Back from Japan!

I am back beautiful people!

Landed yesterday evening in London after 2 amazing weeks in the land of the Rising Sun.

Japan was beautiful! I loved every minute of it and I am having a serious case of holiday blues as I type this post at 5 am (jet lag!) on this rainy morning day in London.

I will share all my addresses and recommendations on the blog, and maybe a video or two! I have so much content though, it may take me a little while to go through it all, so in the meantime here are some Japan highlights taken on my good old iPhone 6s.

Glad to be back and see you very soon for more!

Shinjuku Tokyo Japan
Tokyo – Shinjuku
Tokyo shrine
Tokyo – shrine
Tokyo tea house
Tokyo – tea house
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Tokyo – Park Hyatt view
Wagyu beef Tokyo
Tokyo – Wagyu beef
Bento box
Tokyo – bento box
Kimono Nara
Nara – kimonos
Fushimi Kyoto
Kyoto – Fushimi
Bamboo forest Tokyo
Kyoto – bamboo forest
Osaka by night
Osaka – by night
Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Hakone Mount Fuji
Hakone – Mount Fuji

 

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Gelato

Italians don’t do ice cream vans, they do gelato vespas.

Ravello – 2013

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Cul de Sac – Rome, Italy

Looking for a nice little spot for a refreshing glass of wine in Rome, away from the touristy crowd? Follow me!

Rome street

There is that little spot I know, right off Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona Rome

Head south of the Piazza. Walk past the touristy restaurants and head to the tiny Piazza di Pasquino. This is where you will find Cul de Sac (‘dead-end’ in French). The name may be French but the products are very Italian!

Piazza Navona terraces Rome

The wine bar is not huge but it has a lovely terrace. We decided to grab a bite inside as it was pretty hot on that day and we could do with an hour in the shade.

Grab a sit a choose from the thousands of bottles of wine surrounding you! We went for rose (of course!).

Cul de Sac restaurant Rome

Once the beverage of your choice on the table, order as many sharing platters as your belly can handle! Everything is delicious!

Cul de Sac restaurant Rome

Nothing fancy there, just very high quality products.

Where to eat in Puglia?

Food is delicious everywhere in Italy! In Puglia you have the added bonus of the extremely good value for money, hello 2.5 euro prosecco glass!

If you are planning to spend a little bit of time there this summer and are looking for tasty seafood and filling lunches, look no further and keep reading.

In Gallipoli, I highly recommend Al De Pace, their speciality is seafood. You enter the place and the theme is set with a very simple interior decor yet very sophisticated.

Al De Pace restaurant GallipoliAl De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

The dishes reflect the overall atmosphere, simple plates and sophisticated flavours. Everything was delicious.

We started with le fave, le cicorie, la aliciAl De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

My favourite, favourite, FAVOURITE dish was the il polpo, la sua acqua, il limone… It was to die for! Some sort of octopus version of spaghetti carbonara, as delicious and as comforting. I am still drooling looking at the picture.Al De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

It was difficult to top the pasta dish but the ‘secondi’ dishes didn’t disappointed and we ended with a safe Tiramisu.Al De Pace restaurant Gallipoli

Another great place for delicious Puglia food and completely off the beaten track is Sciamu Moi. The place was empty when we arrived but Italians eat late and we were off-season so don’t be deceived by the empty dinning room.Sciamu Moi restaurant

They use only local ingredients and everything was a discovery! Pick the thing you are the least familiar with on the menu and enjoy!Sciamu Moi restaurant

Pugliese food involves a lot of seafood, with the Mediterranean sea a couple of kilometres away, it will never disappoint.
Sciamu Moi restaurant

We were less adventurous with desserts and pick some classics, yet the presentation surprised us in all the right ways!
Sciamu Moi restaurantSciamu Moi restaurant

Finally if this is a lunch spot you are looking for? And if you happen to be in Lecce, I just know the place!

L’Angolino di Via Matteotti serves one of the best puccia in the whole of Lecce, and probably in the whole of Puglia.

L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

Pick your toppings and take a sit on the comfy terrace. L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

Bite into the most delicious ‘sandwich’ ever!L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

The Mr went for the meat version with meatballs, I went for the vegetarian one. Both excellent.L'Angolino di Via Matteotti Lecce

I hope I gave you enough reasons to go to Puglia! Now book that flight, you know you want to!

Buon appetito!

Corner shop

A tidy little grocery shop in the middle of Jordan. Got to love some of the old school cans.

Jordan – 2012

jordan-shop

Baklava

No more delicious sight than this! (Ermm I am talking about the baklava of course)

Istanbul – 2015

istanbul-patisserie-baklava

6 things to eat and drink in Istanbul

Here is a little compilation of my favourite things to have when in Istanbul. Of course there are so many other things to try so be curious and enjoy!

  • Tea

So tea in England is a pretty big deal, but in Turkey it is to another level! It is their tap water almost. And in the risk of being controversial (my English friends may kill me for this) I actually prefer Turkish tea! No need for milk but add a little bit of sugar.

Istanbul Turkish teaIstanbul Turkish teaIstanbul Turkish tea

  • Coffee

The strongest coffee you will ever have. It does the job on a morning when you need a kick. Just so you are aware though, the coffee grains are in the cup so do not drink it too fast otherwise you will have a rather unpleasant and grainy surprise.

Istanbul Turkish coffee

  • Simit

Sold in the street. Head to one of the cute little vintage carts you will find across the town and buy one of these ring-shaped bread for a breakfast on the go or a mid-afternoon snack!

Istanbul simitIstanbul simit

  • Turkish delights

Well obviously! I don’t have much more to say apart from the fact that they are delicious and the flavors you will find in Istanbul’s bazaars are endless!

Istanbul Turkish delights

  • Baklava

See my comment above 🙂

Istanbul baklava

  • Menemen

The traditional Turkish breakfast made of scrambled eggs, vegetables and spices. It is served boiling hot with bread to dip in. If you want to have a delicious one, make sure you go there!

Istanbul menemen

Little pieces of goodness

Planning a trip to NYC soon? Make sure to swing by Eileen’s Special Cheesecake for a taste of one of the best cheesecakes in town. I am one of those weird people who don’t really like cheesecake (I know… I know…) but I loved the blueberry one!

New York City – 2012

Eileen's Special Cheesecake New York