Category Archives: Food

What to eat in Rome

What to eat in Rome? If you want to eat well in a foreign city, it’s always a good idea to do some research before you go. I didn’t do any research before going to Rome. Slight mistake. But Rome … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Rome

A Roman breakfast is not a gentle start to the day. On our recent stay in the Eternal City (2 months ago is recent, right?), our budget hotel gave us vouchers for breakfast at the bar downstairs. The bar was … Continue reading

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Via Margutta, Rome

Via Margutta is a particularly pretty Roman Street between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna. Faded yellow and terracotta buildings, 3 and 4 storeys high, line the narrow laneway. Long, thick vines trail down walls and over archways, their … Continue reading

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When in Rome

On a grey morning in late October, we caught a series of trains (Mantova-Modena-Bologna-Rome) to Italy’s ancient capital. By lunchtime we were eating at an outdoor table at a Roman restaurant. The waiters were those elderly/middle-aged Italian guys that you … Continue reading

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Memorable Meals in the Med

One of the many delights of the Med, Sicily in this particular case, is the unpretentious yet delicious meals they serve. The food is local, by which I mean the menu is shaped by geography, tradition and Sicily’s agriculture. It’s highly familiar: Mediterranean/Italian/Sicilian … Continue reading

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Paris: Where not to go for a drink on a Saturday night

We arrived in Paris on a Saturday afternoon, Signor Lu and I. Without any hiccups, we got got from the airport to our hotel via the €10 roissybus. (A multilingual on-board screen made the route crystal clear.) At the hotel, we … Continue reading

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The Italian Supermarket

Grocery shopping in an Italian supermarket is pretty much like grocery shopping anywhere. However, there are certain things I can count on seeing each time I go out to stock up on supplies. In the supermarket carpark, there will always … Continue reading

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MasterChef Italia

My new routine on Thursday evenings is to stay in and watch MasterChef Italia, season 2. (This is not greatly different to my old routine.) Season 2 doesn’t have the same innocent charm as the first season. Season 2 never … Continue reading

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What I Ate in Lübeck

Lübeck, in Northern Germany, is near the coast and so fish – herring, cod and plaice, in particular – are local specialties. As a fish-lover, I ate fish every day during our short stay. (I also ate a lot of … Continue reading

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The Week in Pictures

The week began with a weather forecast that said it was going to be hot, hot, hot – pretty much all week. Fortunately it wasn’t quite as bad as they’d said it would be, but it was still pretty hot. … Continue reading

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