How to scam Amazon

How to scam Amazon
I have to speak out.  I have been an amazon.com seller since 2013,  and it has been an up and down business relationship.  After my experiences of 3 years, I would say to to newbie online sellers “skedaddle!” if you see a well groomed, sexy amazon coming down the street towards you, …just go find another market … Continue reading How to scam Amazon

Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Like Wine?

Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Like Wine?
Is extra virgin olive oil like wine?  Side by side in a blind taste test, would one olive oil rise to the top?  If so, what would be the characteristics of that olive oil? After living in Southern Spain for seven years where extra virgin olive oil is a part of every meal, I decided… Continue reading Is Extra Virgin Olive Oil Like Wine?

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines
Baby Bacchus is alive and well in Spain. While you won’t find many Spaniards worshiping the Roman God of Wine, you will definitely find wine at most meals.  Wine is an important element of the Spanish gastronomical experience.  But, there are so many wines in Spain it can be a challenge to find a nice… Continue reading How to Survive in the Jungle of Spanish Wines

Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani
Botijos, pronounced …bo- TEE-hoes …. are Spanish, earthenware water jugs. For centuries, the Spanish botijos provided cool drinking water even during the hottest days (still do in fact). The shape of the botijo along with the porous clay used to make it, allow the jug to “sweat” and through evaporation, the water inside is cooled.… Continue reading Botijos, Huchas, Jarras, Jarros and Beautiful Ani

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy
The three of us were sitting on two 125cc scooters on the Island of Capri, off the southern coast of Italy.  The day was a nice, early spring day; a little cool, a slight breeze, and a little overcast with a low cloud overhang.   My wife Pia, my son Vincent and I were set on… Continue reading Exploring Italian Ceramics on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

A Wintry Drive

A Wintry Drive
I climbed into the Penske truck and the first thing I did was pop in an 8-track tape and sing “On the Road Again” with old one lung Willie.  ….Not!  …8-tracks don’t exist anymore.  Actually, I jumped into the truck, plugged in a GPS guidance system and turned the radio to a classic rock station. … Continue reading A Wintry Drive

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles

The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles
Ever wondered how Spanish artisans hand paint tile? I did. When I first arrived to Spain in 2009, I was in awe each time I entered a restaurant and saw the walls and murals. Spanish tile has an artisan look and feel to it, very different from the States, where most all the tile is… Continue reading The technique used for hand painting Spanish tiles