Staying cool in Rome

Taking it easy is the only strategy to cope with the Roman summer heat. When the cobblestoned alleys turn into an oven, go indoors to restaurants with airconditioning, jump in a pool or take daytrips to the Castelli Romani.

I wrote some outdoor suggestions for Let’s Go Mag’s 25 hot ideas for Summer (‘Relaxation and Resuscitation‘) and Wizz Magazine (‘The Great Outdoors‘). Enjoy and stay cool!

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The Rome Digest Launches Today

header bannerThe Rome Digest, an online news portal for dining, drinking and food shopping in Rome, launches today.

I am proud to be part of this iniative, together with my friends and colleagues Sarah May Grunwald, Hande Leimer, Katie Parla and Gina Tringali. All women, all sommeliers and local food experts with a deep admiration for our adopted city.

The Rome Digest highlights 100 wine bars, markets and restaurants that reflect our beliefs in local, sustainable and seasonal agricultural initiatives. From crowd pleasers such as Pizzarium and La Barrique to a speakeasy near Campo de’ Fiori named The Jerry Thomas Project to La Tradizione, a salumeria that sells more than 400 Italian cheeses and salumi.…

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‘Pasta alla Romana’ – my app for pasta in Rome

If you want to know real Roman cuisine, start with pasta. I recently put together an iPhone app that will give you a nice primer on classics as Carbonara or Amatriciana and other classics. It tells you in what trattorie to eat them and where to buy fresh pasta. Plus you’ll learn about ‘al dente’, (forbidden) ingredients and pasta shapes.

In the Eternal City, hundreds of trattorias have been serving the same dishes since time immemorial and nobody ever seems to grow tired of them. But who would? Picture a steaming bowl of perfect al dente pasta glistening with a velvety tomato sauce, containing tiny bits of crispy pork and grated pecorino cheese.…

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Roman horn tooting (100% Rome)

Ecco: the new 100% Rome. Updating this guidebook was the reason I came back to the Eternal City last Summer. I pounded the pavement, sometimes with 30+°C temperatures, to find exciting sights, shops and restaurants and re-checked previous entries (disclaimer: not all entries are personal favorites, but I had to make some compromises). I’m glad I accepted this gig, because other chance meetings followed which made it possible for me to be here. Now I’m working as a sommelier, market tour guide, and I’m still writing about food and wine. It’s all pretty damn good.

So, for all of you Dutch-speaking people out there who are planning a Rome trip, here’s the link.

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