In collaboration with Cotswold Hipster.
We just came back from a wonderful winter break in Portugal. We mainly stayed in the Alentejo region, but also traveled, both north and south. The weather there was great! We were lucky to have 90% of the time amazing sunny weather and the temperatures were around 17-22°C, which for us that are not used to hot climate was just what we needed.
With us we took Cotswold Hipster’s Malmesbury Waxed Canvas and Leather Backpack to field test it. It came with a padded camera protection insert, which made this backpack a perfect travel-camera combo. Continue Reading
As you might know, Lonely Planet nominates every year the Best in Travel, that is the best travel destinations for the following year. They are divided in four categories: Top Countries, Top Cities, Top Regions and Best Value. Well, the Best Region of 2019 is going to be Piedmont. Continue Reading
Tomorrow is World Pasta Day! As an Italian living abroad, pasta has an important meaning for me. Every time I need some comfort food, that’s the day I would make pasta for lunch. If I happen to have a free day, in the top list of activities there is making homemade pasta. Pasta is such an intrinsic part of Italian food culture that is impossible to leave it out of the equation. Continue Reading
One of the things I love the most about Finland and Nordic countries is every man’s right, that is the right everyone possesses to roam and forage in the wilderness. I speak more in details about it in this article , but rest asssured that we use this opportunity to the full. There are so many goods that can be collected from the forest almost all year round, with spring and autumn as the peak seasons. In this blog’s section “Finnish nature presents us” you can already read many articles about it, and my plan is to expand the list next year. One of the plants we love to collect is nettle. Continue Reading
At the end of June we visited Latvia. In Riga there’s an amazing Market Place from where one can find so many goods. We were told to buy honey from there, as they sell it unprocessed and in huge 5 kilos jars at a very reasonable price. One thing I was not expecting to find and definitely the best souvenir I bought from there was raw honeycomb. Here in Finland I’ve never seen it anywhere, but now that I think about it, it is quite a rare find in Italy too. Continue Reading
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