It is naive to think that just one city sets the tone for an entire county. I quickly learned that just because you have visited London does not mean that you have visited England. I love London don't get me wrong, but it is only…
Travel anywhere along the Adriatic Coast and you cannot ignore the traditional fish cuisine. Each locality has its own speciality such as stuffed mussels and stuffed squid, pasta with clams, fried fish, pasta and chickpeas, seafood soup and so on. Not least, the Gulf of Vasto, where many dishes are still prepared by local mums in the traditional way.
When I first moved to France, one of the first questions people would ask me was, “Why?” To me it seemed an odd question – “Why not?” I always wanted to answer. But I didn’t. Instead, I came up with a flippant answer, far from the full truth, but definitely an influential and attractive aspect of the country: “For the cheese.”
One of my favorite traditions in Italy is "Aperitivo" or taking a pre-dinner drink, either at home or at a bar to wet the appetite. Aperitivo is often accompanied with some food, but the traditional intent is not to spoil the appetite before the meal to follow.