La Locanda di Bagnara

best bed: La Locanda di Bagnara, Bagnara di Romagna,  Italy

La Locanda is a historic gem in a tiny medieval town, definitely off the beaten track. Yet situated at the crossroads of a magic, underappreciated  area of Italy that encompasses Bologna, Ravenna, Faenza and Imola. This cluster of buildings began…

me admiring Geneva

my favorite things…Geneva

It is often said the streets of Geneva are paved with gold... not true. But there are a lot of banks. And headquarters:WHO, WTO, Red Cross, UN and World Bank to name a few. And shops, restaurants, hotels and chocolatiers…

wine at Noize

mathieu germond…one great sommelier

Mathieu Germond is one of the world’s great sommeliers though it is likely that you have never heard of him. He doesn’t have a column in the FT, write books or appear on reality tv shows. But finding the perfect…

the counter at ten restaurant in toronto

the perfect ten: julian bentivegna’s new restaurant

“I take my cooking seriously, but never myself”.  My first thought as I started chatting with chef Julian Bentivegna was Wow! am I an under achiever. My second thought was Wow! can he cook. Julian has just opened his  first…

venice by benjamin dickerhof

my favourite things: VENICE

Ah VENICE! Beyond crowded in summer, damp and foggy in winter, yet somehow always totally enchanting. A city packed with art, history, culture and the most incredible amount of tourist tat. Truman Capote said “Venice is like eating an entire…

1909 kitchen

a tale of two restaurants

  Tofino, a culinary destination? Where the f**k is Tofino? It’s certainly what I wondered back in 2014 when one of this small town’s eateries, The Wolf in the Fog, won best new restaurant in Canada. And not by some…

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