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My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Happy 2771st Birthday Rome!

Founded on 21 April in 753 BC, today is Rome’s 2771st birthday. Known in Italian as, ‘Il natale di Roma’. To mark her birthday, I wanted to publish an excerpt from my book I Heart Rome. I wrote it with love, from the heart and with a lump in my throat. Because I’m one of those hopeless romantics. One of those people who cries at the end of a romantic

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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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Abruzzo Food & Travel: Cooking with Rosy

Stories like Rosy’s warm my heart. Maybe because we are both Abruzzese. Or because we are both very tied to our families. Perhaps it’s because we grew up in a household where gatherings around the table were the norm. Or even because we have a passion for food. For traditions. And for storytelling. Maybe because we both had the courage in life to say “This is what I love doing,

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Easter in Abruzzo & La Madonna che Scappa

If you don’t follow me anywhere on social media, haven’t read this blog before or have been living under a rock – newsflash: my Italian family heritage is Abruzzese. And not my great great grandparents or my grandparents (even though surprise surprise – they are from Abruzzo too!) I’m talking: my parents – both of them, born in Abruzzo. In a tiny town called Prezza in the mountains of L’Aquila

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5 Secret Rome tips you’ll find in the Le Guide Repubblica’s: Maxima (English edition)

I am extremely happy to see Le Guide Repubblica – Italy’s premiere city and food guides by national news outlet, La Repubblica – move into the English market. The release of their first English-language guide, Maxima demonstrates that Rome is becoming more and more cosmopolitan and international by nature and La Repubblica is leading the way in being responsive to this.Group photo by the talented Rowena Dumlao-Giardina, The Chosen TableAt

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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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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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Why Rome is the most instagrammable city (monuments aside!)

Very often I am asked what my favourite thing about Rome is. ‘Easy’, you think: the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon. Well yes of course, these are beyond spectacular and I love them all (not equally, but close enough!). But my answer is always, ‘the colours of Rome.’ Those ochre gold and worn orange walls. The magical light at golden hour, the blazing sky sunsets, the hanging green ivy

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The day it snowed in Rome

26 February 2018. It will be a day I’ll remember forever. One I’ll look back at fondly in years to come. Not only because it was my sister’s birthday but because it will go down in my history as the first time I experienced a real snowfall. Yes, is the answer to the question I most commonly get asked: “Doesn’t it snow in Australia?”, “You’ve never seen snow before?”. Yes

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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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