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Back in 2011 when I’d just moved to Paris. I have many more freckles and wrinkles now.

In January 2011, I moved to Paris from the UK. I religiously documented my discoveries (both good and bad) on a blog known as Burnt Cream. It started out as Liberté, Egalité, Crème Brûlée – but that was just far too long… and I wanted to highlight that even something that sounds as fantastic as crème brûlée is literally just, when you understand French, “burnt cream.” I lapped up everything the city could offer with the enthusiasm of someone who has not yet been worn down by the daily grind of métro-boulot-dodo. I wrote from the perspective of an expat in France, with the local knowledge that can only come from pacing these streets until the soles of your shoes have worn thin.

For several years, I also ran a supper club from my apartment (which I nicknamed “Burnt Food” – I set my standards high!) and organised introductory and intermediate level sessions on wine tasting (“Burnt Wine.”)

In 2014, a combination of professional and personal reasons meant that it was time for me to move on and push my horizons further. I still keep “un pied à terre” in Paris, but I have less time to keep on top of the newest hotspots and openings.

At the beginning of 2017, life changed direction again and I settled in the Veneto, in northern Italy. I now live with my boyfriend – a winemaker – and my dog – who would much rather I didn’t write this blog and instead that I play ball with her!

P.S. If you want to find out what I’m doing in my professional life, please go and check out the website and the blog

Who’s Emma?


Hi! I live and work on a small winery in northern Italy but I also love to cook and eat. Welcome to the blog.

I’ve Moved

Because I no longer live in Paris, the blog has been given a complete rehaul. It's still a work in progress. Please excuse any broken links or typos.

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Not a bad place for a #wine conference. 😉
#maremma #tuscany #toscana #igerstoscana #italy #sunshine #Gelato flavour of the week: "Spagnola." It's an #icecream with a custard-cream base (i.e. milk, cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla) and is then topped with pieces of #amarena cherries. A rich, sweet treat for children, adults and passing curly-haired English gluttons too!
N.B. With Montecchio's church in the background. #italy #veneto #doasthelocalsdo

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