I am from Sicily

 

Catania Pescheria

Last April, on a tour to discover Mantua, I met the young but already talented Hal Davis and he noticed I’m so proud of my birthplace I keep saying “I am from Sicily”.

Finally, few weeks ago, after 6 months, I came back to Catania for a week of food, volcanic ash, friends, sea breeze, family and wine.

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Thanks to Il Picciolo Etna Golf for the hospitality.
Images shot with Sony A7R

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Helsinki Secret

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Helsinki, what’s your secret?

To be honest, I always dreamt about travelling to Finland.

Last October I posted on Facebook something like “I’d like to go to Lapland and visit Santa Claus”. Georgette sent me this direct message “I thought you might like to apply for this… Helsinki Secret Residence“. I did – because she was totally right! – and few weeks later Elisabeth from Visit Helsinki wrote me back to give me the great news.

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Last March, I spent 10 days in Helsinki to experience the city, the local lifestyle and to discover some of the best secrets in town together with my friend and colleague Lance.

The first secret is her, Elisabeth. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met.
Well, all the Finnish people we met are really nice and friendly – as you probably would not expect from Nordic people, but they are great!
I was there the week of my birthday. Elisabeth hosted a private dinner with Chef Joona Lehto and Markus Veikkolainen from HelEats and I’m glad Jerry, Kea and Kathrin joined us!

The second secret is the residence itself, Aallonkoti. The apartment was cozy and with everything we need for living and enjoying the city like locals do, sauna included!

The third secret is the food scene, but I’m not sure I already want to share everything about that :-)

The best way to discover the Finnish food culture is to grab a ticket to Helsinki and explore the city on your own. We had the pleasure to travel with Finnair –  and drink coffee in my favorite Marimekko cups.
The last not-so-secret news is that they have €uro and also for this reason, compared to the other Scandinavian capitals, travelling to Finland is not so expensive.

Looking forward to come back soon, Finland. I still have a date with Santa!
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A last minute trip to Paris

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I first met Valentina in Venice last July. We were invited by The Gritti Palace for the opening of the Terrace designed by Riva.
I was running late and I caught the train few seconds before departure. Since then we met a couple of times before she called me, at the end of October, to ask me if I want to join her on an upcoming trip to Paris. And by upcoming I mean the week after that call!
Of course I said YES! You can find a reportage of what we did/ate/drank on her beautiful curated blog Tintacorda and on my instagram.

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Thanks to Hotel Paradis for hosting us during our stay.

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48 hours in London

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I love London and I was so lucky to get there at least once a year since 2007.
The first time I took a plane to get there was for my first London Book Fair, and I almost missed that flight because… well, I forgot my ID at home. :-/
Then my photography courses at Central Saint Martins and the Food Blogger Connect. Now, any excuse is good to go back every time I can.
Last week I was there for 48 hours. Just enough time to meet my friend Nina and have a cup of tea with Jo – she claims she is just a writer but give a look at her instagram feed to contradict her! – a walk in Shoredicth and a goodbye to the Tower Bridge kissed by the sun.

Till next time, my beloved London.

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