HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

April 2012

Seafood feast fit for a King (or Queen)!

Don’t you love going out for dinner with friends? What makes it so enjoyable of course, is great company, food and wine and atmosphere (oh and did I mention good wine?). We had this tonight in droves. A friend of mine organised a dinner at L’Allegro (the happy one in English) – owned by his friend Davide who is Roman but with Sardinian heritage. So at 9pm (average dinner time

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Making pasta in the Roman Countryside… Life could be worse!

Good food.  Good wine.  It gets people talking.  It feeds the soul (and the stomach!). But importantly it brings people together.  This week I had the privilege of participating in a Roman Countryside Cooking Day organised by Fabio Bongiani’s cooking school – aptly named Fabiolous Cooking Day. And ‘fabiolous’ it truly was!  I can’t thank my brother and sister-in-law enough for this birthday present of a lifetime! (Yes, I have a

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Australia through Italian eyes: Stingrays, Spiders and Kiwis!

I must admit I continue to develop a strong sense of pride being an Australian living in Italy / Europe. Having travelled to just about every continent, I have always been welcomed and well-received as an Australian and this seems to be the consensus among other travellers and fellow Aussies. I do find it fascinating – ok sometimes frustrating – and for the most part very funny, the comments I

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On an afternoon in Monti

Yesterday was Rome’s 2,765th Birthday. In fact celebrations will continue throughout today also. So yesterday I woke up and thought how do I want to spend Rome’s birthday? Well it started with a trip to my hairdressers (in Trastevere) and a walk around the neighborhood visiting old friends and neighbors. Then I headed to Monti. This characteristic rione (this means district, of which there are 12 in the city) of

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Rome Carbonara Club – Secret Business

When I posted a story of my love for the quintessential roman carbonara a couple of weeks ago I never anticipated being invited to join a Carbonara Club – or that there even was such a thing! The term Club is used in a light, informal sense and refers to a group of fellow Rome-homers (I don’t love using the word expat) and some local Romans who go out in search

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Happy Birthday Roma!

I just found out that it’s a little someone’s birthday this weekend! On Saturday 21 April Rome celebrates her 2,765th Birthday and the occasion will be marked in various ways across the city. I guess Rome and I have a few things I’m common (beauty of course being the obvious you say 🙂 No, thats not it). We both mark our birthdays this month and therefore share the same zodiac

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Rome Monuments: My Top 5

Rome means many things to me. And while living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world carries some perceived glamour, it’s not all about pizza, the Trevi Fountain and gelato. The city has evolved even as a tourist destination over the past decade, offering a more international vibe and the opportunity for travellers to experience so much more than the cliché. And this is because it has

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To Rome With Love

Woody Allen’s latest film, To Rome With Love fittingly had its world premiere in Rome on Friday night. The red carpet event was held at the Hotel Parco dei Principi, which is a five-star luxury hotel located near Villa Borghese with beautiful views of St Peter’s Basilica (www.parcodeiprincipi.com). The romantic comedy stars Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Italian actor Roberto Begnini (of Life is Beautiful fame), Australia’s very own

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Italy and the football world in mourning

All football in Italy was suspended this weekend after the sudden the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini. Only 25 years old, he collapsed on the pitch during a Serie B game in Pescara and was later pronounced dead in hospital. He had been playing with Livorno on loan from Serie A side Udinese. As you know I don’t generally blog about sad things nor am I a news source.

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Drills, Hammers and a Jesus Party to Remember

Since moving to Rome I have learnt to use a drill. I have also used a hammer and nails. Those of you who know me well – yes – you are on the right page and reading the right blog. And no, I have not been recently been abducted by aliens. It’s just me learning to do the things a strong, independent, single woman of the world should know how

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