Montreal Charcuterie Challenges Me

By Paris Wolfe, Writer/Eater/Traveler I pushed through the heavy glass door at Hambar in Old Montreal as an experienced food journalist there to sample a Lyon, France-inspired charcuterie platter. Chefs at the sophisticated, stylish and busy Hambar make their own charcuterie. I was there for a special platter created in honor of Montreal en Lumiere, …

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Charcuterie, Northeast Ohio Style

By Paris Wolfe, Writer/Traveler The cheese platter is so yesterday. It’s been enhanced, even replaced, by charcuterie -- the dried, cured, fermented and otherwise processed meats of yesteryear. Dried and cured doesn’t mean a plastic-wrapped Hickory Farms summer sausage from Christmas last year or fabricated luncheon meats from the deli counter, but hand-crafted fennel salami, …

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Japan’s Sansho Pepper is Shocking

By Paris Wolfe, Blogger, Writer, Traveler I seek herbs when I travel, to see how they’re part of a local culture. The Jean-Talon Market in Montreal was a jackpot. My favorite store in the historic market was Epices de Cru, a colorful exotic vendor of herbs, tea and spices. The husband and wife owners travel …

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Make Time for Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s PA Masterpiece

When I read the pop-philosophy novel “The Fountainhead” at 19, I wanted the main character — architect Howard Roark — to be real. An idealistic youth, I was enchanted by author Ayn Rand’s ideas. Her obsession with self-determination worked my cognitive skills, as her devotion to authentic art and architecture touched my spirit. And then …

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