October 9, 2012

Illness Forces Joseph Calleja to Cancel His Oct 11 Album-Release Concert at City Winery

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Joseph Calleja’s October 11th concert at downtown Manhattan’s City Winery, which was to celebrate the U.S. release of the his fourth solo album for Decca, Be My Love: A Tribute to Mario Lanza (out today), has been canceled. The Maltese tenor was taken ill after a performance yesterday in Helsinki, Finland, and he was advised by his doctor not to travel to New York. “I was very much looking forward to coming to New York and am extremely frustrated and disappointed by this turn of events,” said Calleja in a statement. “Unfortunately the severe congestion caused by this virus makes me unable to sing.” The concert was being produced in collaboration with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food and was to mark Calleja’s only New York appearance this season. All current ticket holders are being notified and offered refunds or transfers to other shows. Please contact City Winery’s concierge with any questions at (212) 608-0555.

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March 5th, 2015

Leave the excellent Maltese bread alone

One thing which is pretty unique in Maltese cuisine is our bread. Its really quite extraordinary especially when eaten still warm with a table spoon of olive oil, some fresh Maltese tomatoes, capers and tuna or what many call “Hobz biz – zejt.” Of all and everything in Maltese cuisine our bread is the one thing that has some international recognition of really being one of the tastiest sour dough around. The Puglia loaf comes close but doesn’t make the grade.

I was quite bemused when I read that the local health authorities  are suggesting to revise” the salt content in Maltese bread, potentially altering an ancient recipe that is already under siege from mass production and modern machinery. I mean really who comes up with this stuff? Can we tackle the disgusting fast food restaurants selling all that processed food before? What about any alcohol, sweets, cigars and cigarettes? Why don’t we ban everything and anything that might kill us or give us a couple of bars more in our blood pressure.

Surely the road to take here is to indeed protect the artisanal making of our Maltese bread and to remind the populace, through education, that moderation and a varied diet is the key to good health. There are plenty bigger fish to fry than our innocuous “hobza”…