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Salina – the mountainous green heart of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands

There’s Italy, then there’s Sicily. And there’s Sicily and then there are the Aeolian islands (le isole Eolie). I’ve spent more than 5 summers on the islands and dozens more on the Sicilian ‘mainland’ and I just can’t get enough. The fusion of cultures, the architecture, the people, the landscape, the food. And the desserts. Almonds, pistacchio, ricotta, lemon. I could go on. I’d been to Salina before (hell I

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Women, the Rome food sector and the new Pianostrada (Pianoalto)

Lately it gives me great pleasure talking to people – foreigners, visitors, experts, friends – about the roman food scene. You’ve always been able to eat well in this city. But lately it’s taken some turns and with a nod to cities like New York and London, it would seem that Rome is becoming more international than ever. Rooftop bars, quality hotel dining, fusion cuisine, contemporary design fit outs, cutting

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15 photos that will convince you to visit Riga

Having travelled quite extensively through southern, western and Mediterranean Europe, this summer my sister and I decided to visit some Eastern European capitals. This part of the world has a rich and fascinating history that spans various wars and political upheaval – the impact of which can be felt today. From art nouveau to Russian cuisine to contemporary Latvian dining and rooftop cocktails. Passionfruit eclairs to colourful buildings to a

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Laudemio & Tordomatto: an EVO match made in heaven

I just want to say upfront that up until what seems like only a little while ago it was fine to refer to extra virgin olive oil as – extra virgin olive oil. But now – like most things – it has been abbreviated to an acronym: EVO. Because, let’s face it: who has time to pronounce three words anyway! And now on the topic of EVO – meet Laudemio.

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FishHub: Casual seafood dining in the heart of the city

Tonight I was chatting to my girlfriends about crudi (raw seafood from tartare to carpaccio and beyond) and how outside of Italy, it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when one things of cuisine on the boot-shaped peninsula. While fishing towns and coastal regions from Campania to Puglia in south Italy have had a long history of eating fresh, raw seafood in a variety of ways, this recent

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Materia Cafe: Where design and good food collide

When I walked into Materia Cafe I felt as though I’d landed into one of those cool hipster cafes in Melbourne’s Collingwood. In fact it could have been Williamsburg in Brooklyn or Shoreditch in London. You get the drift. Hipsters rejoice! I do love the classic style you find around Rome, but when design spaces like Materia come on to the scene – and I mean not just a hanging

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7 different Carbonara experiences in Rome

Soccer, religion, politics. Day-in, day-out, these are the things that are debated along the boot-shaped peninsula that is Italy. But one thing causes more debate in Rome than any of these topical three. The age-old carbonara. How it’s made, where it’s best eaten, the number of eggs, pancetta (from the pork belly) vs guanciale (from the pork cheek), spaghetti or rigatoni, Pecorino Romano and/or Parmigiano Reggiano, whole eggs or a

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Suburra 1930: Where cocktails and food meet

I do enjoy Monti neighbourhood and it’s certainly an area of the city I recommend to visitors. For many reasons really: 1) it’s right by the Colosseum, 2) it’s a cool locals’ hangout (especially in summer people spill out of bars and into piazzas) 3) it’s super pretty, and 4) it’s full of independent designer stores, bars and restaurants. I recently experienced Suburra 1930. This stylish restaurant and cocktail bar

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Where to try Japanese fusion dining in Rome

Cocktails, craft beer, ‘streetfood’ in all shapes and sizes, speakeasies, ramen and burgers – Rome has sure had its fair share of trends lately. Some great, others not so great. Another popular dining format is that of Japanese fusion. The city has seen Japanese / Brazilian chains Temakinho and SambaMaki and a whole host of spin offs over the last few years. If you’re not an informed Jap/Bra fan you’d

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Caffe` Propaganda V 2.0

I always liked Caffe` Propaganda. Quite simply, it’s centrally located, cool and fun and has a great vibe. I’ve eaten and drank here many times and it really hasn’t ever disappointed. Owned by entrepreneurs Maurizio Bistocchi, Daniele Quattrini and Edoardo Caracciolo, the place has just had a revamp. According to them, the philosophy behind their new format is avant-garde; in fact they’ve created an entire menu named Hotel Avantguardia which

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