All posts tagged: Comer

Sydney: where to find some really good fish? // Dove mangiare dell’ottimo pesce a Sydney?

Every now and then I have the chance to go to Sydney and I feel so lucky as it is one city I have been in love with for 11 years or so. It was the chance to experience an amazingly warm city, 23C, like a hot spring, and sunbathe while having tapas in the CBD at Barrafina (try the lighlty floured calamari and the avocado salad, delicious! Feaured on Broadsheet), which I recommend, or while walking around Manly, because that’s what I did on my 2nd day. I also visited the World Press Photo exhibition at the National Library of NSW, quite impressive, and tried a couple of restaurants which I really reccommend: The Spice Temple in the CBD and Toko, a Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills. At the Spice Temple you can have amazing chinese food, very, very spicy! My eyes were watery, but it was all worthy! At the Koko is a glamourous spot, but that also delivers on its promise: delicious food! As I said, Sydney is always beautiful, glamourous, enchanting …

Fancy an arty, cozy, social responsible Cafè offering Natural Food in Melbourne CBD? / Mix di design, atmosfera vibrante, buon cibo e ‘sociale’ in un piccolo caffè di Melbourne

Wow! Yes, that’s the feeling I had entering the Kinkfolk Cafe’. As soon as I walked in, I’ve been positively overwhelmed by the vibrant atmosphere and the bohemian mix of design. At first, it seems there’s a bit of mess because af all the things hanging on the wall, the different design patterns, but actually it all makes sense here and you breathe and feel positive vibrations! It puts you right away in a creative state of mind, of discovery, of wanting more and because of that it’s really hard for me to keep up with my thoughts right now. I just would like a mind reader that could instantly transfer my ideas on paper, or better, electronic paper. And my cauliflower soup just arrived, so that I can warm myself up in such a windy and a bit chilly day. Also I’m sharing the table with so many other people, something helps you to get warm on multiple levels. You feel welcome, you feel alive! There’s an interesting choice on the menu on the …

Wine & The City

After a few days of absence from the internet, I’m now sitting in a wine bar ready to enjoy a well deserved meal. Well deserved after fasting at breakfast after a test. My choice is a ‘Savoury Tart’, or quiche, with some salad and balsamic vinegar. Very good indeed! All accompanied by a very good glass of Red wine from Tasmania. I’m feeling like something light since it is warm and Pinot Noir it is: Glaetzer Dixon Avance Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Excellent! It’s sunny, the air is clear, and I’m feeling so relaxed! the lunch at the ‘Wine Shop’ is really delicious, but a coffee and some ‘biscotti’ make the perfect ending to a good meal. the desserts are really inviting, but too sumptuous in such a weather. I even pronounce this Italian word with an English accent, so to make myself understood.  ; ) The ‘biscotti’ are in reality what in Italy we call ‘ Cantuccini’, although here a slimmer version, but not bad. There’s no Vin Santo, or actually I didn’t ask …

Wandering around Melbourne CDB – where to loose yourself: lanes, cafès, …

Wandering around some of the lanes of Melbourne CBD is just a way of positively loose and recharge yourself. It’s an inspiring place! You suddenly think you are not in Melbourne, but in some busy little Asian lane or a Georgian/ Victorian elegant Arcade or a busy street full of cafes somewhere in Europe, with one of the greatest choice you could have. From Italian Style cafes to Sushi bars, Asian places, Fusion or International Flavour spots. Some are just beautiful to look at, some have a more ‘worn-out’ look, and you think that maybe a lot people have stopped by, a container for lots of stories. I don’t know whether this ‘stream of consciousness’ is actually the result of a meditation class I just tried out for the first time. If it is the enormous amount of oxygen that pervades my body, in a state of enhanced alert or what. But do check out these streets: – Hosier Lane, where you’ll find  great murales to look at and also 2 of the Movida restaurant. …

What is a ‘Friand’? It is delicious! / Cos’è un ‘friand’? E’ delizioso!

