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Gluten free house concert – Musica senza glutine

Gluten free house concert – Musica senza glutine

By on Jun 24, 2014 in Rome, Travel journal | 0 comments

Have you ever been to a gluten free house concert? I got there a couple of times…always interesting! Last one was past week end, with the Mereu-Mercuri Duo (guitar and mandolin) playing from classical to folk music. These House concerts are made in a pleasant and fashion flat in the north of Rome. In the living room, with no stage, people taking seat on the sofa or wherever they prefer. No more than 40 people, so the concert mood is nice and cosy. Another nice thing for me is, after the concert, the gluten free light buffet (’cause the music Director is a coeliac woman). Great! If you’d like to join this alternative way to listen to quality music, please have a look to the Totemtanz school of music website. Today’s soundtrack: R. Calace – Concerto in La minore Siete mai stati ad un house concert (senza glutine)? Io un paio di volte almeno…tutte interessanti! L’ultima volta la settimana scorsa, con un concerto del Duo Mereu-Mercuri (chitarra e mandolino) con musiche tra il classico e il folk. Questi concerti si tengono all’interno di un accogliente ed elegante appartamento romano, che si trova nella periferia nord della Capitale. In questo salotto senza palco, le persone possono prendere posto sul divano, su sedie o dove si preferisce. Non oltre i 40 partecipanti, per creare un ambiente accogliente e piacevole. Un altro elemento piacevole é il buffet aperitivo post-concerto, che é senza glutine (anche perché il Direttore musicale di questi eventi é celiaca). Grandi! Se avete voglia di partecipare a questo modo diverso di ascoltare musica di qualità, visitate il sito web della scuola di musica Totemtanz. La colonna sonora di oggi: R. Calace – Concerto in La...

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A perfect gluten free Sunday – Domenica a Santa Severa

A perfect gluten free Sunday – Domenica a Santa Severa

By on Jun 11, 2014 in Rome, Senza categoria, Travel journal | 0 comments

Summertime is finally coming in Italy! Last Sunday I got to the beach near Cerveteri, in the north of Rome: its name is Santa Severa, a nice place with a castle on the sea side. I went there with some friends of mine to spend a nice day on the beach. We actually arrived too late to enjoy the whole day, but we didn’t mind at all, since we just wanted to relax, eat, and relax as well 😉 First of all, we had a late lunch at the Bagno Oasi Restaurant, which was right on the seafront. As it’s not a gluten free restaurant, I had to explain my gluten free needs and I finally had a sole fish with vegetables. Then, we spent the afternoon chillin’ out on the beach. It was quite windy, but who cared… As we needed to respect the main goal of the day (relax, eat etc.), in spite of the fact that we had our lunch late in the afternoon, we also decided to have a dinner. We went to Il Casale di Montetosto, a gluten free restaurant close to the sea, on the top of the hill near Cerveteri. The place was really nice and cosy: they’re definitely aware of gluten free and coeliac needs, and my friends decided to have a gluten free pizza in spite they didn’t need it. We had gluten free pumpkin flowers’ dough as starters, and some interesting gluten free pizza as main course. I was delighted by the courtesy of our host Stefano and…the gluten free sorbetto (lemon water ice)! Which is usually forbidden for coeliac people, due to the industrial factories that make it with gluten. A nice gluten free Sunday. Guess I’ll be back soon 😉 Have a great week! Today’s soundtrack: Lou Reed – Perfect...

