Category: Around the World

Everything and anything from around the world of travel

A message from the Queen

So it seems Your Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II is having her own “Bake Off” competition.

One of the many activities to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this year.

A great deal of celebrations are in store as she stands as the first Monarch to be in throne for 70 years.

Fortune & Mason has launched “The Platinum Pudding Competitionso bakers enthusiasts can create a new pudding for the Queen and be served up, as they said, “at street parties and other celebrations up and down the country”.

A panel of high profile judges will include Dame Mary Berry from GBBO, the superb Culinary historian and author Regula Ysewijn and the head chef at Buckingham Palace, Mark Flanagan will be doing all the tasting.

Some simple guidelines are: fit for the Queen, must be delicious, can be any pudding, anyone can make at home and just like any good British pudding recipe, to have a memorable story to be told.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (C) considers cutting a cake with a sword, lent to her by The Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, to celebrate of The Big Lunch initiative at The Eden Project, near St Austell in south west England on June 11, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / POOL / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A beloved recipe in Buckingham Palace’s kitchen, for years, is the Chocolate Cookie Cake. It was Kate and William’s wedding official cake together with the eight-tiered traditional fruit cake.

What would you create if you had to impress the Queen? Someone famous for her sweet-tooth and her five o’clock tea.

If you are a big fan of baking and puddings, here are excellent book references by author Regula. To read and delight yourself with her espectacular knowledge of British pudding culture.

So exciting for the results and maybe try at home the winner recipe.

After all it has to be a pudding to be remember! God Save the Queen!

Paris will always be Paris!

parisian sweets window

Spoken and over spoken but no one ever gets tired of talking about Paris.
Walking yourself exhausted around those parisian streets, with those magnificent buildings, windows, flower stalls that only in Paris you can find, bringing color to the coolest or rainiest of days.
French patisserie? Chocolaterie? Boulangerie? In Paris you can go foodie crazy no doubt.
What I love the most about traveling to Paris is the certainty of always finding tradition and reassurance where you left last time you’ve visited.
Old places. New ones too.
Paris is always Paris!

tour eiffel
sunset paris
liberté égalité fraternité
bistro marrais
place des vosges fountain
place des vosges arcs
place des vosges fall
parisian beauty
parisian street art
notre dame
musee d'orsay
louvre & pyramid
parisian buildings II


parisian book shop


parisian doors

parisian metro
Egg & Co.
parisian onion soup
parisian gluttony
parisian sweets

Shakespeare and Company Café

shakespeare and co Paris

When George Whitman opened his parisian bookshop, together there was always a second part of the project that never came to life. The Shakespeare and Company Café. That was until 2015 when his daughter Sylvia and husband David decided to make her dad’s dream become reality.
With spring season right on, if you happen to be in Paris, do make sure to visit the location. Bookshop and Café are right next to each other, same place where Whitman started it all. A visit to their website is also well worth it! Not only impacably cool but full of historical information too.
Vogue magazine made a delicious article about it! Read it on…

shakespeare and co old style

shakespeare and co location

shakespeare and co the famous lemon pie

Photo credits: Shakespeare and Company website

The Egyptian Museum in Turin

shabits - around the Egyptian Museum

Following a major outstanding refurbishment in the last two year,
the Egyptian Museum in Turin, second most important in the world after motherland Cairo City is looking just grand.
Here are some images and glanced videos from the inside as a quick teaser. Worth the visit whenever you are in Turin.
And if that happens to be during Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016 edition coming up on September 22nd til the 26th, the museum has a series of workshops, exhibition, conferences and two special tours dedicated to 4 thousand years of food history iin such important civilization. Visite their website for more information

shabits - around the Egyptian Museum

shabits - around the Egyptian Museum

shabits - around the Egyptian Museum

shabits - around the Egyptian Museum

aroung Egyptian Museum - food and habits

Fattoria di Statiano


A little family farm in the Maremma region of magical Tuscany that has been transformed in an Agritourism. They have horses, cats, chickens. They produce their own wine. Tina, the host, makes a mean seasonal fruit jam. Breakfast at Statiano is the best pampering to start off your day. Actually after having watched the sunrise. Totally worth waking up at 5:50/6am for such experience.
I did stay in one of the small houses where I had my own, fully equiped kitchen, which is always handy when you want to make a quick bite during the day, some italian coffee to brew in a vintage moka or even cook your owm meal. It was called Tiburzi. All rooms, small apartments and houses have a name. Tina and Paolo (her partner and host as well) cook and serve dinner upon request. They are delicious, very on the comfort side idea of a tuscan meal. Never without a glass of vin santo and some crunchy cantucci to wrap up your dinner time.
They are dog friendly. They have a swimming pool. There is an unbelivable silence. Only nature chats to you.
The location, Pomarance, is perfect to access Volterra, the sea side and beautiful drives to reach San Giminiano and Siena.
It was all I needed. Peace & quiet with some small adventures in between. Some days I didn’t even leave the farm. Books, sun, good food and amazing blue sky kept me company.
I can’t wait to visit Tina & Paolo at Fattoria di Statiano again very soon!




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sunrise sept

sunrise sept II



taste of tuscany

Statiano wine

grapes at Statiano

Sunset Tuscany

Fattoria di Statiano
56045 Micciano,
Pomarance (PI) Tuscany
Tel.: +39 0588.61153
Cel.: +39 338.5057879
Fax: +39 0588.61153