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Turin, Italy

08/02/2016 | By

Once the capital of Italy, Turin oozes traditional Italian charm and good looks, minus the crowds of Rome and Florence.


The very first capital of Italy, after unification, Turin nestles at the foot of the Alps and is now the administrative centre of the region of Piedmont.


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The Porta Palazzo Market, Turin

18/01/2016 | By

A wander around Turin’s Porta Palazzo Market, the largest open-air market in Europe.

markets, Porta Palazzo

One thing that really stands out about the food culture of Italy is the abundance of fresh food markets in each city. The locals tend to shop for fresh produce daily, rather than doing the weekly (soul-destroying, IMHO) shop which is more the norm here in Australia. This means that, for the most part, people are eating fresh, local, seasonal produce  – a much better way to stay connected to the food system.

porta palazzo markets, Turin

Porta Palazzo markets, quail eggs

When visiting Torino (Turin) last year at least one market visit was high on my list of priorities. The city has 42 open-air markets and six covered markets dotted around the neighbourhoods and on our second day in the city we visited the most significant, the Porta Palazzo Market.

Porta Palazzo Market, eggplant

The Porta Palazzo Market takes it’s name from the ancient gate which marked the entry to the Roman town of Augusta Taurinorum and is the largest open-air market in Europe. It is open six days a week and boasts 800 stalls spread over a 50,000 square metre space, surrounded by four  covered markets – a clothing market, a fish market and two other food markets, plus various stores, cafes and restaurants.

Porta Palazzo market artisan cheese

Gorgeous , little handmade cheeses direct from the producer at Porta Palazzo Market, Torino

Unusually, part of this space is also shared by up to 100 farmers market stands, with the farmers travelling in to sell their produce direct to the public – making it one of the few places where city folk can come into daily contact with the people who grow their food.

Porta Palazzo market, fragrant herbs

porta palazza market tomatoes

Honestly, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be bothered with a sterile shopping centre when there is so much more pleasure to be had buzzing around these intriguing stalls which sell just about anything one could need. From vegetables, oils, cold cuts, cheese, breads, local delicacies and flowers to clothing, shoes, household goods, second-hand goods, jewellery – you name it, someone there will be selling it, guaranteed.

offal meat, Porta Palazzo market

Offal – all the spare bits ready to cook at the Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo market seafood

Fabulous, fresh seafood at Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo Market, pesce sciabola

Pesce Sciabola – also called Silver SCabbard Fish – a local deep-water favourite.

Porta Palazzo Market, sometimes known as ‘Torino’s kitchen’, is much more than just a food source for the city of Torino, though, and is recognised as a local cultural and social hub, for both Italians and migrants to the city. The importance of the market is such that an anthropological study, “Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market”, has been published using this market as an example to show how important such centres are for the culinary culture and social life of cities.

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Crush Festival 2016 – Adelaide Hills

11/01/2016 | By

It’s almost time for Crush Festival 2016 – celebrating all the very best of wine, food and life in the Adelaide Hills.

Crush Festival

Here I am back again all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the shiny new year!


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Barolo – “The Wine of Kings and the King of Wines”

23/11/2015 | By

A visit to the beautiful Italian region which has given the world the very noble Barolo wine.

Village of Barolo

The village of Barolo – image from Wikimedia Commons

Despite the fact that The Bloke and I have always been keen to show our support for the Australian wine industry by consuming as much of it as possible, during a trip to Italy a few years ago our heads were turned just a little.


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Cologne Cathedral, Germany

16/11/2015 | By

Cologne Cathedral – a spectacular example of Gothic architecture. 

Cologne Cathedral - really big

Cologne Cathedral – huge.

For a very lapsed Catholic, I seem to spend a lot of time in churches when I travel.


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Eating Amsterdam with Eating Europe Food Tours

26/10/2015 | By

Get to know the food of Amsterdam, it’s stories and producers with Eating Amsterdam Food Tours

Eating Amsterdam, apple pie

The best apple pie in the world, with a US presidential seal of approval!

Napoleon Bonaparte said ‘an army marches on it’s stomach’ – and so does a food blogger.


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