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Food and Wine: Seasonal tastes

As months go by, our tastebuds appear to know what they want.  Doesn’t it seem more appropriate to enjoy a powerful Red, gorged with the sun of more Southern countries, when it is utterly cold out? On the other hand, a  lighter range seems much more enjoyable when it is excruciatingly hot outside. Hence us reaching out for Rosé and White wine. While season’s change, one’s wine drinking seem to be influenced by the weather.

Food and drinks are usually chosen in accordance to one another:

During the cold days of the year, we prefer richer and warming tastes. Hence our choice of  in-house casseroles, stews and roasts during the winter, accompanied by a strong red.

In the summer, I believe we mostly are looking for something refreshing, aren’t we not? Consequently, I would be more entitled to be on the lookout for fish, seafood and salads, a glass of white wine on the side.

It is amazing how our body and our mind invite us almost instinctively to a certain “art de vivre” (as say the French)!

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A day in Rome

People say that no other city can compare to Rome’s legacy. It may no longer be referred to as the caput mundi (capital of the world), but it is an extraordinary visual testimony of the long gone Roman Empire.

During my stay, I was constantly looking out for the remains of the antique era. I was never disappointed, they are everywhere and mostly integrated to the contemporary architecture. In 5 days, I was hooked.

Rome has an impressive range of beautiful monuments such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Forum, the Farnese Palace, St Peter (although technically part of the Vatican). I could go on and on, but it is true Rome is not only about sightseeing. To make the most of one’s trip, enjoying the different aspects of the city is a must, Gastronomy clearly being a huge part.

Running around the streets of Rome, you may don’t know where to go in between your visits to rest and indulge yourself.

Here are a few suggestions for a day out:

Lunch – Pizza Forum, 34 Via S. Giovanni in Laterano.

Although the place’s design is not its best advocate, the food is really good and price-friendly. Perfect for a little lunch after visiting the Forum, Colloseum and Constantin’s arch (which are basically located right off the restaurant’s street.) This is where I tasted amazing Gnocchi al pomodoro.

Coffee and shopping – Fleur, 46 Via Bocca di Leone.

This little cafe boutique is located just 2 minutes from the magnificent Piazza di Spagna. It is definitely worth sitting down and have a delightful Italian coffee. They come with local treats and the place looks gorgeous!

Dinner – Blanco, 21 Via della Croce.

The very trendy and all white bar/restaurant is excellent, and serves amazing cocktails. This is where I tasted the gnochetti with Gorgonzola and asparagus. Its location is very convenient, since it is minutes away from the beautiful piazza del Popolo, and the  nice places to go out.

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International Food & Drink Exhibition 2011 Highlights

Earlier this month we were one of the thousands visiting the International Food and Drink Exhibition at Excel. We were there to support our client, fine quality food importer and agent, Donatantonio and scope out upcoming food trends.

A steady stream came to sample some of Donatantonio’s delights including Parmigiano Reggiano shavings and the selection of delicious tapenades and sauces that work wonders with gnocchi! All in all it was a great event and we look forward to the next one coming round in 2013.

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