resist once you know the way. We accommodated our truffle six or seven different ways, my favorite being a very simple pasta dish which reminded me of a fun dinner at Manhattan’s A Voce years ago when Marie’s…

Coney Island in the Snow

Jonas, the whale of a storm that engulfed the Northeast this weekend, has sailed on to meet the Atlantic Ocean and worry some boats. According to the Weather Channel, New York City’s Central Park recorded some 26.8 inches of snow, second only to the 2006 storm – and by only one tenth of an inch – in the…

The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 4 – The Ghost Farm

From picturesque Nieuwoudtville we drove up a low dorsal in the fields, etched with mesmerizing green and orange patches, and doing so we left the Namaqualand proper behind, having changed provinces, switched weather patterns, traded low lands for higher grounds and returned to the Karoo which had been my first off-the-road crush when I initially visited South Africa.…

The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 3 – A Canyon Through the Flowers

Nieuwoudtville is a quaint, otherworldly little town sitting squarely at a biased crossroads in the middle of immense fields. The main artery is the very ordinary R27 leading inland from semi-coastal N7, up the escarpment, across the border between the Western and Northern Cape provinces and into the Karoo proper, towards Calvinia. At about a right…