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Milan Diary: Il Tempio della Gastronomia
Most major cities have a no-holds-barred fine foods store: Fauchon in Paris, Fortnum & Mason in London, and to a lesser extent Dean & Deluca in New York. All strive to gather the best of the best for a discerning clientèle. But to my mind, for sheer gastronomic delight, nothing approaches Peck at 9 Via Spadari, not too far from the Duomo in Milan. Founder Francesco Peck believed in Italian superiority, too, when he opened the store 129 years ago. For example, he is often quoted in Milan as preferring Italian cheese to anything from France. “The only good French cheese,” he used to say, “is Normandy butter.”
Perhaps because Italy has not lost its many artisanal traditions, or because when Italians put their mind to something, it comes out so well, Peck can be more than a store: it is an education in cheese, meat, wine and endless wonderful preparations of food. I can never really tell whether shopping there creates an appetite in me or satisfies it, but for light, color, smell and taste, don’t go to Milan without stopping by.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…