When the gaudy commercialism that heralds the Christmas season starts hitting the stores, Iโ€™m usually immune. The plastic pines, giant baubles, and boutique balustrades frothing with tinsel do nothing to spark a warm and festive feeling in my heart and, disappointingly, itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve experienced that childlike excitementย at the sight of rows of โ€˜gift ideasโ€™ lining shop shelves and windows. There is, however, one thing that seems toย be igniting a little thrill this silly season – and… Read more »

  If this amazing lady was ever told not to play with her food, Iโ€™m so glad she didnโ€™t listen.ย I first stumbled across Julie Lee of Julieโ€™s Kitchen on Instagram (@julieskitchen), Then fell in love with her blog.ย Her beautiful and creative approach to food photography caught my eye immediately. Iโ€™m one of those people who can browse through a farmerโ€™s market for hours, drinking in the sight of all that fresh produce. Iโ€™ve been known to buy a basketful of… Read more »

Amazing peaches. As big as your head. The colour of sunset. I couldnโ€™t resist the fuzzy globes and bought two for lunch from the store. I was in Siena and had just finished exploring the great striped confection that is the Duomo. Choosing at random a street to peruse I saw the grocer on a corner. This is one of my favourite things about Italy (Tuscany in particular) – the fresh produce spilling out of the tiny shop fronts. Crates… Read more »


There is no shortage of good gelati in Italy. My love affair with the delectable dessert began on my first trip to the country as part of a school excursion, and my beloved Italian teacher announced that the strictest rule to which we must all adhere would be to try a different gelato flavour every day for the duration of the trip. For me, this sparked a personal endeavor, which has endured, to find the best gelato in each Italian… Read more »