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Brixton Market

If you are a foodie in London you must pay a visit to Brixton Market. The market sell a wide range of food and however it’s best know for its African and Caribbean produce, it has developed in the years lovely little place where to eat at anytime of the day. Wide is the offer for fresh fish, fruits and also meat.

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Where it all starts

Everybody has a place that you feel like home or for whatever reason you feel particularly close to. In my case it’s also the place where my passion for food started. I am talking about my parents native city: Civitanova Marche. Civitanova is a small town on the Adriatic coast in the Marche Region.

Many define the Marche as the new Tuscany because as Tuscany has lovely countryside, endless number of small towns and villages situated in the colourful hills, a prosperous agriculture, amazing food and wines. The coast present lovely beaches and not far away mountains of the Appennino worth a visit. I could go on and on enhancing all the beauties of the region but I rather prefer showing few pictures taken during my last visit during the summer, probably the best season to visit the region.

Furthermore Marche is a good option for the fashion lovers. So many famous brands for the high end clothing market have their HQ in the region. Some of them are already famous abroad, such as Tod’s and Hogan. Others, as Prada or Dolce and Gabbana, are producing their clothes and shoes in the area outsourcing their productions to small local companies, which do not have the resources to compete in the market with their own brands.

Competion is though especially from Chinese companies, so the local companies put together their force to compete in the global market. This is what a project called in-outlet is trying to do. As it can be read in their website: ” in-outlet is a guide, which aim is to make its readers aware of shopping proposals, to give directions where to grasp good deals. The guide includes artistic, cultural and rural proposals of a territory that attracts more and more tourists every year.” In-outlet has also an online shop called in-outlet village, which allows you to buy online quality products (Clothing, footwear, bags and accessories and food & wine) directly from the producer . In other words, you can have a slice of Marche Region anywhere you are.

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Santa Maria Pizza

From time to time I really fancy to eat a good pizza (who doesn’t?). But I am quite demanding when it comes to pizza (or any other food..really!!) so I have been investigating for a while, reading reviews by bloggers or experts to find the right place. Every review agreed on one place called Santa Maria Pizza, so the deciosion was taken.

The only negative side of the reviews was that it is not possible to book a table and people could cue for long time, killing sometimes in the next door pub. Aware of this, we decided to visit the Pizzeria at a rather weird time, not for lunch neither for dinner but late in the afternooon around 6 pm. I was amazed that at that time just few tables were occupied.

Santa Maria is a very tiny and very cosy place in Ealing (they now opened a new branch in Kensal Rise called Sacro Cuore), the staff is very friendly and the whole atmosphere is exceptionally warm and very italian. It looks like a corner of Naples in London. The menu is simple: mainly pizza, some starters, few side dished and a couple of dessert. This is the way I like the menu’: it’s easy to read, simple but at the same time rich in choices.

The main character is the PIZZA. Allow me the capital letters because it is really outstanding, the best I had since long time. All the topping are truly Italian or Napolitean, as the owners. But going back to the pizza, I had one called “San Giuseppe” with Napolitean sausage, Bufalo Mozzarella and Friareielli (Wild Broccoli) and my wife had the calzone: a folded pizza filled with fresh ricotta, mozzarella and napolitean sausage. The pizzas look big but the dough is so light that you can eat the whole pizza without even realising it and without feeling full.

The service is very good and fast..you will receive your pizza sooner than expected, also because the tiny pizzeria is quickly getting busy expecially around 7 o’clock.

This Pizza was priceless for me and generally is on the economic side. Prices start from £5.45 and the whole meal for two people, including drinks but not service charge, costs less than £30. A real deal.

Since I tried this pizza I don’t want to eat pizza anywhere else, even though I am tempted to try the rest on the list of Timeout review.

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A new gastronomic experience

This time I won’t talk about a specific recipe, but I would like to share with you a new gastronomic experience I had in one of my latest trip. My wife and me travelled to Colombia (country of origin of my wife) for a couple of weeks. In between family reunion and parties we had the chance to have some privacy for a week end in the beautiful town of Cartagena.

Cartagena is a beautiful town on the Atlantic cost of Colombia with a perfect hot weather all year around,  plenty of history to discover and delicious food to try.

Cartagena’s cuisine is rich and varied thanks to the mixture of cultures like Arabic, Chinese and European, and excellent products like seafood, which is cooked in delicious dishes. Typical dishes are outstanding made with seafood and seafood casseroles, soups, fish and other dishes such as arepas egg, sausages, the fritters, the higadote, nicknamed cheese, rice with coconut and seafood. Outstanding restaurants, with simple but delicious menus and affordable prices.

Drinks: nothing better than fresh fruit juices rich in this area as a handle, lulus, passion fruit, and anything else with a tropical taste..

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