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Aztec agriculture

Aztec agriculture

Aztec agriculture

Few weeks ago I was very fortunate to experience Mexico City’s incredible Xochimilco area and learn about the Chinampas. An inspiring initiative led by the @yolcan_mx entrepreneurs is reviving traditional farming practices established in Aztec times centred around Chinampas: these are small, rectangular areas of fertile land harnessed to grow…

22
Sep '18
Le Peracciole: a farm with a view

Le Peracciole: a farm with a view

Le Peracciole: a farm with a view

Nestled on the tip of the Sorrentina Peninsula, overlooking the Bay of Naples, seventeen acres of lush organic gardens and orchards provide the raw ingredients for Don Alfonso 1890. Run by Alfonso Iaccarino and his wife Livia, the restaurant is an extension of the land the Iaccarinos began cultivating 25…

2
Sep '15
Peas at Etxebarri

Peas at Etxebarri

Peas at Etxebarri

If there is one thing Basque country and Japan have in common is the obsession with perfect, seasonal ingredients. These impossibly small peas (“Guisantes lágrima” or “teardrop peas”) are only grown in an area of ​​five hectares north of Guipuzcoa and can cost up to 200 euros a kilo. Crunchy,…

9
May '15
Green peas for the price of gold (kind of)

Green peas for the price of gold (kind of)

Green peas for the price of gold (kind of)

Speaking of über ingredients, these green peas were served at the Foodies documentary reception at Maria Cristina hotel, organized by Jon Warren from San Sebastian gourmet tours. When someone says “you must try those peas”(not Iberico ham or other gourmet food, served at the cocktail), you better do. Think of…

30
Sep '14
Asparagus theater

Asparagus theater

Asparagus theater

Elaborate show and luxurious presentation is often a huge part of 3 Michelin stars restaurant experience and the price you pay for it. I recently read somewhere that people find expensive food better tasting. The simply poached asparagus with crushed egg condiment at Alain Ducasse Monaco was without doubt an excellent…

5
May '14
Bringing home the melon

Bringing home the melon

Bringing home the melon

So this is how the precious musk melon from Senbikiya Tokyo store looked when sliced. This one cost me around 80 €, while the most expensive musk melon at the shop that day was over 160 €! As exciting as opening a Christian Dior shoe box 😉

30
Apr '13
Luxury fruit

Luxury fruit

Luxury fruit

The continuous search for perfection is strongly embedded in Japanese culture and mentality. Japanese don’t compromise when quality is concerned, whether it’s service at your hotel, cleanliness of Tokyo streets or quality of the Japanese products. Nowhere in the world, you will find such amazing products as in Japan, but…

18
Apr '13
Fruit shopping in Tokyo

Fruit shopping in Tokyo

Fruit shopping in Tokyo

It never ceases to amaze me the quality of the products in Tokyo. Sembikiya is the oldest fruit shop in Japan selling fruits of unbelievable quality you will get nowhere in the world. The fruits at the Sembikiya shops are so expensive that usually you buy them by units and…

5
Dec '11
Carciofi alla giudia

Carciofi alla giudia

Carciofi alla giudia

Jewish style artichokes from Piperno restaurant in the Roman Ghetto. You eat everything – the artichoke heart, crispy leaves… One of my favourite Roman specialities. The Romanesco artichokes season is from February to April and you can find them now pretty everywhere in the Ghetto area.

23
Feb '11