Roadside Bubbly, Anyone?

A producer of Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region of Italy recently launched an innovative project—a roadside Prosecco vending machine. The machine works like any other of its kind: insert money, press a code, retrieve your selection. The apertures and holding racks have been…

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Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence are the quintessential flavor of southern France, marketed throughout the region in decorative tins or rustic-looking canvas sachets. Stripped of their elegant appellation, however, herbes are simply a blend of some of your most common dried kitchen herbs: rosemary, summer savory, oregano,…

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Chickens for Change! Or, Another Reason to Love France

Residents of Barsac in the Bordeaux district of southwest France recently participated in an unusual public ceremony—adopting chickens. Mayor Philippe Meynard launched his ‘chicken program’ in February, an initiative that grants households a pair of hens for two years, in response to the issue of food…

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