Every country has its staple food, a cheap and available carbohydrate to feed the masses. Rice in China, potato in Ireland and in Italy that staple is wheat flour. It is the basis of so much Italian cuisine with pizza, bread and pasta a part of most Italian meals. This has always made traveling Italia with a food loving, gluten free eating wife an enormous challenge.
City Square versus Suburban Disconnect
I recently took this photo while in Italy for one month. It is 7.30pm in Cagliari but it could be in any Italian city or town. Around this time local residents all come out and share the public space in their immediate area. From babies to the aged they gather in the square to eat, drink and play.
Keep it Real Using Hyperfocal Distance
For me street photography can be broadly categorised as two types. One is when the photographer engages with the people in the scene.
Like many holiday romances it started with a moment of lust. Strolling home after another night of one too many Aperol spritz I looked into the kitchen and had a moment. Eye to eye with piles of fresh lobster filling the window to the kitchen of Lapola Restaurant in the Marina district of the Sardinian capital of Cagliari. Names were exchanged and a date was made for the following night.
When looking for new travel experiences not yet in anyone else’s guide book you just have to walk and when the time comes, stop. For me that happens when I am hungry, when something really stands out or
I was prepared for a few things that could kill me when I departed on my maiden flight to South America. A car jacking or shooting by a drug cartel or maybe piranha or anaconda attack. But it was during my flight as I was enjoying the novelty of in flight live TV that I found out I had a new danger. As I killed time watching BBC world news it was reported that the World Health Organisation had listed red meat as a cancer causing killer. It was with a death wish that I hit the streets of Buenos Aires to live on the edge in this beef crazy town.
Northern Italy has some of the best food and the best scenery on the planet so when visiting Lake Como I thought why not combine the two and do our very own degustation cruise. I chose the shortest and the cheapest public ferry route out of Como. For around 9 euro you can take the one hour round trip and get on and off as you please.
During our stay in Perpignan, France we were told by a local to take the one euro bus to the seaside town of Collioure. Any day trip that costs one euro will do on a year long expedition so we headed for the bus with no idea what the town was like and no expectations. It was a slow winding road through some pretty uninteresting towns before we set our eyes on the jewel that is Collioure.
There is no shortage of choice when it comes to dining out in the city of Girona. Like its famous big brother Barcelona, Girona prides itself on the produce and food history that the Catalan soil provides. The sprawling brutish Barcelona serves it to you no questions asked but like most pretty little sisters Girona is coy and won’t give up her best easily.
Episode 5 of “Food People” is out now. Take a trip to Ronda, Spain to meet Guillermo Jacob Lorenzo and let him show you the old the new and the plain loco of Spanish tapas.
Granada Rocks! Whether you are a dreadlocked juggler with two dogs by your side or a sophisticated fine diner there is something here for you.
When dining out in Spain don’t expect to take a seat at one restaurant and stay there. The towns and cities of Andalusia in the country’s south are all wall to wall with food experiences so stopping at one place just won’t cut it. Like the bulls that this area is famous for its people also graze long and slow.
Colourful culture, magnificent landscapes, ancient cities; Morocco has something for everyone with a love of photography. From the heart of the Medina to the edge of the Sahara here are my top five photography destinations in Morroco.
Ranson Media is pleased to share the latest episode of “Food People”. This time we step into the live of Elbachry Sabria cook in a traditional Marrakech Riad. She takes us to the fresh market to shop for ingredients then shares her secret recipe for Chicken Couscous.
There are a lot of things to love about London, the great metropolis of the United Kingdom. When you are done with the night life, the fine dining, the landmarks and the theatre or like me when your bank balance of rapidly deflating Australian dollars is disappearing it is time to head to Cornwall where the best things in life are free. Just three to four hours drive from the capital you can sample the six things I love about Cornwall.
From the moment I set foot on Silba, a small island of Croatia, I felt like I was back at home and on Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth. It is free of cars and covered in a canopy of pines pruned to form a verandah over small concrete walking streets. Every path is filled with families that seem all to be walking either to or from the beach. No one is in a hurry and everyone has a relaxed smile, sun kissed skin and has forsaken their mainland fashion for bathers, with or without t-shirt with a beach towel to accessorise the ensemble.
The old walled city of Split is full of character and charm. Narrow walking streets wind between centuries old stone buildings and the base of each building is usually the home to a cafe or restaurant.
Episode 3 of “Food People” is now online. Come with us with local identity Dinko Petric in Hvar, Croatia. Enjoy the ride back to his roots in a small village and learn more about the simplicity of Dalmatian cuisine.
Budva is a beautiful tourist town on the coast of Montenegro. As you walk the coastal strip filled with restaurants and tour hawkers you won’t understand much of the passing conversation as this area is mostly popular with Russian and Italian travellers. When it comes to the rest of the world Montenegro hides in the shadow of Croatia
Ranson Media is proud to present episode two of “Food People”
Let young and passionate chef Nikola Markotanovic show you the Montenegro coast and share some seafood secrets from this beautiful part of the world.
It was at a neighbours dinner party that we met the happy couple. One from Singapore one from France both new to Perth and short on friends in their newly adopted city. My wife and I hit it off with them immediately due to our mutual love of good food, good wine and travel. Over two years we met a bunch of times for indulgent dinners usually ending with Ken and I sharing whiskey while our partners drifted off to sleep.
I am usually one to avoid the tourist traps as we travel. Preferring the real street life of a town without the chaos and competition for the dollar that tourism brings. When in Athens, Greece however viewing the ancient Acropolis at close quarters is worth the bumping of shoulders and selfie background avoidance.
We set off on a cool day in Lyon to meet with renowned Michelin star chef Pierre Orsi to show him the result of our film tour from a few days earlier. The weather had changed for the worse and so our plans changed.
When arriving in Limassol, the sunny port city on the south coast of Cyprus, you could be excused for thinking that nobody in this town eats.