I’m Alice and I write this blog with Dom.
I’m living in Venice now, but I grew up in the mean borderlands of Norfolk and Suffolk, namely Bungay – a town The Guardian once described as having “fallen down the back of the sofa”. I’ve also lived in London, Northamptonshire and, during most of my long university summers, in various spots around Italy and Spain. I’m into writing, Italian soft cheeses, pasta, coffee, moaning about bad coffee, Nigel Slater, Desert Island Disks and dogs.
I started this blog eight years ago at the age of 17, before embarking on my first Italian au pairing trip. To The Table has grown a lot since then, and changed. Now I write it alongside Dom – my partner, my wine enabler, and my fellow adventurer. He’s from Cheshire and we met – in true London fashion – at Gordon’s Wine Bar, where he told me he was a northern contrarian, closet romantic and knitted tie enthusiast. All of those things turned out to be true. But he also loves books, wine, Marmite on toast, dinner party conversation (read as: polite argument), and being good at Trivial Pursuit. He’s also one of the best cooks I know.
In 2016 we left London for Northamptonshire, partly because Dom was offered a job, and partly because it meant I could afford to study for a masters in the Anthropology of Food. But then one day in January 2017, while driving through rainy Kettering, we decided that we would quite like to move somewhere else. So I finished up my dissertation, Dom left his job, and we both became full-time freelance copywriters. Now we’re living in Venice.
To The Table is about our life here, told largely through recipes. We want to share what it’s like to live, eat and travel in Venice as transitory, winter residents. There’ll be stories from the table, but also advice on making the most of your visit to this mesmerising city.
We hope you’ll stay awhile.