Monthly Archives: June 2012

Markets in Madrid

I  discovered a reference to the San Miguel Market during a web crawl for food tours and cooking classes in Madrid. The first are few and far between, the second are ruinously expensive and will have to wait until I … Continue reading

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Tasteful Memories

Cultural understanding through taste is one of the best ways we can learn to understand each other ~ Allhoff & Monroe If you have ever wondered about the Filipinos and the origins of Filipino food, Memories of Philippine Kitchens is the … Continue reading

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To Taormina, with love…

Almoezia. A three star B&B on Sicily’s east coast. A broad sunny terrace flanked with colourful pots overlooks the coast from Siren’s Bay to Capo Sant’Alessio on one side, and the seemingly inaccessible mountain top town of Castel Mola on the … Continue reading

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Wannabe Italiani

Most people travel to Florence to experience the Renaissance art and architecture, which is undeniably superb. Guide books warn  about avoiding astronomically lengthy queues to the main tourist attractions by purchasing tickets in advance. We simply avoided the tourist attractions. … Continue reading

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Rome: a Brief Encounter

  I remember a mad dash around Rome in the mid 80s, on a bus tour that galloped through seventeen capital cities in as many days. Rome flashed by in a blurr of terribly kitsch accordion music, third rate hotels … Continue reading

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Aussie Pies at Legazpi

In Manila we quickly become familiar with myriad street stalls and market stalls selling cheap, popular, take-away snacks to passers-by. Those of real notoriety include grilled chicken intestines on a stick, known tastefully as IUDs; grilled chickens feet, nicknamed Nikes, … Continue reading

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