My grandfather, a chef, often said that "cooking is an art, my friend." If so, the Italians are minimalists with the mind of Salvador Dali. How else do you explain prosciutto and melon? Biscotti dipped in vin santo? Or olive oil gelato? I marvel at their creativity, their ability to perfectly pair seemingly disparate food choices that result in the creation of something altogether new and often quite extraordinary. Combining contrasting flavors, common and uncommon, familiar and unfamiliar, leave a lasting impression that transforms the enjoyable but ordinary into an experience both memorable and sublime. In my experience, the pairing of travel destinations can have a similar effect. Italy's Piedmont and Portofino are two distinct destinations that perfectly complement each other.
About: Drew Allen
Drew Allen is an aspiring Renaissance man who currently leads Backroads biking and hiking trips in Italy’s Piedmont and Portofino. He's managed retail stores for Marc Jacobs in Milan, New York and Los Angeles, as well as acted in television and film, and worked in film production, writing and producing. He’s been traveling to Italy since he was eleven years old and is happiest sharing his passion for Italy with Backroads’ guests.
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