Venice in Mind: Ponte de Gheto Novo

By Monday, March 23, 2015 Permalink 0

by Jonell Galloway

Reflections of the sestiere of Canareggio in the canal, taken from the Ponte de Gheto Novo, literally the “new ghetto bridge,” leading from Canareggio to perhaps the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world.


Venice in Mind: Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza

By Sunday, March 15, 2015 Permalink 1

This stage set at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza truly makes the viewer feel they can walk into the set.

Andrea Palladio built this theatre, the first indoor theatre in masonry, between 1580 and 1585, when it was inaugurated. The interior is decorated with elaborate wood, stucco and plaster, and the building is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

It is open for visits, and theatre and musical productions are still held there.

Spices, Corruption and Taxes

By Friday, March 13, 2015 Permalink 1

Spices and Corruption: Spices were so expensive that they could be given as gifts. Custom was to give them to judges during trials as thanks…or to corrupt them. In the 14th century, the term “spices” designated a mandatory tax which was added to the subtotal of a bill.–Le Viandier, credited to Guillaume Tirel, alias Taillevent


How To Be A Poet, by Wendell Berry

By Thursday, March 12, 2015 Permalink 0

How To Be A Poet, by Wendell Berry

(to remind myself)


Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment.


Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.


Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.


By Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Permalink 0


Award-winning wine writer, James Flewellen, and Cordon Bleu-educated chef and food journalist, Jonell Galloway, present wine and food tasting masterclasses in the historic French city of Chartres. Compromised dedicated wine tastings, sumptuous meals made from local ingredients paired with regional Loire Valley wines and a unique, ‘sense-awakening’ taste experience, our food and wine holiday courses will help unlock your taste buds and introduce the richness of aromas, flavours and textures present in food and wine. A music festival, with live music in the streets, restaurants, theatres, churches and bars, is held to celebrate the Summer Solstice. If you’re interested in signing up, please click here.

Recipe: Shaker-style Apple Custard Oat Pie

By Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Permalink 1

by Jonell Galloway

Shaker-style apple custard oatmeal pie

Shaker-style apple custard oatmeal pie

Apple Custard Oatmeal Filling

For one 9-inch pie crust


6 egg yolks
4 egg whites
1 cups brown sugar
1 cup melted butter
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups peeled, cored, sliced cooking apples
2 egg whites, beaten until they form hard peaks

About Jonell Galloway

By Friday, August 1, 2014 Permalink 1

About Jonell Galloway

I’m Jonell Galloway. I grew up on Wendell Berry and food straight from a backyard Kentucky garden.

The library and my grandparents’ garden and table were my favorite hangouts as a child, and the rest of my life has evolved around them. My house is like an overflowing library, and the “fruits” of my kitchen delight the palates and noses of our family, neighbors and friends.

I had a vision of promoting the loves of my life, food and writing, so I founded the non-profit website The Rambling Epicure in 2009.

My viewpoints about food and writing are mine and are only influenced by my reading, travels and first-hand knowledge. I believe in real food grown in a caring, loving environment without industrial processing. I don’t promote anything – no restaurants, no writers, no brand names – that I don’t truly believe in.

The people I frequent often have the same philosophy, but that is not exclusive. Many are writers and artists who uphold similar ideals and seek similar goals; many are fellow travelers in life.

If you’d like to become part of my world and share my personal food and travel adventures, you can follow me here:

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Food writing and word mastering have always been my line of work. The Rambling Epicure promotes the best food writing by the best writers in the field. In May 2014, respected writer Elatia Harris and I joined to form a food writing community: The Rambling Epicure, Mastering the Art of Food Writing, where you can follow our very active Facebook discussions, writing, and reflections on writing. Our community is inhabited by people like you who want to become a food writer, who seek to improve their food writing, or who are already professional writers in search of a like-minded community, and others who simply like reading food literature.

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