Chefs
Food & wine

Love, laugh and bake with Silvia Colloca

As I write this, the smell of raspberry swirl cake is wafting through the room, filling the house with a scent that is sweet, fruity, vanilla, and just plain heavenly. It’s everything you want to smell coming from your oven, and the anticipation is building.

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Hayley J. Egan

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2/12/2018

Lifestyle
Profiles

An Italian Nonna out of the box: Anna Maria, the oldest living fisherwoman in Italy

She looks like any other 80-year-old Italian woman. Her body is weathered but lithe. Her hair is cut into a smart bob. She sits at a café with her arms folded, gazing into the distance. In another image, she is at the stove, her great grandson playing at her feet.

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Hayley J. Egan

on

3/12/2018

Music
Art & culture

Mario Biondi: the Italian baritone’s first Australian tour

Italian soul and jazz sensation Mario Biondi is on his way to perform in Australia for the first time, and apparently, he couldn’t be happier.

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Hayley J. Egan

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2/12/2018

Travel
Lifestyle

The ethical traveler

For Australians concerned about their carbon footprint, a trip to Italy presents a few problems. The international flight alone is problematic in terms of environmental impact, so by the time you get there you’ve already got a debt to repay to mother earth.

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Hayley J. Egan

on

6/9/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The two apparently distant worlds inhabited by Linda Jean Bruno

Linda Jean Bruno was once told that if you want to do something well, you have to choose one thing, and stick with it. A piece of advice the actor/restaurateur has firmly rejected. She has found that combining her passion for acting and the management of her family’s restaurant Zia Teresa has been advantageous to both careers.

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Hayley J. Egan

on

6/9/2018

Business people
Profiles

Segmento meets the 'not' Italian Susan Alberti

Melbourne businesswoman and philanthropist Susan Alberti is not Italian, but she delights in being mistaken for a native speaker. ‘I feel good when I speak in Italian and they respond, and they think I’m Italian. That’s how you know you’re doing it right’, she says.

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Hayley J. Egan

on

29/6/2018

Music
Food & wine

Luca Lorusso: a jazz pianist and an old-school restaurateur in the heart of Toorak

Running a restaurant is like a performance, according to Luca Lorusso. There is a subject, a script, characters, costumes and a carefully designed scenography. There are critics. Like any production, the success (and longevity) of the production depends on the passion and dedication of its director.

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Hayley J. Egan

on

9/4/2018

Canzoni d'autore
Music

Quartiere Coffee – The sound of reggae all'Italiana

At centre stage of Italy’s reggae scene is a Tuscan group called Quartiere Coffee, its name a tribute to the coffee shops of Amsterdam, and its members united by a love of Reggae and Rastafarian culture that goes back to their school days.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

It must be so weird for them to be dragged around all the time.That was what I was thinking, as jetlagged and weary, we walked down to Ostuni’s Villa Comunale, the city’s green space, housing the only play equipment within a 20 km radius.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

OOD: THE STATUS SYMBOL OF THE HASHTAG GENERATION!WHEN FASHION OVERLAPS CULTURE My mother-in-law lives in an apartment in a small city in Apulia. Her balcony faces a piazza, where the food market is held twice a week.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

How an unintelligible bizarre culture became my constant companion I remember standing at Roma Termini with a printed bus ticket in my hand, watching a mother and daughter in skin- tight jeans and runners. They were speaking in husky voices and the sounds just washed over me.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

Witnessing history and sacredness in a former old distillery We recieved a text from Enzo at around 5pm. The ‘Pizzica Spagnola’ event is on at ExFadda at 7.

Ten years a stranger
Immigration

Stories from a decade long relationship with Italy

I gave myself an early birthday present this year: a bicycle, with a trailer for the kids, complete with jaunty red flag to keep us seen. It resolved a significant transport problem for our family. I really love riding with my children. It feels like walking around with a newborn baby, because people are constantly smiling at us as the little ones wave from their chariot.

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