Tag: local

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

The Panettone Masters “I Maestri del Panettone” …

Even when I lived in England, it was never Christmas until I’d watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” and opened my first panettone of the season. Imagine my excitement when I found out there was a panettone festival just up the road in Milan! Naturally I […]

Our First Year In Italy…

Our First Year In Italy…

So, we have now been in Italy for just over a year. I thought now was a good time to share the good and bad things that we have experienced during the last year.

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

Cioccolandia 2017 A Festival Of Chocolate …

It’s now November, and the summer festival season in Italy is coming to a close. However, as always, it goes out with a bang – Cioccolandia, a day long festival of fabulous chocolate!

Willy Wonka could learn a lot from this festival! Every year the town of Castel San Giovanni turns into a chocolate lover’s delight. There’s stall upon stall and street upon street of anything and everything that you could ever want made of chocolate.

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Nose To Tail And Food For Soul …

Nose To Tail And Food For Soul …

I am a fan of “nose to tail” eating, which means that you use as much of an animal as possible, so that nothing goes to waste. The amount of food that is wasted in restaurants and homes around the world is estimated at a […]

Local food for local people ….

Local food for local people ….

I live in a beautiful town called Piacenza. It is often overlooked by people visiting the Emilia Romagna region because either they think that were in Lombardia (we’re right on the border), or they bypass us for the more famous tourist places like Bologna, Parma, […]

Wine to the left of me, wine to the right ….

Wine to the left of me, wine to the right ….

It’s that time of the year in Italy when they seem to have a festival for everything. However, this is a very good thing in my book.

Last week myself, my wife and a work colleague visited the food and wine festival in Fiorenzuola, which is a village about 15 minutes by train from where I live in Piacenza.

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Eataly – A Cathedral Of Food! …

Eataly – A Cathedral Of Food! …

Everyone who knows me is aware of my hatred and loathing of supermarkets, and their row upon row of perfectly packaged meat and vegetables. However, if every one was like Eataly, then I would change my views in an instant!