April 2016 – Florence & Bologna, Italy

I’ve always felt a certain affinity to Italy. I’m not sure why or how this connection started, we never travelled there on holidays or have any Italian blood in the family. Despite this, I switched my football allegiance from Man Utd to Juventus before my 10th birthday and never looked back. As a child I loved watching Italian football on Channel 4 every Sunday morning … Continue reading April 2016 – Florence & Bologna, Italy

Fish Stew all Porta Palazzo

Fish Stew alla Porta Palazzo The Porta Palazzo Market is a vibrant, loud almost scary place. Located in the centre of the northern Italian city of Turin there is an heir of madness about it. Even in August, when most city dwellers take to the coast, the market still thrives six mornings a week, with a massive clean up operation taking place every afternoon. I … Continue reading Fish Stew all Porta Palazzo

Galway August 2015

Galway August 2015 I’m a little behind on my blogging at the minute and now, as I sit in Marco’s apartment in Turin, I’m reminded of our trip to Galway a couple of weeks ago. Why does an industrial city in northern Italy remind me of Galway? It’s simple really, the weather is bloody awful! Anyway, enough about Torino (more of which in another post) and more of … Continue reading Galway August 2015

Langoustine with Jamon Iberico, Garlic and Tomato

Last week I joined my brother, father and mother for our annual city break. After a great trip to beautiful Rome last year we decided to give the Catalan capital a try this time. Barcelona was stunning; the weather was great, the location was wonderful and most importantly the food and wine were fantastic! Instead of staying in a hotel we stayed in a two … Continue reading Langoustine with Jamon Iberico, Garlic and Tomato

The Italian Job Pt.1, Bologna

The Italian Job – Bologna In August of this year, 2013, Ali and myself dropped our two cats off at the cattery and hopped on a plane to the beautiful Italian City of Bologna for our ten day holiday also taking in Florence and Pisa. The first thing that strikes you about this City are the outstanding Porticos that line almost every street and act … Continue reading The Italian Job Pt.1, Bologna