HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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3 new food trends in Rome I’m not loving

Ah food. Always the topic of such debate and this post might cause some too. Good! Because talking about food is fun – not as fun as eating it, but close. The food scene in the eternal city changes regularly. Like in all cities, places open places close, trends come, trends go. Here are three that get a bit on my nerves: 1) Ramen everywhere Guess what Rome? Japan called

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Battle of the Chefs: the 2018 SINA Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest

This week I attended the Rome leg of the Italian Chefs’ Cup Contest. The event is held within restaurants of Sina Hotels across Italy and Rome is one of the 10 cities to participate. To date, the initiative has seen 92 Michelin Star chefs, 20 restaurants, 55 events in Italy and 5 around the world (San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and 2 in Thailand), 110 expert judges (of which 12

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Where to eat this Christmas at Rome’s luxury hotels

If you’re living in Rome or passing by for the holidays, here is a list of fine dining events for Christmas and New Years at some of the city’s top hotels. Many of the chefs and venues have Michelin stars and on request, the menu for each event is available through the restaurant / hotel. For further information and bookings, contact the hotels / restaurants directly (web contact is provided

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Noma: The night I flew to Copenhagen for dinner with strangers

Have you ever done something crazy? Like really crazy?  This is the story of an Australian girl in Rome and an English girl in Amsterdam who meet in Copenhagen to make their foodie dreams come true.  When I met Vicky Hampton – the brainchild behind the incredible foodie site Amsterdam Foodie – a few years ago, I just knew good things would happen to me.  And by good things I mean

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HeartRome’s Food & Travel Guide to Paris

A long weekend in the city of lights was just what the doctor ordered. Winter isn’t a bad time to visit Paris at all. It’s less crowded, you can zip in and out of the museums and cold, rainy days and nights just beg for you to sit indoors at a cozy bistro to stuff your face with cheese and sip wine. Thanks to a few tips from friends in

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New York Food & Travel Guide… for when you’ve been before

New York. New York New York. Ol’ blue eyes sure got it in one when he sang: “…A city that never sleeps.”. Throw a borderline-insomniac-adrenalin freak like me into the mix and you can bet that the first time (and the second and third) I visited the big apple I hardly shut eye!     I’ve always said you feel like you’re in the centre of the universe when you’re in Manhattan. It

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Melbourne dining: Vue de Monde

I first dined at Vue de Monde in Melbourne about 7 years ago. A little younger and less travelled, it was my very first real fine dining experience and I remember it vividly. Not because it was at that time – at around $250 – the most expensive meal I’d ever had, but because the 12 course degustation was a feast for the senses, palate and imagination. I still remember

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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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Rome Restaurant Week Continues: Metamorfosi

I don’t venture to the Parioli neighbourhood of Rome that often, so let’s say that when I do, I make it count. I dined with my favourite fellow Rome blogger and friend, Browsing Rome on Friday at the acclaimed Metamorfosi. And what an experience it was. From the crisp, clean and stylish ambience to the impeccable service, to most importantly – the fine, fine food. Here the plates are crafted

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Fine Dining in Rome: La Pergola

At the end of August, to bid my sister farewell after an epic European holiday, we dined at what has been referred to as the best restaurant in Rome, if not Italy. La Pergola restaurant and terrace bar is located within Rome’s Hotel Cavalieri (a Hilton Waldorf Astoria hotel) and boasts 3 Michelin stars among many other prestigious international awards. Here, the degustation menu will set you back a lazy

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