HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Food & Wine

How we drink in Roma

While the Milanesi can certainly take credit for bringing the aperitivo to Italy, you definitely have to hand it to the Romans for transforming happy hour time into something chic. Aperitivo or the aperitif as it’s referred to in English, is literally an alcoholic beverage taken before dinner. But in Italy, it’s much much more than that! The concept is similar to happy hour but it’s not a two-for-one type

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On a long weekend in Roma

It’s the first time in a long time I haven’t been in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup long weekend (for my international readers, the country pretty much closes down for a horse race on the 1st Tuesday in November and most people take the Monday off as well!) But I got to experience a long weekend in Rome too! Tuesday 1 November was All Saints Day and this religious day

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Eurochocolate 2011 – Perugia

I absolutely love a festival. I’ve been to food and wine festivals, street festivals, music festivals, I’ve even event managed a festival or two! For me, there is just something special about them. While not always immediately visible, a festival has a long lasting and profound social, economic and cultural impact on a city. It creates a sense of vibrancy and life; intangible but somewhat electric. And… they’re lots of

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Roman Tea Party

You can imagine the comments and strange looks I get when I tell Italians that I don’t drink coffee. Well I have the occasional one with milk or a frappe / iced coffee in summer but for all intents and purposes, you could say I drink coffee like a kid – completely watered down & not too often! Given what I like to call my innate italian-ness, this has always

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Tiramisu… Roman style

Some of you may or may not find this interesting or of any real significance. However – those of you who know me well will appreciate the excitement I felt when tonight I finally visited Bar Pompi – Il Regno del Tiramisu (which literally means Tiramisu Kingdom or House of Tiramisu I guess). A life without dessert, for me, is pretty much a life not worth living! And as I

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