Homage is being paid to one of the greatest goddesses of the past, in the mountains of Central Italy. The Cybil or Cybele was the Magna Mater, the Mother of the Gods in the far east and then later in...
What is it like to be born into one of the most well known truffle cultivating families in Italy? I spoke with Vanda Angellozzi, 26 years old and the youngest female following in the footsteps of five...
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An endangered endemic creature is now the mascot for a fashion line. In the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, Central Italy, lies Pontius Pilate's lake. This isolated lake, located at 1940 metres, was...
In Italy recession is becoming a way of life. For example, the 'GDP Growth Rate in Italy averaged 0.60 percent from 1960 until 2016' http://www.tradingeconomics.com/italy/gdp-growth and today the ec...
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Although mountains are always moving imperceptibly, what happens in a national mountain park -- when the earth moves under your feet? The series of earthquakes in Central Italy beginning in August 201...
Morocco is a curious traveller's dream. As you follow the aroma of spicy kebabs and vegetable tagines ahead, you can't escape the vendors selling handicrafts who ask you to stop for a peek into their shops. The souks in these old cities surely excites the senses, but there is more to Morocco than what's found in these commonly-travelled areas.
The white truffle is the most prized and commands the highest prices -- in 2006 it is reported to have sold for the same price as gold. The taste is subtle but lingering and summons the musty and savoury associations of Italian harvest.
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Why would a high-end, design and manufacturing company choose to be located in a mountainous area? Dolce Vita design and create fashionable leather goods, which sell all over Europe. They are based o...
We all know many reasons not to eat meat: because of cruelty to animals, particularly within the industrial farming production system, or human health reasons due to chemicals, growth stimulants, herb...
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Studies have shown our taste for foods is created by cultural and learned experiences as Petrini (2001), Duruz (2003), Bell and Valentine (1997) and the well-known food writer Montanari (2006) describ...
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Think of Italy and one thinks of food, but not many people think 'mountains.' Yet mountains remain a principle source of the traditional, handcrafted food production Italy is famous for. And nowhere is that more true than with honey production.
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In the Middle Ages, roveja still endured as the staple diet eaten in the form of a "puls," which is an ancient Roman-style of porridge and consumed with a savoury sauce on top. Over time roveja was forgotten. By the 1990s only a few local people remembered roveja, and some found the plants growing in gullies or near streams.
Somebody at Coors Light had a horrible, no good, very bad day last week. Several people at Rethink, a well respected Vancouver advertising agency responsible for the #BraveTheCold campaign, also likely had a sleepless night trying to put the breaks on creative that was set to launch that week, after negative publicity threatened to take over. And that doesn't even credit the hundreds of thousands spent on scripting, casting, filming and editing in the first place that became unusable. Ouch.
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Central Italy is a mountainous area with fascinating, high quality food and wines yet due to the cost of transport and import restrictions seldom do these unique products reach the Canadian market where they would be greatly appreciated.
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My search for authentic truffle recipes, not found on the Internet nor in cookbooks, brings me to some inspiring places. Here, in the heartland of truffle culture, in the Central Apennines, I knew I would find something special because this is the only place where truffles can be eaten fresh all year round.
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If you use a truffle sauce at home you are using chemicals called dimethylsulfide and or bismetiltometano which are petrol chemical based and designed to replicate the smell and taste of truffles. Unfortunately this also happens with almost all truffle oils, or if one eats in a restaurant hoping to economize.
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In skiing parlance, big air usually refers to launching off of large slope side jumps. B.C.'s Revelstoke Mountain Resort has taken the concept a step -- make that a giant leap -- further.
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Red and yellow leaves blanket the ground and the air is crisp with the bite of fall, which means it's the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail! Trivago.ca has found the most spectacular hotels to set up camp.
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When North Americans make their first visits to Italy, they tend to go to the famous cities (Florence, Venice, Rome, etc.) and then maybe take in the landscape of Tuscany or the Alps. In Europe, where...
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Generally slow adventures are offered in remote or fragile environments, like mountains. There is an ecological aspect to it, to preserve and conserve the beauty of the environment. This links to Baby Boomers' reported need for beautiful and unspoilt.
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The Tuber magnatum is the most valuable truffle because it has a distinctly alluring perfume and although its taste is delicate it fulfils the quintessential sensation we expect of a 'truffle'. Due to the high price it commands, secrecy abounds.
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Trips across the border are becoming more expensive as the dollar continues to drop, but that isn't making our closest neighbour any less popular with Canadian travellers looking for that last summer vacation. Sneak in a wallet-friendly getaway before school starts!
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How many couples are so perfectly matched? Indeed, is a Barolo from Northern Italy really the best partner? Possibly, but which one? There are different "schools" of approach for the Barolo; one is traditionalist, and the other responding to changes in palate is more contemporary, but either way they are expensive and for a novice like myself it seems to present too much margin for error.
Will mountains become hotbeds of authoritarian tendencies since climate warming is so pronounced? We are culturally induced to associate mountains with freedom, and many massifs in Europe were famous centres for rebellion against the fascists in WWII. What psychological reaction to climate change may people in mountains have?
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In Montefortino, a gloriously beautiful mountain village in Central Italy, Alice Alessandrini started a mountain food label in 2012. Her pasta making business Regina dei Sibillini produces wheat in the foothills and also at 1000 meters altitude in the Monti Sibillini National Park.
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The Monti Sibillini National Park, collaborating with University of Camerino, is conducting a project experimenting with preserving mountain meadows in five sites. Two of these focus on combatting Brachypodium genuense. Since domestic animals are averse to this grass these sites are initially mown, and local people are given incentives to help maintain sheep and horses in these locations
Agroecology blends ancient practices with scientific insights. A tasty example of agroecology is the cultivation of truffles, a wild mountain food, which grows best without chemicals and enhances biod...
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Our winter weekend getaway to the new-and-improved Panorama Mountain Resort in southeast B.C. took us to the top of the world--here's our itinerary to help you achieve great heights, too.
I love snowshoeing. It is a fantastic way to be outdoors and is easy to do. Just strap on the snowshoes and start walking. Another part of snowshoeing that I really like is that you can go with a group of friends and all be at different fitness levels or abilities and enjoy nature together.
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Climate warming means countries that never cultivated truffles now have the appropriate climate conditions. For example, the North American truffle, the Oregon White, which was originally discovered in California in the 1890s, is now being farmed in southern B.C. The new cultivating countries have a new approach to truffle production. This sound good, but is it? And who monitors what you are eating?
The mountains of the Apennines in Central Italy are the heartland for truffle culture. Although there are over 15 types of truffles, the main truffles here are those that consumers come into contact with most often.
What could we do in Canada to protect our mountain forests from detrimental land use changes, increase their cultural value and slowly lessen some dependence on agricultural land? Could Scandinavian Mountain Cattle find free-range forest homes in some of Canada's mountains?