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An evening of wellness and fun Italian style

Dear friends,

I have the pleasure to invite you to Villa Romantica to meet Bruce Harper, an Osteopath with 27 years experience

Bruce will present and demonstrate the Osteopathic-based active resistance stretching.

Where: Villa Romantica, 277 Glenvar Rd, Torbay
When: Wednesday 6th May
Time: 6.30 pm 

My daughter, Giulia Delmonte from Ceres Organics will treat us with a special wild green smoothie and healthy snack.

A donation for the Autism Society NZ would be appreciated

Kindest regards,


RSVP or 021 2139111

Fresh Pasta Making for Summer Celebrations

The festive season is fast approaching and Villa Romantica is a hive of cooking activities!

We have the pleasure of hosting Pietro Fabiano a talented young Italian chef who has worked in many prestigious restaurants of the Lago Maggiore area.

While he is settling down and waiting to start his new career in New Zealand, Pietro is experimenting Italian dishes using NZ ingredients… and we are his lucky guinea pigs.

Join us on Saturday 6 December to prepare and enjoy a banquet of fresh pasta dishes to impress your family and friends this summer. I’m going to be showing you lots of fresh pasta recipes this next year and I hope you will cook right along with me.

Fresh homemade pasta is truly a fun thing to make and has so many creative possibilities, plus you can make it at a moment’s notice – who doesn’t have eggs and flour in their kitchen?

I’ve posted about making fresh pasta before, but I wanted to do an update and include a video to show you just how easy it is. I know when people can see something being made they are more likely to try it. So the video within this post may inspire you to make the leap!

There is no one correct recipe for fresh pasta. In Italy, different regions have different ways of making it. Some places only use eggs and flour and others use only water and flour. Some cooks add a little salt and olive oil, some do not. You will have to experiment and decide what pasta recipe you like.

How do I like to make mine? I basically make my pasta the way they do in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy – with just fresh eggs and flour.

Book your next fresh pasta class with me –

Ciao for now!



My idea of holiday is the fulfillment of all the senses. A mix of relax and adventure immersed in the rhythm and culture of the place. Bali encompasses all. But I must confess, my best vacation ever was in Thailand, two years ago, when we were on Koh Samui in one of the most beautiful and exclusive villas on the island!


The beach in Sanur is not very attractive and the sea is almost always agitated- and not at all clean and transparent –  but there is a hive of activity along the edge of the paved street. This is not large enough to accommodate the traffic of pedestrians, bikes and scooters, but it is pleasantly sheltered by Palm trees and verandas of the beach Warung.

We like the authentic atmosphere of the early morning fresh market. Just for fun take a bemo public transport to go from Sanur centre to the market.

It’s well worth visiting the nearby temples of Tana Lot and Ulu Watu where we watched the Catch dance with the sunset in the background. Be aware this is extremely touristic!

The easiest way to visit the area around is hiring a car with a driver. I highly recommended this! We totally loved Toti, a talkative Italian speaking man.

His balinese name is actually Katut which is the name given to the 4th born of the 4th casta.

Where we stayed

Sukun Bali Cottages – a slice of Balinese heaven where the fragrance of frangipani is overwhelming. In the morning and in the evening the almost bare trees are shaken and a rain of flowers covers the lawn. Gentle ladies with ever smiling faces collect the flowers as part of the offering for the shrine.

The cottages are simple but beautifully furnished in Balinese style. Everyone in the hotel is ready to help and smiling seems compulsory.

Where we ate

There is a simple family owned warung as part of Sukun Cottages that prepares fresh Balinese dishes at lunch and dinner and a simple fresh breakfast with few choices.

Our favourite morning stop is Bali Buda Organic shop where we order Jamu, a concoction that almost every Balinese drink as medicine and youth elixir. It is a blend of fresh turmeric, lime and coconut water. Every family has its own recipe and often add a secret ingredient. It has become synonymous of Balinese health experience.

Cafe Massimo, run by an AUS expat serves freshly prepared organic Balinese and western dishes.

The best and reliable taxi service is Blue Bird Taxi.


If you like shopping and eating, especially organic, this is the place for you!

The downside is that by taxi it takes 1 hour to get from the bottom to the top of the Monkey Valley Rd. It’s only one way.