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19 August 2019

The Gourmet Kitchen of Chef's Corner in Riga, Latvia


It's not everyday that you find a hamburger that's as succulent and delectable as Chef's Corner does it and for sure it's not everyday as well that you get to be served a burger with a pair of black rubber gloves to eat it with. It's surprising at first but as you take your first bite in that juicy burger, you will be thankful that they thought of giving you a pair. Of course for the burger purists at heart, eat with your hands and enjoy each bite!

17 August 2019

Restaurant Cru at Tallinn: One of Estonia's Best Chefs Cooks


You can clearly note that you won't get hungry in Tallinn. This 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Site not only boasts of its fairy tale streetscapes but also the innumerable restaurants that have occupied most (if not all) of the ground floor of the colorful medieval houses in the old town. There, at Viru Street, one of Tallinn's busiest pedestrian streets, stands Restaurant Cru. With a little bit of maneuvering once inside its arched doorway and through their small courtyard, the restaurant opens up to an elegant restaurant divided into two dining halls.

15 August 2019

Art Priori in Tallinn, Estonia: A Silver Spoon Fine Dining Excellence


Art Priori is a restaurant where fine art and high cuisine share a space together. Opened in 2015 in one of the more quiet cobblestone roads of the old town of Tallinn, Art Priori is an imperative gastronomic (and artistic) stop for those who are looking for something that's out of the usual tourist route. It is decidedly one of Estonia's best restaurants as evidenced by its Best Fine Dining Award in the Silver Spoon, the highest attainable quality label the excellence of Estonian gastronomy and being in the White Guide, a very important authoritative guide of the restaurant culture in the Nordic countries. 

14 August 2019

Dining on the Top: Rome’s Rooftop Terraces


When summer lands in Rome, there are two directions where the gastronomic roads lead to. While most head to the direction of the nearby coasts, where the sea breezes undertake its rejuvenating role, another path heads upwards towards the rooftops. There might not be the caressing sea wind or the endless sea that gives a fantastic view, but there is the unparalleled picture perfect panorama of the Roman skyline filled with distinctive church domes, terracotta roofs, and ancient Roman monuments. Coupled with the exquisite Italian cuisine, and a sunset that gives that flaming orange tint in the sky and a cocktail in hand, Rome's rooftop terraces are the places to be right now when you are in the city. Here are some of rooftop terraces to visit for dining and for cocktails while watching the sun go down over the enchanting city of Rome. 

12 August 2019

The Flair: Rooftop Restaurant of Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol in Rome, Italy


Christened with a new name and a new identity, the rooftop restaurant of Hotel Sina Bernini Bristol in Rome sets sail under the command of its new executive chef, Alessandro Caputo just a few months ago. A young chef who grew up in Sicily, one of Italy's celebrated islands for its rich and strong Mediterranean gastronomy, Alessandro creates a kitchen with indications of Italian and European cuisines marked with French style and cooking techniques. He has a contemporary approach with well-defined flavors that distinctly identifies the ingredients. Techniques, rigid attention to the quality of of the raw materials and years of training is a perfect amalgamation in the evolution of his autographed kitchen.



Cocktails With a Roman View at The Court of Palazzo Manfredi


Located inside the 5-star luxury hotel Palazzo Manfredi, The Court, the newly-opened cocktail bar bestows a phenomenal view of Rome's iconic ancient Roman monument, the Colosseum. Atypical of the position of popular cocktail bar terraces in Rome, The Court is actually one floor down. From the hotel's main entrance, take one flight of stairs to go down and the courtyard opens to an awe-inspiring place. Flanked by two high walls with a 7-meter long travertine counter on one side and living room on the other side, The Court resembles an open air theater with a widescreen view in front - the majestic Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus, the ruins of the greatest gladiatorial school of ancient Rome.

