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Japan Restaurant Week: Rome, Florence & Milan

Living in Rome, Roman food is my thing. Fusion dining interests me. I love the odd taco and ceviche too. But one cuisine I won’t ever tire of is Japanese. And thankfully in Rome there are a select few where I can get my fix. So when I received an invite to the private residence of the Japanese Ambassador to Italy – to eat! – you can guess I was

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Why Milan is cooler than ever

Writing this post, I gave myself the challenge of describing Milan in three words that justifiably contradict the three words that are often used (dull, grey and boring). So, I’d like to start off by describing Milan as sophisticated, sexy and stylish. Yes – this is Italy’s business HQ and in comparing it to the capital, Italians often say “Rome is Italy, Milan is Europe“, a direct reference to the

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10 Tips on How To Survive the Milan World Expo

The Milan World Expo is a world fair that this year brings together over 140 nations to talk about food systems, innovation and nutrition. Each country showcases the very best of what they are doing in the food sector through cluster stands and unique, architecturally designed pavilions, aiming to promote the Expo theme of “Feed the Planet”. The overarching objective is to produce the “Milan Charter” – a roadmap if

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One day in Milan

Milan. Probably one of the most underrated and overlooked cities of Italy. Perhaps because it is known the world over for its origins in industry. In a sense, it is the commercial capital of Italy. The business centre. And granted, to an outsider that might not scream ‘sexy!’ But there’s just so much to like about it. Style. Fashion. Art. History. It has a cosmopolitan feel. It’s the most ‘rat-race’

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Regional delights in the heart of Rome: Part 1

Visiting Rome anytime soon? Or maybe – like me – you’re lucky enough to be living in the eternal city? This month I’m pleased to have a guest blogger Buzz in Rome to provide some recommendations for those of you who want to take an Italian regional culinary journey through Rome. Italian cuisine is so varied among the 20 regions of Italy that specialties can be different from one small

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Snow in the eternal city

As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare

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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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