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An Introduction to Langhe e Roero + A Much-Deserved Thank You

ITALY | Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | Views [2771]

An Introduction to Langhe e Roero I had originally planned to write every day during my stay in Langhe and Roero, a heavenly corner of Piedmont in northern Italy. I pictured myself sitting on a little balcony somewhere, typing up the events of the ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langa, langhe, passort & plate, passport and plate, roero, travel, wanderlust, world nomads scholarship


At Home in Langhe: A Poem

ITALY | Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | Views [1096] | Comments [1]

Photo credit: Carl Pendle   What if I traveled, not to experience something foreign, but to discover a destination where I truly felt at home? What if there is a place – my kind of place – where kisses come in twos, courses ... Read more >

Tags: beautiful, italy, langhe, piedmont, piemonte, poem, poetry


Day 8: Best Enjoyed Together

ITALY | Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | Views [1792]

Nothing quite induces simultaneous appreciation and dejectedness like the last day of a holiday. I was just getting the hang of sleeping in when – for the first time since arriving in Alba – my alarm woke me up. Monforte was waiting. Pietro ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, sharing, thoughts, travel, world nomads


Day 7: Time Passes Slowly

ITALY | Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | Views [2444]

According to the Bible, the seventh day is supposedly the holy day of rest. I’ve never been religious which is just as well as we had a full itinerary to get through. It started in Grinzane Cavour, where we briefly checked out national monument, ... Read more >

Tags: cooking, food, italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 6: Always Bring a Bathing Suit

ITALY | Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | Views [2377]

One of the things I love most about Langhe e Roero is that passionate people power it. Small producers know how to work the land, and do so with love and determination. Anna Adami is one such woman, rising early at her sheep farm, Cascina Raflazz in ... Read more >

Tags: cooking, food, italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 5: People Make the Place

ITALY | Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | Views [2477]

This day was a good day for many reasons, the first being I now know what I’m going to call my daughter when the prospect of having children no longer terrifies me. Gaia. It’s nice, no? The Gaia we met first thing in the morning was nice ... Read more >

Tags: cooking, food, italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 4: Da Morire

ITALY | Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | Views [2395]

Andy Warhol once said, “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have”. Take for example the multi-coloured Barolo Chapel in La Morra, painted by pop artists Sol LeWitt on the outside (US) and David Tremlett ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 3: A Mouthful of Memories

ITALY | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | Views [2246]

Maurizio Albarello was late, as Italians often are. As for us, for the first time that week, we were right on time. “Mauriziooo!” yelled Pietro from the ground floor, ringing the bell like an excited six-year-old and banging on the door at ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 2: Eat, Drink, Smile, Repeat

ITALY | Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | Views [2277]

Fact: the wind feels better in your hair in Langa. I can’t count the number of times I caught myself with a big, stupid grin on my face in the car side mirror. We drove everywhere, windows down, Bob Dylan blaring. The weather was on our side; despite ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 1: Wine in their Veins

ITALY | Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | Views [3238] | Video

Langhe e Roero is renowned for food with soul and wine with body. It’s also the home of the world-famous white Alba truffles, and the birthplace of Nutella, the largest family-run company in the world. It was only fitting to start our first full ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Day 0: Falling in Love with Langhe

ITALY | Saturday, 31 May 2014 | Views [2766]

The first time I met Pietro, our host, for what would become my most memorable trip to date, he was complaining. Someone had told him that my assigned filmmaker Carl and I would arrive at his B&B at midday. We didn’t. It wasn’t until ... Read more >

Tags: italy, langhe, passport & plate, piedmont, piemonte, roero, travel, world nomads


Photos: THREE: Langhe e Roero, Piemonte, Italia

ITALY | Thursday, 29 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: TWO: Langhe e Roero, Piemonte, Italia

ITALY | Thursday, 29 May 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: ONE: Langhe e Roero, Piemonte, Italia

ITALY | Thursday, 29 May 2014 | Photo Gallery

Some highlights from my Passport & Plate adventure
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Photos: Passport & Plate - Farmhouse Fig & Chèvre Tart + Blackberry Balsamic

FRANCE | Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery | Scholarship Entry

Ingredients For the Farmhouse Tart 300 g soft goat’s cheese (we source ours from Lorgues Market in the Haut-Var region, but a high quality variety from the supermarket is fine too) 4 tbsp heavy cream 3 sprigs rosemary zest of 1 lemon flour for dusting ... Read more >
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Photos: I am Cleopatra.

EGYPT | Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | Photo Gallery


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My Scholarship entry - Understanding a Culture through Food

EGYPT | Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | Views [2904] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

A Feast Fit for a Pharaoh Our taxi slams on its breaks, narrowly avoiding a malnourished donkey. Ironically, the scrawny animal draws a rusty oven of sweet potatoes mounted on wonky wheels. "It's the batata man!" announces the driver. Suddenly he pulls ... Read more >

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My Travel Writing Scholarship 2011 entry - Journey in an Unknown Culture

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | Views [1697] | Scholarship Entry

In Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, there is only one rule when crossing the road: do not hesitate. Hundreds of colourful mopeds stampede down the road through a thick diesel mist, oblivious to the traffic lights. As you ask yourself “Why did the tourist ... Read more >

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