Food and Flowers: a perfect match!

Meeting Deborah from The Red Beetle Travelling Food was so much fun Today! I really admire her determination. Every time I have the pleasure to meet her, she turns up with bags full of ideas, enthusiasm and a beautiful smile. I genuinely invite you to try the Red Beetle's products as they are just outstanding, simply delicious. Deborah is now preparing the Christmas Boxes, you definitely don't want to miss these! 

From her Website. the Company's philosophy is to bring the most genuine, locally grown, authentic Italian food products to your table. She travels around Italy to establish a personal connection with her suppliers, to ensure that each and every ingredient is the most loved and cared for. 

So we met at Ottolenghi in Islington (place that I adore as food and location are lovely) and set up a photoshoot. Again, the autumnal look for me is a must! I never tire of this Season and its colour, it's simply poetic and inspirational. On this occasion I chose some Dahlias, Carnations, Amaranthus Caudatus and a lot of Eucalyptus for a natural and wondrous look.

Cinque Terre: a never ending beauty!

Think of something wonderful, Cinque Terre is more than that!

A Unesco World Heritage site since 1997, Cinque Terre is a collection of medieval seaside villages in the Liguria Region. To be precise, allow me name them as even the sound is absolutely adorable: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.

Going to Italy at the end of May is such a treat as you can enjoy some lovely warm weather, have the most amazing vegan ice-cream, smell the sea breeze, listen to the waves and fall in love with a stunning view. And people, what a view! Tiny beautiful villages lightened up in the sun with vivid colours, narrow streets filled with intense activities and folkloristic sounds then flowers. Beautiful flowers everywhere to delight my eyes with pleasure. What stands out from this strip of land is the colour palette under the different lights of the day. You will never have enough of it.

Cinque Terre's unique historical feature are the terraced cliffs used to cultivate grapes and olives. Gardens are pretty lovely too, many roses and wild flowers.  Sleeping is not included in the journey as how can you actually miss all this? Too much to see, love, enjoy and breathe. Forget the car as you travel by train, a quite efficient service actually, or on foot.

No stress, just chill and food...well wine too! 

"...visible only to those who know where to look"

If you had the possibility to spend some time in one of the most beautiful Countries, which actually happens to be your Country, would you not? Of course you would, that’s why I took the chance to enjoy a short break where the sun shines, Spring is not just a word in the dictionary and places recall beauty and tranquility. Italy, my first Love! I’m writing this post while still here and have quite a few days to go, yet it feels like I have filled a bag full of images, senses, memories and wonders already.

Villa Barbarigo - a 16th-century rural mansion in Valsanzibio/Padova - with its remarkable gardens, the impressive statues as well as the many fountains and a lovely labirinth was a very good start indeed.  

Al Tezzon Restaurant and its glorious food then welcomed us by spoiling the senses with an epic gastro-experience that is always hard to forget. Lovely service, exceptional food, good memories: what a place!

When your first day at home is so brilliant that nothing could compare to it, then leave it with Venice, it’ll definitely do the job! It is impossibile not to fall in love with every corner of this place, each little alley speaks a beautiful language you cannot ignore. Venice inspires and seduces, it gives memories you will never forget. Breathe pleasure and elegance, enjoy the historical buildings, the busy squares, the reflections on the canals, the vibrant colours and don’t forget to smile! Enjoy the oddity where the bus is a ferry, the taxi is a posh motor boat and touristy cars are very expensive gondolas.

After a day like that, only one place could restore the balance of a stunning sight.  A place I particularly love for its beauty and sweet memories it recalls whenever I think of it. The Botanical Garden of Padova, created in 1545, is the oldest existing university botanical garden in the World and part of the Unesco Heritage. Every step you take is a reverie of surprises where you can enjoy a silent walk or listen to the sound of water, where ancient and modern coexist and …where I can even find my name among the medicinal plants! Wandering around, enjoying the historic trees like a huge magnolia or the oldest plant of the garden, a palm planted in 1585 and famous thanks to Goethe’s essays  it’s an experience that cannot be missed. Water lilies are still my favourite there like hellebores and tulips of course. Vivid and bright yet delicate flowers that inspired so many people in the past.

I would like to end this post with a small part of a sonnet I found at Villa Barbarigo. It’s  a lovely ode to Nature and its magnificence “visible only to those who know where to look”


"Curioso viator che in questa parte

Giungi e credi mirar vaghezze rare

Quanto di bel, quanto di buon qui appare

Tutto deesi a Natura e nulla ad Arte"