Barbecue or BBQ?

Barbecue or BBQ?

If you thought that barbecue was a recent fashion or that it only dated from the last century, you’re mistaken.  Indeed, it appears that its name actually derives from the Spanish word barbacoa, which itself derives from the Caribbean native term barbicù, used by...
Cork stoppers

Cork stoppers

Italians believe that wine stoppers should be made from cork.  We really can’t imagine anything but the classic ritual of removing the capsule, turning the spiral of the bottle opener into the soft spongy surface, lifting it and then gradually removing the stopper....
Ghemme, the politically correct bottle opener …

Ghemme, the politically correct bottle opener …

I was inspired to design the Ghemme bottle opener when I realised that men and women open bottles of wine differently. Women push the lever upwards with their thumbs, whereas men pull the lever upwards with the other four fingers. Thus, I designed a double curved...
Gorgonzola, the story of a distracted cheese maker…

Gorgonzola, the story of a distracted cheese maker…

Gorgonzola is a town just outside Milan and also the name of a very ancient cheese – there are historical records about this cheese dating from the fifteenth century.  Gorgonzola is a very ancient and very local cheese.  What do we mean by local?  Cheesemakers who...
Pecorino mon amour

Pecorino mon amour

Pecorino is a cheese produced in the most remote rural zones of the Italian peninsula.  Sheep are often the only animals which can be raised in much of the harsh Italian landscape.  Therefore, we have dozens of varieties of Pecorino.  Every valley, every plane and...