09 August 2019

Jacopa Rooftop Terrace in Rome, Italy: The Carribean Terroir Daiquiri Night


On the first summer night of August with the perfect temperature and rhythm, the Carribean Terroir Daiquiri Night colored the rooftop terrace of Hotel San Francesco with different shades of daiquiris. Jacopa Cocktail Bar, located on the rooftop terrace of Hotel San Francesco in the Trastevere area, hosted the daiquiri night featuring three artisan rum producers expressing different terroirs and styles: Clarin, Hampden and Veritas.



08 August 2019

On the Table With Adelight, The Summer Plate of Adelaide of Hotel Vilòn


They refer to it as their summer princess, we cite it as one of the best gastronomic delights of summer. Gabriele Muro, Executive Chef of Adelaide Restaurant of Hotel Vilòn created his latest dish dedicated to this season. For the whole summer, he proposes a full healthy meal served in just one plate.

Called ADElight, the dish is composed of black venere rice bordered by thin slices of avocado then topped with various seafood and summer vegetables. 

03 August 2019

Breakfast at Grand Hotel Plaza in Rome, Italy


Stepping inside the magnificent centuries-old Grand Hotel Plaza gives its guests a dramatic welcome at its main hall, the Salone delle Feste with its richness of frescoes, velvet tapestries and immense crystal chandeliers. The majestic Art Nouveau details that greet the eyes is just the beginning of the Grand Hotel Plaza experience where the golden age era displaying its untouched prominence. This historical hotel in the heart of Rome has its unblemished antiquity to partake with its guests who are highly appreciative of arts, elegance, culture and gracious hospitality. 



01 August 2019

Genuinely Japanese at Junsei Restaurant Kaiten Sushi in Rome, Italy


Although Italian gastronomy dominates the restaurant scene in the Rome, a kaleidoscope of choices give broad possibilities on assorted cookeries. However, in a big city like Rome, there is only a sprinkling of good Japanese restaurants serving authentic cuisine. One option in the Testaccio area is Junsei Restaurant where the kaiten sushi (or rotation sushi) plays protagonist. It's a rotating conveyor belt that moves past the counter or nearby tables containing freshly-done small plates of sushi and the diners sitting nearby can freely pick out what kind of plate to take aside from the dishes that can be ordered from the menu.

Nebbiolo's Various Expressions in Piedmont, Italy


Referred to as the king of grapes in Piedmont and the variety that makes one of Italy's world-renowned wines, Nebbiolo is a true embodiment of elegance, power and ageability. Although there are several indigenous grape varieties present in this northwestern corner of Italy where 44,579 hectares of vineyards are being cultivated, Nebbiolo establishes its best definition in this land.

10 July 2019

Get Much More Than Gelato at Selina Ice Cream Company in Rome


At Selina Ice Cream Company, is not just about the traditional Roman gelato experience. Enter the world of irresistible creativity, pop and fun with sweet treats: cheesecakes, brownies, bubble waffles, cakes, ice cream cookies, ice cream bars, macarons, waffle pops, donuts, milkshakes and more, just like a classic American bakery. There are different shapes, colours and sizes to choose from where kids and adults can indulge on their sweet tooth. 



29 June 2019

Le Meridien Visconti Hotel in Rome Opens Roof 7 Terrace for Summer


26 June 2019, the rooftop terrace of Le Meridien Visconti Hotel officially opened its rooftop terrace, Roof 7 Terrace, bringing an effervescent cocktail night to its guests. The terrace was dressed in yellow in celebration of Au Soleil, the launching of the hotel's summer program of engaging events. Under the Sun it is for the party with the sunniest yellow motif in Rome. Scattered about were baskets of lemons, cocktail drinks like the Hugo Au Soleil drink made specially for this summer, hats, sunglasses, yellow-striped pillows, umbrellas and a bright yellow Vespa, recalling the unmistakable style of the beach clubs of the French Riviera in the 1960s.



28 June 2019

Aqualunae Bistrot: It All Started With the Fountain of Piazza dei Quiriti in Rome


Everything revolves around a fountain in Rome For Emanuele Paoloni, a young chef who lives in the capital's Prati district. The Fountain of Caryatids, built in 1928 by Attilo Serva, stands in the middle of Piazza dei Quiriti. It is here where Emanuele grew up as a boy, and met his wife Alessandra with the fountain as the backdrop to his personal and professional story. And it is also here where he decided to realize his other dream, the place where he opened his first restaurant. In homage to the magical moment when the moon touches the flowing water of the Fountain of Caryatids, he named it Aqualunae.

