What to do in the Salento Region of Puglia, Italy

Dan and I were off to Italy again!  We had been invited by the Puglia Tourist Board who promised to show us a whole host of things to do in the Salento Region.  (Puglia is the southernmost part of Italy or the ‘heel of the boot of Italy’ and Salento is the southern tip of…

Cicchetti Covent Garden – London, UK

Cicchetti Covent Garden was the destination for dinner tonight.  We’d been invited to review their menu and we were very excited.  I’d checked it out online at lunch and had been starving ever since!  Everything sounded so so appealing.  The concept at Cicchetti Covent Garden is small plates to share, a kind of Italian Tapas,…

Tavole di San Giuseppe – St Joseph’s Tables

This weekend we were back in Puglia!  We’d been invited to celebrate the festival of Tavole di San Giuseppe (St Joseph’s Tables).  We were guests of the Mayor of Minervino di Lecce and he was excited to show us the traditions that they celebrate.  The Tavole di San Giuseppe is a festival held on the…

Palazzo Ducale Venturi – Minervino di Lecce, Puglia

This weekend Dan and I were in Puglia to celebrate the festival of the Tavole di San Giuseppe.  ‘The table of St Joseph.’  We’ve been to Puglia before but never to the Salento region (the very South part).  We were lucky enough to be staying in the beautiful Palazzo Ducale Venturi in Minervino di Lecce. …

Bottomless Brunch at PerBacco – Parsons Green, London

PerBacco (meaning Oh Wow! in Italian) is a relatively new Italian restaurant on the Fulham Rd in Parsons Green.  It’s only been open for about 3 months but already it has had some fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor.  Chef Stefano is in the process of redesigning the dinner menu for Spring, which we would get…

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it!  To some people it’s the chance to show that special person in your life how much they mean to you.  To others it’s an overly sentimental day designed by Greetings Card Companies to make some money.  I’m definitely in the first camp.  While I believe…

Paleo Lasagne

So I bet you could see this coming a mile off…this week I’ve made bolognese sauce and béchamel sauce…which obviously come together best in a lasagne!  It’s one of those foods that I miss, and to be honest I’ve never cooked before, mainly because I thought it was too time consuming.  Well the answer to…

Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy

To read more about my Italy Trip see blog posts A Day in Talamone, A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend In Siena, Brunello Wine Tasting in Montalcino Our final stop on our tour of Tuscany was the beachside town of Viareggio, just outside of Pisa. We chose Viareggio as we had a ridiculously early flight…

A weekend in Siena, Tuscany, Italy

To read more about this trip visit my posts on Talamone, Viareggio, Montalcino and a Wedding in Siena! After a day in Talamone we headed to Siena, which was to be our base for the next few days – as it was the venue for Mylene & Tommaso’s wedding. We drove the hour and a half to get there and…

Brunello Tasting in Montalcino, Tuscany

To read more see A Day in Talamone, A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend in Siena  Well, we couldn’t very well go to Tuscany and not go on a wine tasting day could we?  Dan and I have a special love for Brunello (it’s the earthy, leathery flavours that I love so much) so we decided to…

A Wedding in Siena

So the real reason that we had come to Siena for the weekend was for the wedding of a friend of mine, Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso (he’s from Siena).  Mylene and I have known each other for 10 years since we lived in Paris together and it was a real privilege to be invited…

Talamone, Tuscany, Italy

To read more see A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend in Siena, Bunello Tasting in Montalcino and A Trip to Viareggio A weekend in Siena in Italy was on the cards for Dan and I, as we’d been invited to the wedding of my friend Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso.  Deciding to extend the trip for…