Day 25: Manti

Rounding out the national food countdown, today we feature manti, an Uzbek stuffed dumpling, likely spread all over Eurasia by the Mongols in the 13th century, and ever since as a staple food of travelers along the great silk road.  Like lag'mon, manti features prominently as an ethnic cuisine across the Turkic speaking world, and … Continue reading Day 25: Manti

Day 39: Somsa

Nothing says Uzbek street food like a savoury stuffed pastry.  Uzbekistan's answer to hot pockets (but way better), the somsa (or samsa/Самса) is an inescapable part of daily life in Uzbekistan, where taxi drivers and policemen line up for the tasty snacks early in the morning, and national food cafés and street kiosks light up … Continue reading Day 39: Somsa

The BBQ Exchange – Gordonsville, Virginia

On this culinary adventure, PashbyMaul Adventures has found the world's best barbecue place. No question, The BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville, VA, exceeded all our wildest barbecue expectations. Arguably a religion unto itself, barbecue fans all have prefered locations for a fix. We've found ours! The PashbyMaul connection to The BBQ Exchange is via one of Drew's … Continue reading The BBQ Exchange – Gordonsville, Virginia

Day 41: Wild Herbs and Flowers at Trattoria All’Angelo

We've been meaning to write about Ristorante Trattoria All'Angelo for a while as it has been one of our favorite places to frequent, and with good reason. A beautiful trattoria in a serene and picturesque setting in Piovene Rochette, chef Mauro and his wife Bari are welcoming, fun, and provide a service in The Veneto … Continue reading Day 41: Wild Herbs and Flowers at Trattoria All’Angelo

Day 51: Radicchio

 To vegetable lovers everywhere: if you have yet to taste radicchio, you must plan a trip to Italy between October and May. When you arrive, go straight to a tiny market or vegetable shop and look for this beautiful leafy type of chicory. Or, if you're less hardcore, find a restaurant serving risotto made with … Continue reading Day 51: Radicchio

Day 91: Date Night at Conchiglia D’Oro

As a couple who is young in our marriage (2 years in Jan/July 2015) without children, we've enjoyed the "every night is date night" mentality to the extreme here in the Veneto. Bike rides, sunset walks, creative cooking at home, cooking classes, playing oboe and guitar together and watching The Daily Show while we eat … Continue reading Day 91: Date Night at Conchiglia D’Oro