Off Club: Cosmopolitan Asian Gourmet and Cocktail Supper Club in Rome


Located at the edge of Rome, Off Club opens its doors at Casal Bertone to a spacious 400-square meter space spread out on three levels of full immersion of Asian gourmet and optimum cocktails. An eclectic atmosphere with a decisively contemporary  and minimalist line, the supper club was conceptualized by Matteo Di Persio and Francesco Curcio then realized by the renowned Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo.

26 June 2019

Osteria di Birra del Borgo on the Beach at La Scialuppa da Salvatore in Fregene


June 21st marked the first of a series of nights of Osteria di Birra del Borgo on the Beach at La Scialuppa da Salvatore Restaurant in Fregene. Starting at 18:30, aperitif is served at the kiosk fronting the water where blankets are spread out on the sand for a laid-back cocktail experience as the sun suffuses the sky and sea with orange tones. It's one of the best ways to savour summer!

25 June 2019

Torres Viña Esmeralda Summer Party at Madeiterraneo in Rome, Italy


24 June 2019, while the sun bathed the Roman sky with beautiful hues of orange, the Rooftop Terrace of Madeiterraneo Restaurant on the 7th floor of La Rinascente hosted a party tinged with green. Viña Esmeralda Summer Party, organized by Boldrini and Familia Torres presented Torres Viña Esmeralda Summer Edition 2014, an aromatic blend of Muscat of Alexandria and Gewurztraminer. It's a wine that the Torres Family created to celebrate the Mediterranean coasts with its fragrant fruity and floral aromas which embodies the magic of summers in the Spanish coasts. Along with the wine, Michelin-starred chef Riccardo Di Giacinto created some dishes that go well its floral and fruity flavors and delicate acidity. 

24 June 2019

Il Podere di Marfisa of Tuscia in 3 Angles: Wellness Hotel, Restaurant and Wine


You tend not to count the minutes when you travel in the countryside between Rome and Viterbo for two hours. Like in all parts of Italy, the panorama is pulchritudinous, especially when you pass by Lake Bolsena. Olive orchards, vineyards and in summer, fields of colorful wildflowers. It's an enthralling view that reaches its finest when you enter the gates of Il Podere di Marfisa.

Good Health and Wellbeing Counts at YogAyur Bistrot in Rome


YogAyur, a yoga center founded by yoga and meditation instructor Federico Insabato has enlarged its scope by offering a kitchen that fully completes its philosophy of harmonizing the body, mind and heart under one roof. The newly-opened YogAyur Bistrot proffers a distinctly healthy side of gastronomy offering a cuisine that specializes in vegetarian and variants of vegan and raw food philosophies. Behind the force is Catia Briganti, who takes with her an approach to natural and healthy cuisine.

15 June 2019

Rediscovering Authentic Roman Cuisine at Trattoria Verbano in Rome, Italy


Trattoria Verbano welcomes its patrons in the residential Trieste neighborhood in Rome with its convivial atmosphere reminiscent of old trattorias wedged into the modern bistrot style. The restaurant's layout is spread out on two small levels at the corner of Piazza Verbano and Via Topino with a kitchen visible to the diners on the ground floor. It has a youthful ambience created by its three young proprietors and their jovial staff. You wouldn't miss the authenticity of how a genuine Roman trattoria used to be that's reproposed in a modern route.

13 June 2019

Ciak Irpinia 2019: Why Irpinia is the Next Wine Region to Discover in Southern Italy


Geographically, Irpinia is largely mountainous, in the center of the Southern Apennine Mountains which runs from the Sella di Ariano to the springs of Sele River. It has a diffusion of verdant hilly areas and valleys with neatly combed vineyards and olive orchards alongside forests. The terrain is predominantly Karst, formed by the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone and dolomite. From the past, Irpinia has always played a significant role in the viticultural history of southern Italy, especially in the region of Campania where once, the Ferrovia del Vino (The Wine Train) was running through the route of Avellino to Rocchetta Sant'Antonio Railroad. At present, with the growing importance of the viticulture in Irpinia, this historical train wine route is once again functional to go through the Irpinian wine path again.

