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Il dolce far niente

Is there anything better than sitting at a cafe’, sipping cappuccino, nibbling on an apricot jam croissant, watching people chatting outside the Basilica, tourists resting on the steps of the S. Maria in Trastevere fountain, teenagers taking photos with their iPhones, children playing in the piazza, Romans leaving the Basilica…

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A taste of Peru in London

After the opening of a couple of Peruvian restaurants in London this year, Lima and Ceviche, it’s quite clear that Peruvian food is becoming a trend that is here to stay. Tierra Peru opened in Islington last November, and it has been on my list for a while. We visited…

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Lebanese food cravings?

A few weeks back, my best friend was in town with her boyfriend and we decided to go out on a foodie mission, searching for the best Lebanese restaurant in London. She is a real sucker for Lebanese food; I used to think it’s OK, but never really fell in…

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Comics and Coffee

This morning on my way back from the car park, where I leave my Mini when I work from home, I stopped to check out a new cafe’, recently open at the border between Islington and Hackney, on Southgate road. It’s EMB, which stands for Eggs Milk Butter, a comic…

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Postcard from Manhattan

There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open? (Woody Allen)

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Dining with a view at OXO Tower

When Mum was over a few weeks ago, I made a last minute reservation for the OXO Brasserie via their online booking system. I had been to this Harvey Nichols owned restaurant a few years back, and loved the impressive view over the river Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. So,…

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Postcards from Venice? ;)

In Venice, Tass’s echoes are no more, And silent rows the songless gondolier; Her palaces are crumbling to the shore, And music meets not always now the ear. (Lord Byron) The Venetian Hotel and Casino Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Macao SAR, P.R. China http://www.venetianmacao.com/ Little…

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No frills dining in Trastevere

If you have been following my blog, you probably already know that I spent the last weekend in Rome for a friend’s wedding. I took Friday off work, just to be able, for once, not to storm out of the office and run to the airport. Instead, on Friday morning,…

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Damien Hirst inspired street vendor

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. (Zhuangzi) I found this street vendor selling butterflies in Trastevere, Rome. It reminded me of Hirst’s recent exhibition at the Tate Modern. If…

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Swedish tapas anyone?

A few weeks back I visited my best friend in Stockholm and posted about summer weekend hotspots in the Swedish capital. On my way back to London, because of bad weather in the UK and a security alert in Stockholm airport, my BA flight was delayed by a couple of…

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