Genovese Pesto Recipe – Liguria

Pesto from Cinque Terre

Genoa is the birthplace of Pesto: The Ligurian region is the birthplace of the Pesto sauce.  More precisely, it was in Genoa, on the north Ligurian coast, that Pesto originated. Basil, a main ingredient of pesto sauce, grows well in the Ligurian temperate climate. Travelling around Liguria, … [Read more...]

Baia Saracena – Vernazza

The Location is Fantastic but the Food Quality is Wanting : This bar on the breakwater enjoys a splendid location. For parched, sunbathers this is a convenient place to get a drink. Baia Saracena is the first café/bar that visitors will see when they come off their boat from one of the other … [Read more...]

Trattoria da Sandro – Vernazza

Even the Slow Food Movement would Baulk at the Slow Service here: Maria, our landlady recommended this place and said that she and the locals would dine here. This trattoria is on the right-hand side of via Roma as you walk towards the train station. There is an inside restaurant, but even without … [Read more...]

Trattoria Gianni Franzi – Vernazza

At Trattoria Gianni Franzi you'll find typical Cuisine of the Cinque Terre: For standard of food, service and price of meals, Trattoria Gianni gets our vote for the best trattoria/restaurant in Piazza Marconi. This trattoria enjoys a full house most evenings, leaving the other restaurants … [Read more...]

Dining Out in Vernazza – Cinque Terre

Restaurant Dining in Vernazza: Vernazza has a nice square by the harbour that is filled with a range of restaurants, trattorias and cafés.  Along the main street, via Roma, there are more eateries. If you're staying in this town during your Cinque Terre holidays, there are enough restaurants and … [Read more...]

Trofie al Pesto – a Ligurian Specialty

A Typical Ligurian Pesto Pasta Dish: Trofie pasta is a Ligurian specialty and this is one dish that you'll find on most restaurant menus. Trofie is often served with pesto (Trofie al Pesto) which is also a specialty of the Ligurian region. In fact, Liguria is the birthplace of pesto which uses … [Read more...]

Rendez-vous at Paris Cafés Renowned for their Famous Clientele

Historic Cafés of Paris: Paris is famous for its café scene and an enduring image is of Parisians passing time at a café reading their newspaper,  friends having a rendez-vous over a slow drink, businessmen and women discussing deals in a relaxed environment or people just chilling out and … [Read more...]

Le Procope – the Oldest Café in the World

Café Procope

At Le Procope, the first literary coffeeshop was born: Paris' Left Bank area is full of interesting and historical coffeehouses and cafés and one of the most fascinating must be Café Procope.  It claims to be oldest coffeehouse in the world. Le Procope is in rue d'lAnciennne Comédie which was … [Read more...]

"k.u.k Hoflieferant" – Purveyors to the Imperial Court

When "k.u.k Hoflieferant" confirms that you're good enough for the Imperial Court: If your business had the honorary title of “k.u.k Hoflieferant” during the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, that meant that you were chosen to be a purveyor to the Imperial Court.  It's of course a much … [Read more...]