Category Archives: Favorite Eateries

Pecorino Cheese: what is it anyway? And a local Lazio cheesemaker

Pecorino cheese producer in the Cesanese wine producing area near Anagni

On a recent visit to the Cesanese del Piglio wine producing area near Anagni in the Frosinone province southeast of Rome we happened upon a small, delightful pecorino cheese producer. This producer’s cheese was offered as part of a wine tasting and I asked the winemaker if it would be possible to purchase some of…

Cipriani Biscottificio

Cipriani Biscottificio: a century old cookie and cake bakery in Rome, tucked away on a side street in the Colle Oppio area

If you’re looking for a great bakery in Rome with wonderful cookies, crostate and cakes made with all natural ingredients then you have to stop by the Cipriani Bicottificio. The Piazza Vittorio area is a haven in Rome for all things culinary. It has one of the city’s best markets, full of local and international…

Christmas in Rome

The holiday season in Rome is filled with delicious things to eat, festive decorations and a host of unique presepe (nativity scenes) to admire

Christmas in Rome The most talked about Christmas tree in Rome is without a doubt the tree in Piazza Venezia, in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Traditionally the tree in Piazza Venezia is the symbol of the beauty and magic of a Roman Christmas but this year the tree is none other than a…

Capri…again.

I can’t help it; I’m back in Capri…again. Just for a day and a night to get my fix of Caprese flavors and another rollercoaster of jaw dropping views. Take a look and you’ll see why I keep coming back. Constantly. A gate with a view, Via Tragara, Capri… Insalata di seppia tiepida al limone…

Eating in Palma de Mallorca

Pa amb oli, rustic rye bread with olive oil and tomato, Mallorca

If you’re eating in Palma de Mallorca…the choices abound. You’ll find local Mallorcan and Spanish cuisine and just about every other choice of cuisine you can imagine. Sobrassada is a fundamental element of tapas served everywhere in Palma! My favorite foodie area is Santa Catalina, and in particular Carrer de Fabrica (Fabrica Street). This year…

The top ten things to do in Palma, Mallorca

Historic center Palma Mallorca

Mallorca is a great vacation spot that offers the best of Spanish life and culture, along with the unique flavor of the island. It’s well worth it to explore as much of the island as possible, but don’t miss out on Mallorca’s capital city, Palma. Here are the top ten things to do in Palma,…

Santa Cecilia Basilica in Trastevere

Exquisite crypt area within the Basilica Santa Cecilia Trastevere

Visitors to Trastevere usually approach the neighborhood from the Ponte Sisto footbridge. It’s a natural thing to do after a walk through Rome’s centro storico. The area is full of people and bustling with life within its many shops, bars and restaurants. And yet if you head just a bit further along the lungotevere to the Tiber Island you’ll reach a…

New Year’s lunch at Garibaldi Restaurant

Garibaldi is my favorite restaurant in Rome and for a whole host of reasons. It’s close by and I can’t deny that adds a lot to its appeal. But that’s just the whipped cream on top of the icing already on top of the cake. I like a restaurant that makes you happy just by being there:…

The Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station

Mercato Centrale vendor, Termini station, Rome

The new Mercato Centrale in Rome’s Termini train station isn’t a mercato in the traditional Italian sense. It’s a great addition to the station, but reminds me more of something like a scaled-down, smaller version of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, or an Eataly. It has sixteen eateries and places to buy pizza a taglio, cheeses, great bruschetta…

Positano

Hand-painted Vietri ceramic flower vases

I’ve been in love with this gorgeous Amalfi coast hill town that spills down to the sea with a blast of Mediterranean colors for decades. It’s all about the winding narrow streets and steps so full of charm, the amazing views that change with every step you take, the outstanding seafood, ceramics and quaint shops. Enjoy…