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Puglia – 2016

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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!

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

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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!

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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!).

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

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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.

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

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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.SONY DSC

It was difficult to top the pasta dish but the ‘secondi’ dishes didn’t disappointed and we ended with a safe Tiramisu.SONY DSC

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.SONY DSC

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

Pugliese food involves a lot of seafood, with the Mediterranean sea a couple of kilometres away, it will never disappoint.
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We were less adventurous with desserts and pick some classics, yet the presentation surprised us in all the right ways!
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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.

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Pick your toppings and take a sit on the comfy terrace. SONY DSC

Bite into the most delicious ‘sandwich’ ever!SONY DSC

The Mr went for the meat version with meatballs, I went for the vegetarian one. Both excellent.SONY DSC

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

Buon appetito!

Agriturismo Tenuta Yala – Italy, Puglia

I have been going to Italy for years, and every time I go, I make sure to stay in an Agriturismo.

Agriturismos are family owned farms transformed into B&Bs and they really never disappoint! It is usually great value for money, you have the opportunity to try local cuisine and spend time with the family who will give you all the area insider tips! It is like stepping into a movie.

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When we planned our trip to Puglia, I immediately went on the Agriturismo website and it didn’t take me long to find this gem.

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Tenuta Yala is lost in the middle of the vineyards and only a 15 minutes drive into Gallipoli which offers plenty of entertainment and restaurants.

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The place is just dreamy…

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It is good to note that the family doesn’t really speak English or French, so a lot of comical miming was necessary at times. But you will still make friends!

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The rooms are big and beautifully decorated.

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The swimming pool is the perfect place to make the most of the sun.

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And the flat roofs of the farm are the perfect spot to enjoy the sunsets!

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They also have a restaurant which offers simple but delicious local cuisine. Unfortunately I didn’t take any picture as I was too busy stuffing my face with pasta.

Tea time

Turkish tea is so good and super efficient! Your new breakfast best friend!

Istanbul – 2015

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The best breakfast in Istanbul

I know this is a strong statement, but the breakfast was delicious, the service was impeccable and everything was very affordable!

To find that little gem, head to Ortakoy neighbourhood. Admire one of the most beautiful view in Istanbul on the main square and wander in the little streets.

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This where we found Ortaköy Cafe Kahvalti. If you decide to go there after reading this blog, make sure to go with a very empty stomach.

Once settled on the nice street terrace with little blankets to keep us warm (we were there in March) we ordered what seemed to be their speciality (our Turkish is non-existent so we asked the waitress and with a mixture of English and pointing at the menu we figured out what the speciality was).

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We went for the ‘Serpme Kahvalti’ which is their breakfast for two. As part of it we had the choice between omelet and menemen. We of course went for the local option, menemen, a traditional Turkish dish made of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and a few more toppings.

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Everything was excellent and between the menemen, the cheese, bread, olives, etc. We were full for the day!

I also mentioned above that the service was really good. A good example is when the waitress overheard me saying that I never had Turkish coffee – two minutes later a Turkish coffee was served without me asking for anything and at no extra cost!11063426_10153226702020090_2597603974493083171_o.jpg

With very full stomach, we headed back toward the Bosporus for a digestive cruise.

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Man best friend

This little fella kept us company during a delicious meal we had at Lua e Mar on Ihla Grande. It’s all about the shrimp bobó there! Seafood with a side of plantains, doesn’t get much better than that! Also portions are huge so make sure you order accordingly.

Ihla Grande – 2013

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People watching

When in New York go for brunch at The Spotted Pig. The restaurant is old school and cosy. The burgers are to die for, and I am obsessed with their shoestring fries and everything else on the menu!

NYC – 2012

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