EATING OUT IN FLORENCE | BRUNCH AT DITTA ARTIGIANALE.

Ditta Artigianale has two different locations in the heart of Florence. I love swinging by the one on Via Dello Sprone. It is just a short walk away from the Ponte Vecchio. Their airy courtyard is a great place to sit back and enjoy their amazing coffee.

Food is impeccable, reasonably priced, and quite generous in portion. I can’t have enough of their Avocado on whole-grain toast and smoked salmon. It is my go-to brunch treat.

DITTA ARTIGIANALE,

Via Dello Sprone 5R – Firenze, IT +39 0552741541

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EATING OUT IN FLORENCE | SCRUMPTIOUS PISTACCHIO AND RICOTTA CANNOLI FROM DON NINO.

Located on the right-hand corner of Via Ricasoli at the Piazza del Duomo Don Nino has become one of my favorite pit stops on cheat days. I can’t get enough of their scrumptious pistachio and ricotta cannoli.

Don Nino – Piazza del Duomo 10, 50122 Firenze

ITALY | CAFFÈ GIUSTI RESTAURANT IN MONTECATINI ALTO.

My husband is from a little town in Tuscany called Montecatini-Terme. Famous for its thermal waters, it is considered one of the biggest “spa towns” in Italy.

Located at the highest point of Montecatini-Terme, right on top of a hill, is a small medieval village called Montecatini Alto, which offers a panoramic vista of Montecatini-Terme. To get there, you can either drive, hike up to the village, or take the Funicular railway. The latter dates back to the end of the 1800s but is still functional and fun. Our son is a big fan of it. Read more

ITALY | ENCHANTING VINEYARD DINNER AT QUERCETO DI CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI.

It was around 2:00 a.m. in Manila and I couldn’t sleep. So, instead of prolonging my agony tossing and turning, I turned to my phone and started scrolling through my IG feed. I stumbled upon this surrealistic photo of a long table under fairy lights amidst a vineyard—things I only usually get see on Food Network Channel or the movies. After some more scrolling, following hashtag trails, I finally landed on the main feed of  Querceto di Castellina, a family-run organic winery and agriturismo  in the Chianti Classico.

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ITALY | ROSÉ AWAY IN SIENA’S PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, TUSCANY.

Siena Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena and the precise meeting point of the three hills on which Siena is built. The venue was the main gathering square for major political and social events, hence its iconic status in Tuscany.

This historically significant spot hosts the bi-annual Palio di Siena horse race. Picture James Bond in the Quantum of Solace! 

After sauntering through the cobbled alleyways of Siena, we love hanging around this exuberant Piazza to marvel at its architectural beauty. No wonder it is considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing squares in all of Europe’s renowned medieval squares. 

The perfect spot to Rosé away on warm summer days. Read more

THE AWE-INSPIRING MAJLIS RESORT IN LAMU, KENYA.

The Majlis Resort is a privately-owned luxury beach hotel on the north coast of Kenya in the Indian ocean.  Uniquely stylish and tastefully designed to reflect Lamu’s heritage tradition.

This beachfront resort is serene and peaceful making it the perfect hideout to escape the hustle and bustle of Lamu . Read more