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How to plan 2 (gluten free) exhibitions in Rome

How to plan 2 (gluten free) exhibitions in Rome

By on May 3, 2014 in Rome, Travel journal | 0 comments

Springtime is a great season to visit Rome. If you’re planning a week end break, then you cannot lose two great exhibitions in town! The first one is Andy Warhol’s exhibition. The king of the pop art was definitely a mad guy who reached to represent the mass culture in a very different and inspiring way.  A stunning point of view. Love Warhol! After the visit, I had a lunch close to the Pantheon at Pantharei. This is a place quite nice, but please don’t expect the best lunch ever! It’s basically a tourist place, but if you need to have a quick gluten free dish, they are right in the city centre and they’re authorised by the italian coeliac association. The pasta was ok: I had a Gricia, which is almost an Amatriciana pasta with no tomatoes. Yes, I already know my friends originally from Rome will be disgusted by this explanation (differences about those kind of pasta are more complex than this), but I do beg their pardon. 🙂 The worst thing is that they are not able to do gluten free pizza nor gluten free fried stuffs, which is a shame. The dessert was ok as well (I had a tiramisu). Then, the World Press Photo exhibition.  A great surprise! It’s a strong exhibition, because the photos (winners of this annual contest) are related to major issues like violence, disasters, and more. But I do think everyone should visit it, just to have a thought about this mad, mad world. Then, if you want to have a dinner (or a lunch, depending on your plan) close to this exhibition, please have a look to my previous post: Getting lost in Trastevere. Last but not least: if you have liked this post, please help this blog to win a great opportunity! Please vote Gluten Free Travelling (Francesca Aita) by clicking here and following the easy instructions…less than 10seconds to help this blog starting new adventures all around the world. Many thanks to all of...

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How to get a ‘crunchy’ ice cream in Ostia – Un gelato croccante vicino Roma

How to get a ‘crunchy’ ice cream in Ostia – Un gelato croccante vicino Roma

By on Apr 14, 2014 in Rome, Senza categoria, Travel journal | 0 comments

One week ago I had a day off my work and I got to the sea. The nearest sea was Ostia, close to Rome. It’s not exactly the place I would recommend in order to plan your holidays, but it was a nice day away from the city. My plan was to get to the seafront, then have a walk on the beach. On the AIC App (the Italian coeliac association) I found a couple of places to taste. Apparently, they don’t have many gluten free residents. Neither tourists, since It was difficult to find a right place to have a lunch. The first place I reached was a restaurant called Zenzero, which is not right on the seafront so you need to walk toward the city centre. Unfortunately, when I reached the place I realised that instead of the restaurant there was another one, not gluten free and even closed when I got to. So I had to change my plans and I had a ice cream at lunchtime. I found the ice-cream shop called Il mare del gelato, with gluten free products and nice staff, very well aware about coeliac disease and contamination issues. I got this good ice cream with gluten free wafer as a bowl. Fantastic! I’ve never tasted a gluten free one before, and I usually avoid gluten free wafer because it never seems crunchy, and it often has a bitter taste. But it was completely different! If you’ll come here, please consider to have creme caramel flavour…really tasty! Before to get back home, I finally wait for the sunset. Which is my personal gift to you. Have a nice and ‘crunchy’ week! Today’s soundtrack: Come away with me – Norah Jones Esattamente una settimana fa, ho avuto un giorno di riposo dal mio lavoro e ho deciso di regalarmi un po’ di mare. Il mare più vicino a Roma é Ostia. Non é esattamente la località che potrei consigliare per le vacanze, ma ho trascorso una bella giornata lontano dal caos metropolitano. La mia idea era di raggiungere il lungomare, fare una passeggiata sulla spiaggia e provare un paio di posti senza glutine trovati sull’app AIC. Evidentemente ad Ostia non hanno tanti residenti...

