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My life and times in the eternal city

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15 Melbourne Dining Experiences

My first post for the year is not about Rome, but my home city, Melbourne. I had some outstanding dining experiences while I was in town – no surprises there, given it’s Australia’s culinary capital – and I wanted to share these 15 places to eat if you’re in town or headed there any time soon. From casual cafe style lunches to breakfasts (packed with avocado) to award-winning establishments, Melbourne

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The 25 HeartRome Dining Highlights of 2015 

To say I had some unforgettable dining experiences in 2015 would be an understatement. I work in food tourism, I blog about food and travel and eat for a living. I was also given the honour this year of reviewing around 40+ Rome restaurants (in less than 40 days) for a world renowned travel guide (due to be published in May 2016 and more to be announced in due course).

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Melbourne Dining: Cutler & Co

Yes I come back to Melbourne every year to see my family and friends and spend the holidays with them. And yes I also come home to eat! Melbourne is a melting pot of cuisine and is Australia’s dining capital. Chefs from around the world have even set up camp here of late – from Heston Blumenthal to the guys from Sweden’s, Noma. Just about every cuisine to fusion twists

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Arrivederci Roma 2015

2015. Another year in Rome said and done for me. As I sat down to write this post, like always, I felt a wave of emotion. It’s always sad to say goodbye to my adopted city, but what awaits in Melbourne very much outweighs the melancholy. It’s been a trying few months for me in Rome with some (not serious) health issues and a grueling work and travel schedule. So

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10 things you should know about Italian wine

This week, I was a guest of Eating Italy Food Tours at their new, Italian Food and Wine Journey. This new and exciting venture brings together a certified Roman sommelier, a cozy little restaurant tucked right away from the tourist hordes, a lot of wine and up to 8 food and wine enthusiasts with an appetite (or should I say, thirst!) to learn. Marco Lori, our consummate host and Eating

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L’Arrosticinaro: Can one really eat Arrosticini in Rome?

I swore to myself (and to a few others) that I would never eat arrosticini outside of Abruzzo. I had in the past and it just always ended badly. The people of Abruzzo take arrosticini making and eating very seriously! And so do I. These skewers of mutton are cooked on a flame and sprinkled with just the right dose of salt. In Abruzzo that is. In Rome or anywhere

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4 years in Rome. Has living here changed me?

This week I celebrated my 4 year Rome anniversary.  These are the moments in life, the milestones, if you like, where you stop for a minute and reflect. Rome has changed me. Depending on perspective, in a very positive way. Yes, change is a part of life. As people, we constantly change, we grow, we evolve. Still, when family or friends back home jokingly say to me, “You’ve changed!” or

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10 Things to do in Turin 

Earlier this year, Turin kinda stole my heart. I’d grown up hearing about the industrial north and Piemonte which conjured only images of grey, dull and boring. Then I got there and every single myth was dispelled. The first capital of Italy, Torino was once ruled by the French and influences can be seen throughout. From the wide boulevards and ornate buildings and architecture through to the cafe culture that

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Italian Lakes: Lago di Orta 

If you haven’t heard of Lake Orta, you’re not alone. Not many Italians have either! French novelist Honorè de Balzak described it as a “A grey pearl in a green jewel-box”. And I couldn’t agree more, for grey pearls are rare and unique and this encapsulates exactly what this stunning treasure of the world is. Lago di Orta is the smallest lake in the northern lake district of Italy. This

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Stazione di Posta: Where Rome’s Old and New Meld into One

Have you ever eaten in an old slaughterhouse? Well I did recently! And not just any old slaughterhouse. The ex-mattatoio in Testaccio site now houses the MACRO museum, the Citta dell’altra Economia and a Michelin star restaurant and is a place which played a most significant role in the birth of roman cuisine (read more about this in my post about cucina romana).   Stazione di Posta, the brainchild of young roman

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