Mondomulia London, food and travel Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:21:45 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Mondomulia 32 32 83627569 My Dream Holiday in Goa with Alila Diwa Resort Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:03:02 +0000 Goa is India’s smallest state, a former Portuguese colony situated on the country’s west coast. Goa is popular for its beaches, delicious cuisine and laid-back vibe. It is one of my dream holiday destinations (I have been twice and plan to return soon). I travelled to Goa last December and stayed at Alila Diwa Goa, a beautiful holiday resort set amidst lush paddy plantations, with Majorda beach just a few minutes away. Goa, India If you live in Europe / UK, Goa is a great holiday destination with many direct flights getting you there in just 8-9 hours. The best time to travel is from October-November until April-May, before the rainy season. The weather in early December was great: warm and sunny during the day, a little bit hot around lunch time, but cool and breezy in the evenings. You can spend one or two weeks in Goa and stay in top luxury resorts, like Alila, for reasonable prices and benefit from the high Indian standards of hospitality. Make a stop in Goa as part of a longer tour of India (you can’t miss the Taj Mahal!), perhaps at the end of your trip, as a way to relax before going […]

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Easy Banana and Medjool Date Cake Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:59:01 +0000 A few months ago – on a day when I was desperate to bake something in my kitchen just to feel that joy of creating something from scratch –  I picked up my copy of Palestine on a Plate (which I’m ashamed to say had been lying on the shelf for a long time…) and baked this fantastic Banana and Medjool Date Cake. I love both bananas and dates and use them a lot on baking. I have a very sweet tooth! I usually keep a box of dates in my fridge at all times, which I buy them on trips to Middle Eastern countries such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi. They are a lot cheaper to buy in UAE and I find that they last for months when you keep them refrigerated and in an airtight container. Medjool dates are very soft (as opposed to semi-dry or dry varieties of dates), so they work really well as a substitute for sugar in baking recipe. I often use dates in gluten-free / paleo cakes, such as this Date and Almond Bread or these Sweet Potato Brownies by Deliciously Ella. Palestine on a Plate: Memories from my mother’s kitchen is a beautiful cookbook […]

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Why I Moved to Ubud to become a Digital Nomad Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:18:09 +0000 A little over a week ago I moved to Bali, Indonesia. There are several reasons why I decided to move alone to a country I had never been before, which I am sharing in this post. I also recorded a video / vlog about my first week here: settling down in Ubud, finding a house, learning how to ride a motorbike, tasting Indonesian cuisine, going to yoga classes and joining the local co-working spaces.   Moving to Bali I moved to Bali because I wanted needed a break from my fast-paced lifestyle and from the constant distractions I have in London: press trips, events, restaurant reviews, meet ups and so on…They were taking time away from my creative work. I felt stuck in an endless cycle of doing the same things over and over without ever growing or reaping any success from my hard work. I needed a physical and mental space to think about the next steps for my personal and professional life. You can call it an exercise of self-awareness to bring the focus back on what is important and meaningful to me. To re-frame my experience. I moved to Ubud and I will be here for two […]

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Enoteca Rosso: A Wine Bar and Restaurant in Kensington Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:52:36 +0000 The latest feature by our restaurant reviewer Adrienne Fung is a review of the newly-opened Enoteca Rosso, an Italian wine bar and restaurant in Kensington, West London. Enoteca Rosso offers a selection of freshly made, seasonal pasta and gnocchi dishes, as well as rare and unusual cheeses and charcuterie, served alongside an extensive Italian-only wine lists. Enoteca Rosso, Kensington Words and photos by Adrienne Fung. The other week, I had the chance to visit the newly opened Enoteca Rosso on High Street Kensington with a friend for lunch. Having spent some time living in Italy, I’m always eager to seek out authentic Italian restaurants around the world. The thing with Italian restaurants is that there are a lot of them and most are not very authentic or good. There are numerous Italian chains from Olive Garden in the states to Bella Italia here in the UK that have, on one hand, made Italian cuisine more accessible to the public. They have, however, simultaneously diluted what real Italian food is meant to be. When I think about Italian food, there’s nothing mass-produced about it. It’s all about using the best local, seasonal ingredients combined with proper technique to make beautiful dishes […]

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