Spring has finally started here in the Far North too! 🌸🌿
I was thinking the other day how everything must look like a throwback on the blog, but it’s just because here in the North seasons start later, so if you’ve been seen rhubarbs in shops for a month already, here they’ve just arrived. Of course, I immediately took the chance to bake with something seasonal. Rhubarb is actually one of the first spring produce, so it always give me a feeling of hope for the new season. I still had some frozen strawberries from last year’s harvest and, since soon fresh strawberries too will be into season, I brushed up the old (but nonetheless delicious) strawberry&rhubarb combo and made this crumble. Continue Reading
Our Haifa guide continues. If you missed the first part, you’ll find it here!
Where to stay
If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you know that we prefer to stay in apartments than hotels when visiting a new city because we want to blend in as much as possible with locals and their lifestyles. When trying to find an apartment in Haifa we realized that majority of them would be in very new skyscrapers that, yes had a gorgeous view, but was still far from what we wanted. Then we found Eli’s apartment. The location seemed perfect already from the map, but once there we realized what a strategic position that apartment has. Continue Reading
Our Israel trip was a perfect break from the long Finnish winter. When we left Oulu there was -20°C and in Haifa temperatures ranged from 25° to 32°C, making a 50 degrees gap, no big deal 😀
Maybe not the most obvious destination in Israel, Haifa turned out to be perfect for us for many reasons.
- It wasn’t too hot, at least at this time of the year.
- It wasn’t too crowded or too big.
- It was a perfect starting point and home base to visit the Galilee region.
- Its multiculturality made us feel at ease from the beginning.
So here comes our tips for a perfect stay in Haifa! Continue Reading
We never really were people who would participate on guided tours. We usually prefer to explore destinations on our own, go a little bit off the grid so to speak and go with our own pace. However, when we decided to have our first trip in the Middle East in Israel, (and actually our first trip together outside Europe,) we wanted to play it a bit safer. That’s why we took this tour organized by Tourist Israel to tour the historical site of Masada, the beautiful natural reserve of Ein Gedi and the geographically lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Here’s what we thought about it! Continue Reading
If you follow @duefiliderba in Instagram, you’ve realized the blog as accomplished a pretty big thing. 2018 is turning out to be an exciting year as I have started a long term collaboration with Smeg Nordic! For the whole year, I’ll be creating recipes and other contents for them and I want to write a few lines to thank you. Yes you, my dear readers and followers, thank you! If it weren’t for you, my passion couldn’t have become my dream job, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for following the blog and making my recipes! Continue Reading
There are places one can visit, admire, photograph and then move on with one’s life. Then there are other places that are not meant to be visited, they are meant to be lived. Pompeii is one of the latter.
Being an Italian and having lived in Italy for most of my life, I’ve seen many archaeological sites. In Italy, as you can imagine, they’re just all over the place. Even in the small town where I grew up, that has something like 700 inhabitants, we have an arc from the Roman Era, a Medieval church from the Medieval time and a cemetery from the Napoleonic time. And I can assure you that my hometown is as common as any small town in Italy.
One might think that after so much archeology under my eyes on daily basis, nothing could impress me. The reason why we went to Pompeii is mainly because Klaus wanted so much to go, both for the history of the place and the fact that Pink Floyd had a concert in the Pompeii’s amphitheater. Continue Reading
If you follow @duefiliderba on Instagram, you might have noticed we took a three weeks trip in Italy. We first went to my hometown to see friends, then had a three-day-trip to Venice with a couple of friends and headed just the two of us to south for a week, more precisely to Naples. This was my third time in Naples, even though I never actually stopped and visited the city, since we would just take the ferry from there to go to Ischia, a beautiful island next to Capri. Klaus wanted to go to Naples mainly for two reasons: pizza and Pompeii. And boy, we really enjoyed both to the full. Continue Reading
I created this cake earlier this year and made it several times since then, but thought to share it with you now because this little jewel can really brighten up these gloomy autumn evenings!
This cake reminds me somehow of Finland, not only for its colors, but also for its ingredients and its taste.
I love how balanced this cake is. At the same time, it succeeds to be both fresh and full of flavor, but still not heavy. Continue Reading
Snowy mornings definitely demand for some comfort breakfast, and to me there’s nothing more comforting than these chestnut crêpes that remind me of my homeplace, in Northern Italy, where autumn is all about castagnata, that is picking chestnuts in the woods and roasting them with friend gathered around a fire. Cannot do that here in Finland since there are no chestnut trees, but the same friends with whom I would do a castagnata with are kind enough to send some chestnut goodies all the way up here proving that, after all, distance is just a matter of perspectives. Continue Reading
In collaboration with Adlibris.
In the first part of this mini guide we saw how to identify your travel destination, how to search for flights (and save!) and why it is important to be flexible when it comes from which airport to fly. Let’s continue then, shall we?
BE OPEN TO USE OTHER TRANSPORTATION THAN FLIGHTS
Starting with the premise that you are not in a hurry, making part of the journey by other means of transportation than airplane can help you save money. Continuing our December trip example, by deciding to fly from Tallinn, we also agreed on taking a train or bus from where we live to Helsinki and then a 2 hour ferry from there to Tallinn. Also in Italy we’re going to move from one place to another by train.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how we feel about traveling by train (if you don’t, take a look at this post for example). The reasons are many: it gives the opportunity to see landscapes one would have otherwise missed, it makes the trip as a whole more enriching and allows to be in contact with local and get acquainted with the culture. So, if you just have the time, consider making part of the trip by train or bus and I assure you you’ll come home with a far more unforgettable experience.