Category Archives: Travel and Tales

Quiche Frascataine

Warning … caveat Emptor … this is a rather long post … if it’s the recipe you are after, and to be honest it would be worth your while taking a look at it, just scoll down until you come … Continue reading

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Frascati and Principe Pallavicini Wine

One of the pleasures of living in the Castelli Romani, south east of Rome, is that one is surrounded by hectares and hectares of vineyards and olive groves.  Big, brutish buildings unfortunately also abound – the kind much favoured by … Continue reading

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Montalbano Land and “Enzo a Mare”

During the Autumn of 2002, I signed up for a course of cooking classes that were held on a Tuesday evening and happened to coincide with the TV showing of the popular Inspector Montalbano series.  I took a look just … Continue reading

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Two Galleries and The Artist: Lorcan O’Neill Gallery and Mat Collishaw in Rome

There is food for eating and there is food for thought.  This is a shot of Via de’ Catinari, Rome, and, despite what their body language might impress, these people were actually hanging about and taking part in an ‘event’ … Continue reading

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The Chianina Shop at Lastra a Signa

Fellow food blogger, Stefan (Stefangourmet.wordpress.com), who lives in Holland, wrote the following comment à propos of my post on the Chianina steak: “The steak looks great! I did a post on Fiorentina in January, but couldn’t get any Chianina back … Continue reading

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La Fiorentina – Not Just Any Old Steak

As the late and much-mourned Kyle Phillips wrote: “Many in the English-speaking world would call this a Porterhouse and wonder what the fuss is about. And they’d be right in most cases; though Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Florentine-Style Steak, is featured … Continue reading

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Fishy Guests and Food-Laden Friends

I think we have all heard of the Spanish greeting “mi casa es su casa”.  In Arabic there is an exact same proverb which goes something like this: bye-tee bye-too-keh (my house is your house).  And in English we have … Continue reading

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