"A bite of Tuscan prosciutto is all you need to understand salt-free Tuscan bread, the stuff that Dante so deeply missed when he was in exile. Prosciutto Toscano is saltier and a bit spicier than prosciutto from Parma or San Daniele, so saltless bread is an excellent foil. And now you can see for yourself. After years of due diligence to comply with Department of Agriculture rules, the hams are being imported into the United States for the first time. They are different from other hams because of the somewhat smaller size of the pigs, which also have less fat, and the seasoning used in curing, which involves pepper and juniper as well as salt. "The texture is also drier than the others," said Cesare Casella, the Tuscan chef who is selling the ham in his shops. "It's more like Spanish serrano ham": $28 a pound at Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto on the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. Also at Eataly and Fairway."
Florence Fabricant, The New York Times, February 26, 2013
36-1, Myeongnyun 2-ga, Jongno-gu
"Long hours at the office, tiny apartments and high stress levels are so characteristic of life in Seoul that the city's motto might as well be "Abandon sleep, all ye who enter here." So it's not surprising that Seoul residents keep thousands of coffee shops in business. The cafes allow tired masses to meet in a space that's neither home nor work, taking time out from busy schedules to see friends and relax. While faceless chains are plentiful, a number of quirky theme cafes have sprung up, satisfying both the need for caffeine and the Korean passion for anything trendy, cute or both. Charming, whimsical and sometimes downright bizarre, these places embody a peculiarly Korean sensibility." [...]
"About 20 cats of various breeds live in this scrupulously clean cafe. Cat lovers whose homes are too small to house a pet can spend time playing with and photographing the residents while enjoying their coffee." [...]
Nell McShane Wulfhart, The New York Times, January 5, 2012
You'll actually have one more story to climb once you arrive in the elevator lobby, where you can take a tri-level stairway adorned with some very fitting text from the three parts of Dante's Divine Comedy. The first staircase is from Inferno (Hell), the second from Puragtorio (Purgatory), and the final from Paradiso (Heaven).
La Birreria is at 200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St., Flatiron
Brew York, New York
Dante Street, New Orleans, LA
Contributed by Donatella Stocchi Perucchio
Contributed by Steve Bartus (Bowdoin, '08)
Contributed by Krista Gladman (Bowdoin, '11)
"These amazing little candies are hand forged by demons in the third circle of hell."
Contributed by Lisa Flannagan
Background Image: Domenico di Michelino, Dante and His Comedy, 1465