The Cheesiest Blog Post I’ve Ever Written – My Parmesan Factory Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Worldwide Vacation

Behind the scenes at the parmesan factory

Behind the scenes at the parmesan factory

It seems a long time ago now, but do you remember the bad old days when our idea of Parmesan was limited to that powdery substance we’d sprinkle on spaghetti through tiny holes in the top of a cardboard container?

Little did I know then that decades later this condiment would make way for the real deal and something called a rocket and parmesan salad would become de riguer on my plate, and fresh, nutty chunks of real parmigiano regiano would become a frequent fixture in our restaurants and homes.

It was with this enthusiasm for Parmesan that I became a fixture inside one of Emilia Romagna’s Parmesan banks where I took a special Parmesan factory tour…

A 10 Second Guide To Doing It ‘Dampa Style’ In The Philipines

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, The Philippines, Worldwide Vacation

Boracay Island – where I learned to do it Dampa Styleee

Welcome to the best thing I discovered during my time in The Philippines –  doing it ‘dampa style’.

Do it once and you’ll just want to do it all over again the next night. And the next.

Be warned the pictures are just blurry iphone images because when you’re doing it dampa style you don’t normally bring a camera.

Maspalomas Memories

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Canary Islands, Europe, Gran Canaria, Worldwide Vacation


I’m not sure how or why Lipton got the gig as the official tea provider to hotels worldwide, but for a serious tea drinker like me, seeing the Yellow Label come out on holiday is always bad news.

So on a beach break to Gran Canaria where R & R was my only goal, it was bliss to be in a resort where the small touches like proper tea along with other home comforts had been anticipated – because when you’re doing very little, a moment’s discomfort or hassle of any kind can put a serious kink in your perfect day…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Balsamic Vinegar

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Worldwide Vacation

Balsamic  vinegar factory

What’s your worst culinary habit? Mine’s pouring copious amounts of balsamic vinegar over anything and everything, so I was interested to find out a bit more about the stuff I’ve been practically drinking out the bottle for most of my adult life.

But despite all my conspicuous consumption of aceto balsamico I didn’t know any of these 10 facts before I visited the Acetaia Sereni balsamic vinegar factory, just outside Modena.

The Perfect Place To Stay In Lake Louise – The Post

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Alberta, Americas, Canada, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Lake Louise Hotel -The Post

The Perfect Lake Louise Hotel -The Post

It’s not often I want to italicise the word perfect, and even less often that a globe wanderer like me wants to return to the same hotel over and over again, but after experiencing The Post, nestled in the Bow River Valley amongst the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies I’m fighting the urge to do both. If you’re looking for the perfect Lake Louise Hotel, well you’ve come to the right place.

Pasta Non-Basta – My Day At A Pasta Making Class In Bologna

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Italy, Women of the world, Worldwide Vacation

Tagliatelle in Bologna

It’s non-stop pasta here in Bologna

‘It’s marvellous this tortellini with ricotta cheese’ exclaims Daniela, whose traditional family pasta shop has been here in Bologna’s Mercato della Erbe for 70 years. It’s where she and sister Monica hand make lasagna, tortellini and tortelloni for the people of  Emilia Romagna, along with their mother Renata.

‘Is this one your favourite?’ I ask. ‘Everything here is our favourite!’ comes the reply.

Your images of Italian mammas and grandmas stirring up secret recipe Bolognese sauce handed down through the generations? It’s a reality here at Le Sfogline, and you can learn how to recreate it in your own kitchen…