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Getting lost in Trastevere – perdersi a Trastevere

Getting lost in Trastevere – perdersi a Trastevere

By on Mar 16, 2014 in Rome, Travel journal | 0 comments

Every borough of Rome seems a different town (or city, if you think how large they are). Each one has got its own mood, its rules, traditions and appeal. In my opinion, Trastevere is the most traditional old pop fashion in Rome. With its irregular alleys, you could getting lost even if you’re used to go to this place. But this is its own “great beauty” as well. Ogni quartiere a Roma sembra un paese a sé (o una città, considerando le dimensioni). Ognuno ha la sua atmosfera, le sue regole, le sue tradizioni e un fascino diverso. Per me, Trastevere é il più tradizionale tra i luoghi popolari e di fascino a Roma. Con i suoi vicoletti irregolari, é possibile perdersi anche si è abituati a frequentare questo posto. E questa é anche la sua “grande bellezza”. We went to Mama Eat in Trastevere, a restaurant for gluten free people as well as “gluten-friendly” people. We had some tasty starters: sauté potatoes dressed with black pepper and cheese, a savoury turnover made with pizza dough and filled with cheese, and pizza dough with tomatoes on the top. We liked it quite a lot. Then, I had a “rotolone” (pizza dough) as main dish. I got one filled with aubergine, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Heavy but good! Perfect if you want to vary from the traditional pizza…if you’re hungry!! Medium-low price, being in the city centre. Stavolta siamo stati al Mama Eat in Trastevere, un ristorante sia per persone che devono mangiare senza glutine che per gli “amici del glutine”. Abbiamo scelto alcuni antipasti saporiti: patate al salto (condite com pepe e pecorino), calzoncini ripieni di formaggio, montanare al pomodoro. Davvero gustose. A seguire, ho preso un rotolone (pasta di pizza). La scelta é ricaduta su quello ripieno di melanzana, mozzarella e pomodoro. Pesantuccio, ma…buono! Perfetto per una variazione rispetto alla solita pizza, soprattutto avendo fame! Prezzo medio-basso, per essere in pieno centro città. Today’s soundtrack: My baby just cares for me – Nina Simone La colonna sonora di oggi: My baby just cares for me – Nina...

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Gluten free Carnival

Gluten free Carnival

By on Mar 3, 2014 in Rome, Travel journal | 0 comments

Nice gluten free Carnival in Rome: from Friday to Sunday, a funny week-end spent within the local gluten free community! Un piacevole Carnevale romano: da venerdì a domenica, un divertente fine settimana trascorsa all’interno della comunità senza glutine locale! On Friday, I attended a dinner with coeliac people arranged by the pharmacy where I’m used to go shopping for gluten free food. We went to the Country pizzeria. We had fried stuffs and bruschetta (bread grilled with oil and tomatoes) as a starter. The first dish was ok. Then, I had my usual pizza (bufala mozzarella and fresh cherry tomatoes). This one was quite ok, but I felt the dough too heavy indeed for me…I can’t neither finish my pizza. Venerdì ho partecipato ad una cena con altri celiaci organizzata dalla farmacia in cui vado a far spesa di prodotti senza glutine. Siamo andati alla pizzeria Country. Come antipasti, abbiamo preso un piatto di fritti misti con bruschetta al pomodoro. Buoni. A seguire, la mia solita pizza (bufala e pachino). La pizza non é stata male, ma la pasta era troppo pesante per me…non sono neanche riuscita a terminarla. Finally, the dessert. In spite of the nice look, I didn’t like them at all. The tiramisù was not well-done, and the Catalan-cream was too sweet. Per finire, il dolce. Nonostante l’aspetto invitante, non mi sono piaciuti per niente. Il tiramisù non era fatto bene, e la crema catalana era troppo dolce. On Sunday, I went to the cake design course made by AIC, the local coeliac association (AIC Lazio). It was nice learning how to make gluten free cupcakes decorations. Yes, I know I’m not a skilled designer…but playing with the sugar dough was really funny 🙂 Domenica ho partecipato ad un corso di cake design organizzato dall’AIC, L’Associazione italiana celiachia (sezione Lazio). È stato piacevole imparare come decorare un cupcake senza glutine. Si, lo so che non sono capace come designer di dolci…ma giocare con la pasta da zucchero è stato proprio divertente 🙂 This week-end soundtrack: Stardust – Mika Colonna sonora di questo fine settimana: Stardust –...

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