12 June 2019

Dimora Ulmo Ristorante in Matera: Cuisine and Art in a Paleolithic Setting


In the labyrinth of alleys that lead to unexpected turns amidst ancient stone houses and cave dwellings dating back from the Paleolithic or better known as Old Stone Age, you arrive to the 18th-century Palazzo Torraca (Torraca Palace) where Dimora Ulmo Ristorante is settled in. It is an elegant building previously owned by the Ulmo Family, one of the richest and aristocratic families in the city, flanked by the traditional dwellings of the Sassi of Matera, taking part in the distinctive layout of Matera.

11 June 2019

Spaghetti with Garum from the Ancient Roman Period


When we speak about fish sauce, we all know how particularly pungent the aroma and flavor can be. Fish sauce is an amber liquid condiment made from fish that has been covered with salt and left to ferment for up to a couple of years. The liquid that seeps out from it is the fish sauce. In Asian cuisine, known with a variety of names, it has a widespread consumption as a sharp condiment for fish, meat, vegetables or any other salty dish that needs enhancement of flavors and it's quite recognizable for the umami flavor that it imparts for its glutamate content and the powerful smell that it effuses.

Esprit Chef Dinner with Korean Fusion Dishes in Rome, Italy


The two-week Italian journey of the eleven talented young Korean chefs of Esprit Chef concluded in Rome after their culinary tour in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Puglia. The capital is the final stage of their traveling itinerary that has led them to discover the genuine Italian cuisine and find new inspiration in creating more innovative dishes.

10 June 2019

A Temple Dinner with Buddhist Monk Jeong Kwan in Rome, Italy


With the fundamental role of promoting the Korean culture to Italy, the Istituto Culturale Coreano (Korean Cultural Institute), between 22 -25 May 2019, hosted the world-renowned Buddhist monk Jeong Kwan, popularized by her role as the protagonist of the TV program Chef's Table on Netflix (season 3) on a series of events in Rome.

08 June 2019

Le Méridien Visconti Hotel of Rome Opens For Summer Dining


Rome is finally in full splendor with the Mediterranean summer days ahead. The month of May may have been atypically cold, wet and gray but as the first of June stepped in, the sun finally came out with the blue skies and warm temperature. Le Méridien Visconti Hotel proposes summer dining on its ground floor courtyard and indoor lounge, the Longitude 12 Bar & Bistrot and its rooftop terrace, the Rooftop 7 Terrace.

06 June 2019

Celebrating 500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci with Fiumicino's Best Chefs


Leonardo da Vinci, one of Italy's most celebrated polymath in the Renaissance period,  was commemorated with celebrations on his 500th anniversary. Following the exhibition of some of his flight machines that were replicated in their natural size and a multimedia area with his drawings on the Code on the Flight of Birds at Italy's main airport hub, Leonardo da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, a show cooking with recipes inspired by da Vinci took place last 30 May 2019.

17 May 2019

The Genuine Nipponic Cuisine of Shiroya Restaurant in Rome, Italy


Something was clear in the mind of young entrepreneur Sabrina Bai when she opened Shiroya Restaurant. After extensive travels and work in Japan, she wanted to share her passion and lead the Romans to a gastronomic voyage through the Land of the Rising Sun, taking as much authenticity as she can. The soul of a country is breathed in the kitchen where history and beauty merge in dishes created by the hands of its own people. There are complexities in the flavors, aromas that emit unfamiliarity and curious consistencies. Japan is a land in East Asia composed of a group of 6,852 islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Being surrounded with water, traditionally, the cuisine has a predominance of seafood and vegetables emphasis on their seasonality, accompanied by staples rice and noodles. Only in the mid-19th century was meat introduced to the Japanese diet.

