HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

September 2014

Pianostrada in Trastevere: Street Food that’s all Class

Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina opened in Trastevere in May. It’s taken me 4 long months to get there but I can safely say I will probably spend the next few months making up for lost time. This sandwich and street-food bar is owned by Paola, her daughters Alice and Flaminia and her friend Chiara. Yes, in a climate of economic decline, these four courageous women decided to take a leap

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HeartRome Turns 3

Today on the 3rd anniversary of HeartRome, I smile, my heart is happy and I reflect. On what I have achieved with this blog. What it means and what it has taught me. It’s actually really hard to articulate what HeartRome means to me. In essence, it has become a part of me. An extension of me and my life. It has been the catalyst for so many amazing things

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Ponza: Italy’s Best Kept Secret

My answer to the question, ‘What is Italy’s best kept secret?’, changes kind of often. Yes, I’m fortunate enough to know Italy quite well and have traveled extensively across the country over the past 15 years. I’ve seen many a beach, mountain, lake, UNESCO heritage site, church, monument and island. But then came, Ponza. One of the Pontine Islands, Ponza is located off the Lazio coast, just a 1-1.5 hour

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Taste of Rome 2014: Where Rome’s Best Chefs Come out to Play

There are a lot of restaurants in Rome. Ok there are thousands. But of these, only 15 hold coveted Michelin stars. Only one holds 3 (Heinz Beck’s La Pergola which has held the title for over 10 years and is 1 of only 8, 3 Michelin star rated dining establishments in all of Italy). I’ve been fortunate to have dined at 6 of these restaurants (La Pergola, Glass Hostaria, Metamorfosi,

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Palermo: the beautiful, thriving, beating heart of Sicily

I think I must’ve been Sicilian somewhere along the line. Otherwise it’s just too hard to explain the love I have for this island region. An impromptu 2 day mini break to Palermo was all it took to remind me that this eclectic, breathtakingly beautiful, culturally diverse and food rich part of the world just somehow speaks to my soul. Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and with a

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3 Years in Rome

It’s just about 3 years to the day that I moved to Rome people! And what a ride it’s been! In this short time, I have met so many amazing people, made genuine friendships and worked extremely hard to establish myself in a field I am passionate about. Deciding to move to another country isn’t just something you wake up and decide. In fact it took me years. It takes

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Formentera Fun & Food

I spent my ferragosto – the week in Italy, and many parts of Europe, that coincides with the religious holiday of 15 August – with my sister and dear friends in Formentera, Spain. One of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is the tranquil cousin island of party-central Ibiza. While it still packs a real punch if nightlife is your thing, it’s predominantly a haven of hippy markets and shops, quaint towns

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20 Reasons You Know You’re Living in Rome

(But wouldn’t change it for the world!) 1. You walk in to a shop and upon hearing only English speaking tourists, shout over them in Italian to get served before them. 2. You buy your cheese from a cheese shop and a cheese shop only. 3. No seat on a toilet bowl doesn’t surprise you. 4. In fact seeing a seat on a toilet bowl is what surprises you! 5.

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