Favara: Sicily’s Secret Cool

Favara: Sicily’s Secret Cool

A lot about Italy in the international press of late is about doom and gloom; how the eurozone and broader global financial crisis has just about crippled this country’s economy and people. But there are also many community projects and people committed to culture, growth and community. These don’t generally make for good news stories … Continue reading

Where to Cocktail in Rome 

Where to Cocktail in Rome 

I do love a cocktail. But I’m not a spritz girl and admittedly when you live in Italy this can make for some awkward moments at the bar.  But about a year ago, thanks to a friend, I discovered the Hugo. This cocktail, popular in north Italy has slowly (in true Italian style) made its … Continue reading

Uncovering the Real Florence 

Uncovering the Real Florence 

With millions of tourists each year, it’s hard to not bump into a couple here and there in old Firenze.  I’ve visited the city about half a dozen times over the past 15 years but recently, I experienced a very different Florence from the one that sits under the watchful eye of the Statue of … Continue reading

10 Tips on How To Survive the Milan World Expo

10 Tips on How To Survive the Milan World Expo

The Milan World Expo is a world fair that this year brings together over 140 nations to talk about food systems, innovation and nutrition. Each country showcases the very best of what they are doing in the food sector through cluster stands and unique, architecturally designed pavilions, aiming to promote the Expo theme of “Feed … Continue reading

Social Eating: My Favourite Things – Social + Eating

Social Eating: My Favourite Things – Social + Eating

Social. Foodie. Experiential travel. Local travel. These all seem to be buzz words of late. But what happens when you combine the lot? Something beautiful that’s been coined, social eating.  BonAppetour is a relatively new company that offers local and travelers a vehicle to connect. It’s easy really, if you’re traveling and looking for an … Continue reading

Ciociaria in Lazio: A Food lover’s Delight

Ciociaria in Lazio: A Food lover’s Delight

When I was recently invited to visit Lazio’s Ciociaria region, everyone I mentioned it to in Rome said one and the same thing: You’re going to love the food. This area is located in the region’s south-east, around an hours drive from Rome in the province of Frosinone. Featuring quaint towns, medieval villages, sprawling green … Continue reading

10 Things Eating Amsterdam Taught Me

10 Things Eating Amsterdam Taught Me

Amsterdam is just so darn pretty. I mean my eyes started to hurt after a while from all the… Pretty!  The heritage protected canal belt area is just gorgeous and so on a sunny spring morning (with Amsterdam being a little bit of a show-off for me!) I met my food tour guide (colleague and … Continue reading