15 May 2019

Terrawine Festival 2019: Wine, Oil and the Land of Umbria


Terrawine Festival, a two-day event that celebrated the beautiful land of Umbria took place at the 10th-century Castle of Titigliano on the 11th and 12th of May 2019. The castle from the Medieval period is immersed in the picturesque soft green hills with neat rows of vineyards that  overlooks the serene Lake Corbara. A project of Centro Turistico Amerino (CTA) headed by Salvatore Alfieri, it was a weekend of discovering what this central region is capable of giving with its rich land and culture. In the program were walk around and guided tastings of wine, oil and artisan products, and discussions about specific subjects on agriculture, tourism and art.

10 May 2019

Il Capriccio di Carla Gelateria in Rome Turns 10 Years Old!


It was on the 9th of May in the year 2009 when Carla D'Ambrosio opened her artisan gelateria in the zone of Pigneto in Rome. From being an employee at the postal office, she left her work as she chose to follow her lifetime passion of making gelato. It was decided on a whim, perhaps also a selfish act, but it was for a good reason because she did it to give her son the best for his future.

09 May 2019

Diamoci un Taglio: A Wine Tasting in Rome of Italian Monovarietal Wines


On 7 May 2019, the presentation to the press and preview of the event Diamoci un Taglio, Beviamoli in Purezza (Let's Cut It. Let's Drink it in Purity) took place in the newly-opened wine bar Matière Bar-à-Vìn. A preview of the wines that will be present in the event were provided by Raffaele Troisi of Azienda Vadiaperti - Traerte from the Campania Region and Lucia Ziniti of Cantina San Biagio Vecchio from the Emilia-Romagna Region.

07 May 2019

Magazzino Scipioni: A Tasting Journey of Fine Synergy of Wine and Kitchen


There are a number of good reasons why Magazzino Scipioni is the right place for a gustatory quest in Rome. The location is just a stone's throw away from the Vatican Museum, wine racks are filled with more than a hundred interesting  labels from France and Italy (and perhaps a few from other wine producing countries), and a kitchen that promises your palate a delicious gastronomic trip.

04 May 2019

Trippa Osteria: A Roman Restaurant That Specializes in Tripe


"Throughout my childhood I didn't eat tripe." That's something that you wouldn't expect to hear from the owner of a restaurant that specializes in tripe. It's an antithetical stance considering that Alessandra Ruggeri has chosen this iconic ingredient as a base for the traditional dishes at her restaurant Trippa Osteria. But things make sudden reversals as time and experiences change the taste buds and point of view. In fact, as she arrived to adulthood, she developed a passion for this fifth quarter, one of the Roman cuisine's protagonists in the plates. It is for a fact, one of the leanest and poorest beef cut.

03 May 2019

Eating Without Sin at Gola Restaurant in Rome, Italy


At Gola, eating is not just for nurturing your hunger, it also connotes eating to enjoy it without sin. Born from the idea of 28-year old restaurateur Simone Segneri, who comes from a family involved in the food sector, Gola Restaurant has recently reformatted its appearance, philosophy and menu. The scheme of restyling starts with the overturning of the meaning of Gola which is no longer portrayed as a form of sin but a play on the senses. 



Host Restaurant and Cannolicchio Osteria di Mare: Four Hands Dinner


In celebration of the arrival of spring, Chef Alessandro Capponi of Host Restaurant in Fiumicino and Chef Luca Baldacci of Cannolicchio Osteria di Mare in Rome prepared a full four hands seafood dinner at Host Restaurant on 30 April 2019.

Both chefs with their own kitchen brigades filled Host Restaurant's open kitchen with a charge of activity as they prepared their guests' dinner on Tuesday night. A part of what  made the dinner special was the spectacle of the systematic bustle of chopping the ingredients, tossing of vibrant red spaghetti and dark green linguini in large saucepans, preparation of the dishes before they were taken to the tables. A variety of fresh seafood and an assortment of the season's vegetables in their dynamic colors were used in dishes as tribute to spring.