Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: August 21 – September 19

Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, August 21 through September 19:

  • Italy Explained
    This has been in the works for longer than I'd care to admit, & I'm pleased to finally (FINALLY) release my new Italy travel guide into the wild. Perhaps this will motivate me to work more diligently on it… In the meantime, please have a look around & let me know what you think!

    Also, I’ll be moving all my Italy-related newsy bits to Italy Explained, so from now on if you want your amuse-bouches to include a bit of Italian, you’ll need to subscribe to the Italy Explained blog feed, too.

  • The Best States for Beer Lovers
    Thrillist ranked all the states in the US based on their beer, and y'know what? Oregon came in at number one.

    "Much ballyhoo has been made of the sheer number of breweries in the Portland metro area, which tops out at more than 70 and counting… but this isn’t a case of quantity over quality. It’s a case of quantity meeting quality head on. "But that’s just one city in a state full of amazing brewers dotting the state, from the coastal Pelican to the high desert’s 10 Barrel, mid-state’s Ninkasi, Southern Oregon’s uncleverly named Southern Oregon Brewing, Mt. Hood’s Double Mountain… basically, if you enter a city or town in Oregon without a solid brewery, you’ve probably crossed into Washington or Idaho. Or maybe the capital of Salem… which sucks."


  • Andrea Pirlo and his beard are silently judging people
    Oh, man. This guy. THIS GUY.
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ Even If It’s Your Favorite Movie
    I knew some of the costumes were toxic… But I did NOT know that the Tin Man's "oil" was chocolate sauce. Some other interesting factoids in here, too.
  • Great Mistakes in English Medieval Architecture
    The mistakes made here are interesting, but it's the write-ups next to each one that had me giggling over my coffee.

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