Tag Archives: living like locals

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can’t. Don’t believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year...
Weekend Oats: Savouring Porridge in Scotland

Weekend Oats: Savouring Porridge in Scotland

There’s no dish that reminds me more of my childhood than porridge. This humble and much-maligned breakfast of oats, soaked and cooked in milk or water, was a winter favourite for my family growing up in Australia. While we had no ties to Scotland, where...
The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

This post continues from the last post about Local Produce here. When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas as to what I should make in Edinburgh for my series The Dish, about the quintessential dishes of the places we visit, Scottish chef Gary Robinson...
Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

We must admit that we were pretty spoilt for good local produce to cook on our stay-at-home nights in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. When we checked into our elegant apartment the owner told us there were a few speciality food shops worth visiting in our neighbourhood, as...
Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

We’ve resisted using mainstream guidebooks on our grand tour this year, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice. However, wherever possible we’ve sought out local guidebooks written by residents of the places we’ve visited. In Venice, we used the illustrated My Local Guide...
Price Check: an Edinburgh Shopping List

Price Check: an Edinburgh Shopping List

When we arrived at our ‘home away from home’ in Edinburgh, we soon found there were enough supplies in the fridge and in the cupboards to delay our usual initial shopping trip until our second day in Stockbridge. The next day, as we wandered around...
Our Street: Oderberger Straße, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

Our Street: Oderberger Straße, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

As you can see from our Berlin stories, they’re very much centred on our neighbourhood, Prenzlauer Berg, and are probably much more locally-focused than any other series of posts we’ve written on other destinations we’ve visited for Grantourismo this year. Boasting streets bursting with vintage...
A Bar Hop in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

A Bar Hop in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

After stumbling around in the snow on our first night in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, we soon realized that there is a bewildering number of inviting bars in the neighbourhood. While we tried to sample as many as we could, we decided to cut to the...
Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

Price Check: a Berlin Shopping List

It’s always a bit of a shock to the wallet going to Western Europe after spending time in Central or Eastern Europe, where the prices are significantly lower. Berliners swear their city is cheaper to live in than other European capitals, but while rents, utilities...
How to Make Pierogi – the Secrets to Dumpling Success

How to Make Pierogi – the Secrets to Dumpling Success

The rustic, hearty food of Poland is a big part of the appeal of places like Kraków and Zakopane for us, and for me, eating the food is also something of a nostalgia trip, due to my Russian heritage. At my grandparents’ legendary Sunday lunches,...
Vodka and Pickles

Vodka and Pickles

‘Firewater’ was what my family called my Russian grandfather’s homemade vodka. It burnt as it slid down the throat, which is why the best way to drink the stuff was to throw back the whole shot glass rather than sip it. I learnt this from...