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Antica Osteria – Lucca, Tuscany

On our recent trip to Tuscany, we headed back to where is quickly becoming one of our favourite places to spend time – Lucca. It was a gloriously sunny day and we were hungry…

After wondering through the town and enjoying perusing the windows of the stunning shops, we stumbled across a little courtyard filled with perfectly set tables and fairy-lights in the trees. A promising start for an al fresco dining experience. We quickly had a glance at the menu and all agreed this would be our spot for a special lunch. This was the Antica Osteria, the restaurant at the 5-star Hotel Noblesse, in Lucca’s city centre. Continue reading

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On our last trip to Italy, we discovered the beautiful little town of Lari, Tuscany. It is a hill-top town, reached by windy roads (most entertainingly traveled to by Vespa).

Lari is home to the makers of Martelli Pasta – arguably the yummiest pasta out there! And you know I love my pasta. I will be sure to dedicate a whole post to the beauty of this pasta soon.

We head to Lari out of season in October, one Sunday, for lunch. We’d never been to eat there before so wasn’t quite sure what was on offer. We stumbled into the first restaurant in town, which unfortunately was full of Italian families enjoying their Sunday lunches (note to self: phone ahead next time!), so we carried on walking and pledged to come back and try that place another time.Continue reading

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Dorset Apple Cake Recipe with Travelodge Foodies

I love cake! But baking, I’ve never been so good at. Recently Travelodge asked me, as part of their Travelodge Foodies campaign, to cook some regional cuisine from Bournemouth.

I scoured the internet for dishes native to Bournemouth and one of the things that came up was the Dorset Apple Cake. Cake. Decision made.

Like I said, I’m not very good at baking, but the recipe seemed pretty simple and wouldn’t take long to throw together, so I figured I was onto a winner. And I was!Continue reading

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