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Escape the bollito in the room of surprises

September 16, 2015

I am saving them jealously. Old copies of the National Geographic magazine from 1899 and 1900, found when I was around 12 years old while rummaging in what used to be my favourite room in our big family country home. A dusty windowless store room, with old wooden cabinets packed full of books, letters and…

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When in Rome…

November 10, 2014

Before leaving for Buenos Aires, I stopped for a few days in Rome, staying at a friend’s house in Testaccio, a now trendy neighbourhood that traditionally housed the city’s abattoir and meat market. Many of the most famous restaurants of traditional roman cuisine have been operating for decades in this area, and since the abattoir’s…

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