HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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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 though.  Speaking of myths and generic news stories – mention Sicily to anyone and you

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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 the Planet”. The overarching objective is to produce the “Milan Charter” – a roadmap if

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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 opportunity to meet and engage with locals you can log on to their site and

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Streeat Food Truck Festival in Rome

This weekend the European Streeat Food Truck Festival heads to Rome. So if you’re looking for me, you’ll know where I’ll be!  On from tonight (4pm-1am) until Sunday (27-29 March, Sat and Sun: 11am-1am), the festival brings together more than 30 food trucks and ape vans to the Citta dell’altra Economia (the outdoor space that sits behind the MACRO museum in Testaccio – the ex slaughterhouse!). Food trucks that will

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Because We Can Can-Can The Musical: Sopra Le Righe – The Pride of Gaeta

This weekend Because We Can Can-Can debuts in Gaeta – a small coastal Lazio town which has become my home away from home (and Rome!). The amateur musical production is set to premiere today at the town’s Ariston Theatre ahead of opening night on Monday 16 March. I met the organisers, Sopra Le Righe through special friends of mine and they have taken a very special place in my heart.

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Casa Fabri: A home cooked Sunday lunch with a view

I go to and get invited to a lot of events in Rome. But today I had the pleasure of being a part of something really special. Roman with Umbrian origins, Fabrizio Lupi worked as a brand manager and in corporate marketing for years. But from a young age had a passion for food and cooking. So he walked away from his career and started Casa Fabri. Basically he offers

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A Love Story named Valeggio sul Mincio

Italian cuisine is so diverse from region to region. The characteristics which define these differences are based on agriculture, climate, economy and historical traditions. But one common thread is pride. Yes, from north to south, mainland to the islands, Italians are extremely proud of their cuisine. Their customs and food plays a fundamental role in socialising, community building and family. Oh and they’re a romantic bunch too! I guess you

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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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HeartRome on TV

Many many years ago in Melbourne, an astrologer told me he saw my name in the stars. He said, “I see your name up in lights.” However ridiculous it sounded at the time, it has, in a sense – and more than a decade later – come true. On Friday night, the Rome episode of Dubai-produced social travel series Peeta Planet aired across the Middle East to about 50 million

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This is Food, Rome 2014

This is Food, a two day food event, hits Rome this weekend. I was unable to attend last year but intend on being there this time around! Held at Officine Farneto in the Foro Italico / Stadio Olimpico zone (about 20 minutes drive north of the historical centre), the event will feature food stands from some of the city’s premier dining establishments, street food artists, gastronomy workshops and kids activities.

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