Dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano

Heading for dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano we passed through the avenue of cypresses which leads directly to the Temple of San Biagio. The stylish restaurant La Grotta (the cave) is opposite this sixteenth century masterpiece. If you are looking for a Tuscan dining experience this romantic and elegant restaurant is balance between traditional foods…

A dinner and stay at The King’s Head, Hursley

I have discovered the perfect way to escape to the Hampshire countryside. The King’s Head, Hursley offers traditional British comfort, a warm welcome (whatever the weather), home-cooked food by an award winning chef all nestled within a gorgeous historic village just south of Winchester. We relished the opportunity for a getaway to the Hampshire downs to…

Medieval hill town of Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. There are pretty towns dotted all around the rolling hills but the hill town of Montepulciano is less crowded than many of it’s rivals despite the filming of the vampire saga Twilight sequel New Moon here…

Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Float

This Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Float makes a perfect celebration cocktail. It’s embarrassingly easy but utterly delicious and looks super special and fun. Make this rather girly cocktail when bridesmaids get together, when your daughter turns 18 or 21, when you celebrate an engagement, or Valentine’s. It’s such a celebratory drink with the bubbles exploding round…

Banana crumpets with cream cheese, pistachios and rice syrup

These banana crumpets with cream cheese are dressed in pistachios, seeds and lashings of brown rice syrup. They are quick and easy to make and you could eat them for breakfast, lunch or even as a snack! It makes a great change from avocado on toast! Crumpets for breakfast makes a lot of sense. They…