We have always had a love story with Italy. But for the very first time we decided to spend our summer holidays in Tuscany when we would normally head towards the wonderful beaches of Corsica at this time of the year.
We have not been disappointed so far. We found last minute a wonderful spot at the Locanda Rossa hotel, just an hour north of Rome and just a few kilometres away from the medieval town of Capalbio. A great place for families as there is a dedicated pool for kids as well as a big lawn play area including a football pitch.
The highlight has been the food so far which a few pasta dishes direct from heaven. A dedicated post will follow emphasising the local specialities.
For now, back to the pool. Ci vediamo dopo !
Great new brewery and coffee shop in the heart of Richmond, Surrey. The high street is being reinvented with more boutique and artisans then ever before. #KISSTHEHIPPO
Buhti is our local yoga and Pilate club in Richmond, Greater London. A boutique studio with fantastic teachers also offering fresh and organic food. If you are a local or visiting, this is a gem.
First and foremost let me wish you all a very healthy and happy 2017.
It all started very well for me and my family with some holidays off the slopes in Val d’Isère ( previous post ) followed by a business trip to visit my company’s headquarters in dream city Melbourne.
I love that city. Its people. Its passion for nature, sport, food and coffee. Never been there ? Pin it for one of your next trip then as it is a must !
I have been lucky enough to stay at the QT Hotel. It recently opened and is all I like. Small. Excellent service and friendly staff from all over the world. Free internet. Great rooftop terrace. Competitive pricing at around 250 AUD including breakfast. And last but not least an exceptionally good restaurant and room service at excellent value for money ratio.
Check out some of the dishes I have been lucky to honour for you !
Vive Melbourne !
Since we relocated to Richmond surrey early 2015, this restaurant kept surprising us. The location by the River Thames is mind blowing. The staff extremmely friendly but professional and efficient. And the food is simply succulent led by recently hired head chef Damian Clisby, an ex HIX Soho resident.
The Boglione family owns the place which is composed of a wonderful plants and tree nursery, a café, a shop selling antiques and the restaurant.
With their Italian roots, no surprise this is a constant in the cuisine they serve and ingredients they use. All at the summit of freshness.
This is a true bowl of fresh air away from the city close by the richmond royal park.
Bookings required weeks in advance for week end lunches.
Tél : 020 8940 5230
I will write this post in Spanish for a couple of reasons. Number one is for all my beloved Argentinian and Spanish speaking followers. Second as a way to celebrate change. This blog is dedicated to art de vivre and it has never been intended to discuss politics. But I am so proud and happy that the people from Argentina decided last week end to say “Basta!”to Peronism and populism which brought this wonderful country at the very edge of collapse. There is hope again and I sincerely hope the new president will be called Mr Mauricio Macri. VAMOS ARGENTINA. VAMOS “CAMBIEMOS!”
Ahora hablamos de comida. De comida argentina espectacular en Londres. El lugar se llama “ZOILO” y se encuentra al lado de Selfridges en el número 9 de duke street.
Nos gustó mucho el diseño tipo bistro parisino. La gente.
El concepto son tapas para compartir. Cada tapa tiene precio entre 3.50 GBP ( por una empanada ) y 10 GBP ( por los platos caliente como el burger ).
Creo que nunca comimos tan rico en un restaurant argentino. La provoleta sin duda la mejor que nunca tuvimos. Y probamos muchas estos últimos Díez años.
Como plato caliento mi mujer pidió un asado. Ni les cuento la calidad de la carne. Cocción perfecta.
Yo tuve el burger. Igual. Un éxito total !
Por el vino, elegimos 2 bodegas que siempre nos gustó. La linda 2011 y trumpeter 2013. 6 GBP la copa. Imbatible en Londres.
Terminamos con peras cocinadas en vino tinto, servidas frías con un sorbete de ricota. Acompañado por una copa de vino dulce tinto. Un malbec obvio.
Comimos con 7 tapas y 6 copas de vino. Por menos de 100 GBP.
Les digo. Este lugar les vas a encantar ! Hace falta reservar con anticipación.
Un abrazo a todos. Te quiero ARGENTINA !