Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+00:00By |

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 our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of …

Orecchiette con Sugo al Pomodoro Recipe

2015-08-20T11:05:32+00:00By |

In our trullo in Alberobello in Puglia in southern Italy, our host Maria teaches us how to make orecchiette con sugo al pomodoro in our rustic kitchen with ingredients she has grown herself. A few days ago we wrote about the simplicity of Italian cuisine. We had eaten at a couple of trattorias in Teulada on the island of Sardinia, and …

In Praise of the Local Pizzeria and Trattoria

2018-05-22T13:30:46+00:00By |

You know you’re in Italy when simple food combinations taste sublime and waiters welcome you like old friends. Sadly, those two experiences are often missed by many travellers who opt for fixed priced ‘tourist menus’ and restaurants on a town's main square instead of a pizzeria and trattoria down a back alley. In Teulada, there …

Winemaking Sardinian-style at Cantina di Santadi

2017-07-24T19:19:54+00:00By |

The stunning sandy white beaches of southwest Sardinia are where most visitors to the area spend their days, but rain during our stay forced us to seek alternative things to do – like wine tasting Sardinian-style! Days of rain forced us to stay indoors during our stay at Teulada, so we did some research to …

The Feast of Saint Isidoro in Sardinia

2018-05-10T12:23:33+00:00By |

Angels are said to have ploughed the fields of Saint Isadore, the patron saint of farmers, who could apparently work miracles when it came to the land, which explains why, on May 15, catholic farmers around the world celebrate the Feast of Saint Isidore or Festa di Sant' Isidore. The Feast of Saint Isidoro in …

Teulada Take-Homes: Sardinian Specialties

2017-07-24T19:20:39+00:00By |

Teulada is a tiny village and, apart from a small display of Sardinian specialties packaged for tourists in the communal market, its smattering of shops cater mainly for locals. The weekly market is on Monday morning, when a small area by the river is taken over with stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and …

Spaghetti con Vongole e Bottarga Recipe

2017-12-06T17:24:04+00:00By |

This spaghetti con vongole e bottarga recipe was taught to me by locals in Teulada, Sardinia. I then made it for them a couple of nights later for a dinner party — and they liked it! When we checked into our casa in Teulada, Sardinia, our host Antonio showed us around the charming apartment. In addition …

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

2018-05-10T15:24:52+00:00By |

With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to …

Our Home Away From Home in Teulada, Sardinia

2018-05-09T15:01:10+00:00By |

A colourful casa boasting an olive tree and a blue fishing boat in the cobblestone courtyard is our current home away from home in Teulada, in the southwest of the Italian island of Sardinia. One of three atmospheric apartments in a traditional house called Casa Teulada, our latest home is one of the most delightful …