Today I learnt a new word. That’s the advantage of going outside and not sit at home,  you always learn something new! The word is friand, probably a French pastry or the Australian nane for a French pastry or some French name for an Australian pastry just to make it more appealing! 😉 this stimulated my curiosity, also because it is strange to learn about French pastry in Australia, bit in fact, as ‘Wikipedia Docet’ (= Wikipedia teaches), it is well spread in Australia and New Zealand. Here is what ‘Wikipedia’ says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friand The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. It is popular in Australia and New Zealand.[1] It is usually made with almond flour and egg whites. It typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small molds, typically oval or barquette in shape. It appears to be related to the financier, though it differs in being larger and not using brown butter.[2][3] The French word friand, which means dainty or a …

TasMANIAC – Chapter 2

It’s the 31st of January, 1 month in the new year and that’s when I usually, but probably most of the people are, start missing holidays, being somewhere else than your home and the ‘no worries’ mindset. So that is why I’ll go on with the 2nd chapter of TasMANIAC! I don’t remember if I already told you that we got our rental car canceled, so we quickly had to re-plan our trip and since we had 4 full days, we decided to take it slowly. We spent 1 ½ day in Hobart, starting from our Xmas evening, where we were wandering around the city craving for something to eat. Everything was closed, it was windy and probably we were not that well equipped. we knew ‘Tassie’ was a bit colder, but we were still in the summer months, but the wind is always the guilty one. Anyway, finally at the seaport, we see some people and some lights, a Fish & Chips: Fishy Business. It’s just in front of Mures, which is supposed to …

TasMANIAC! – Capitolo 1 / Chapter 1

La Tasmania per me era uno dei questi posti ‘mitici’, quasi mitologici, lontanissimi, dove chissà se ci sarei mai andata e per questo ha sempre avuto un forte attrattivo. Quasi un’allure misteriosa. E poi, una domanda che non si vuole pronunciare ad alta voce: “Ma esiste veramente Taz, il diavoletto della Tasmania? Sai l’ho visto nei cartoni animati della WB…” Una di quelle domande che ci si vergogna un po’ fare e ci si chiede mentalmente perché non ho fatto un po’ di ricerca preventiva su internet? Internet, che invenzione fantastica! Ti permette di stare in contatto con le persone a migliaia di Km e, per esempio, di evitare figuracce! Chiaramente insieme a milioni di altre cose. Comunque torniamo alla Tasmania. Beh, vivendo a Melbourne risulta che la Tasmania è a un tiro di schioppo. Praticamente come andare in Sardegna da Genova, circa 8-9h di nave e ci sei, nel caso si volesse fare la traversata via mare sulla Spirit of Tasmania, per esempio, per portarsi dietro la propria macchina, e non sarebbe neanche una …

Buon anno! / Feliz año Nuevo/ Happy New Year

Quest’anno avendo passato il capodanno in Australia ho guardato alle celebrazioni di capodanno in giro per il mondo con più interesse, soprattutto quelle avvenute in Europa. E pensare che l’anno scorso ero a Madonna di Campiglio, in un rifugio, il ‘Montagnoli’, con amici per un classico capodanno sulla neve. E con un’inaspettata mossa alla 007 per poterci bere lo spumante, abilmente nascosto nella neve dai nostri amici per stare in fresco. Divertente! Ma chi l’avrebbe mai detto che 9 mesi dopo ci sarebbe stato questo drastico cambio e sarei finita nuovamente ‘Downunder’, in Australia, e precisamente a Melbourne?! Sinceramente non mi è neanche passato per l’anticamera del cervello (espressione spesso usata da mia mamma)! Comunque buon anno a tutti! Quest’anno niente tradizione de ‘las doce uvas’ come in Spagna, che mangiano 12 chicchi d’uva, uno ogni rintocco fino alla mezzanotte. Quest’anno capodanno completamente opposto e cioè in spiaggia, con il caldo, l’umidità e le palme.  Non c’è proprio da annoiarsi. Godetevi le foto e che il 2013 sia un anno fantastico per tutti!!! ———- // …