HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

Category Food & Wine

Rome Markets: My Top 5 Picks

Nothing screams life more than visiting a market in Rome! Lively and colorful I love walking through a mercato in Rome and getting lost in the sights, smells and sounds. They provide a snapshot into the life of local Roman traders. In fact, nothing is more entertaining than watching the sometimes explosive interaction between stall holders, butchers or fish mongers (all in a tirade of beautiful Roman dialect or Romanaccio)

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Eating Italy Food Tour

Now I’ve visited Rome as a tourist probably more than 20 times in my life… and now I live here. So why, you might ask, would I even consider doing a food tour of the city? Well a friend of mine here runs Eating Italy Food Tours and after reading the rave reviews he has received, quite simply, I had to see what all the fuss was about (oh and

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A Roman in Budapest

Two weeks ago I left Rome for a mini break up north to Budapest. With its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, I’d been dying to visit for years. And it did not disappoint. Like most European capitals the cityscape is low rise. The Danube River divides the city centre with Pest on one side (the more commercial, political and financial centre) and Buda (kind of

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Buon Appetito! Roman Recipes – Ricette Romane

I’ve had some email and other requests recently to actually post the recipes of all these fantastic Roman dishes I’ve been blogging about… so by popular demand here they are. If however you prefer to follow the recipes in Italian, check out this fantastic site with recipes to almost every Roman plate you can think of: http://www.romaspqr.it/roma/Ricette_romane.htm Also regarding the cooking of the pasta, I presume most people know of

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Roman food… glorious food

A blog about my living experience in Rome really wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to food! So here it is…. To say that the food and produce in Italy is amazing, is just a gross understatement. Thankfully I don’t drive here so I get to burn off any excess calories by having to walk just about everywhere. Obviously Italian cuisine is revered worldwide and I’m living in the

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Rome in pictures

As the sayings go, ‘a picture tells a 1000 words’ or ‘every picture tells a story’. So here is a collection of some of my fave pictures of the past few months. Collectively they do tell a story – they tell my story of living in my Rome and I will cherish them always! Will keep adding as I go… Enjoy! ; ; Autumn has well and truly set in

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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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