I tre merli

I was having lunch with close friends in Genoa at the restaurant called I Tre Merli when I thought how much I wished I can blog again.

I have not have not stopped cooking nor discovering the joys of food, in fact I do cook daily for a crew of 4, myself, a Ukrainian stew, a Turkish deckhand and an Israel man (sorry he calls himself a Palestine he was born in the Palestine state before it became Israel).

Thing is I have no internet connection. We do at the boat which I use for work connecting to a UK GSM for 1 euro an hour. Oh goes the joy of blogging and surfing.

For how long I can cope with this? I wonder.

I am currently based in La Spezia, Italy just about 100 klms out of Genoa near to Pisa.
The yacht is dry docked out of the water and there is nothing much to do at the yard.
Either I will soon talk to the cranes or the walls…. but hey I do spend hours of travel on weekends to go back to Antibes to keep my sanity and smell the French shops which I miss so much.

Today of course lunch was with a chef and 3 other foodies whom I met few years ago on I just started boating. Over the years our taste buds have evolved to almost a level food snob oh oh….

Not really we are just lucky to have worked for rich people and understand their lifesytles, basically slaving serving food and wine to them.

I tre merli means 3 black birds, I have encountered this restaurant with the Swiss Cheese many years ago when we were constantly based in Genoa.
Simply elegant food using the fresh¡est ingredients and with a good selection of wine.

I will not dwell what we had but a memorable dessert that really stayed to my taste bud and memory.

I admit after all the years of eating at different Italian ports I really had given up on panacotta.

But the description of tea based… saffron just made me order it.
We all shared it tasted… admired the flavour and all of us drifted to our own foodie world while we savour the taste.

I hope chef Margo will soon send me a copy of the photo so I can post it here.
At the moment…. I do miss my blog.
I miss the writing, the creativity, the interaction.

I still cook daily and my ex captain wrote me a letter of referee hard for me to describe when he wrote about me cooking for the crew and for the owners guests.

Will be back really soon.


  1. charles November 11, 2006 at 7:10 pm #

    Oh I envy you ate since you manage to experience those nice things in connection with your work. Lovely!

  2. relly November 11, 2006 at 8:29 pm #

    Come to blog soon!

  3. toni November 13, 2006 at 2:58 am #

    and we miss you!

  4. Mayet November 16, 2006 at 2:08 pm #

    Miss na your travel stories, you could have called me to meet up in La Spezia i don’t know if you still have my number in Florence.

  5. Gustad Mody November 16, 2006 at 6:36 pm #


  6. farmgirl November 16, 2006 at 7:52 pm #

    Thinking of you and missing your posts–and your sweet and funny comments on my blog. (I still LOL when I think about the time you said you miss big dogs and all the dogs in Paris look like rats!) At least it sounds like you are eating well! Take care of yourself, say hello to the ocean for me, and know that we’ll be here when you get back. : )

  7. ces November 16, 2006 at 10:25 pm #

    oh we miss you so much sha! and your lovely posts!!!!panacotta with saffron! sounds delish!

  8. cheH November 26, 2006 at 1:04 am #

    We been missing you here inday sha!

  9. stef December 1, 2006 at 2:39 am #

    missing your blogging, sha. that pannacotta sure sounds intriguing. maybe something to experiment on when you’re ready? tapos pa-share ng recipe ha?

  10. Al Bjørnstad December 2, 2006 at 10:05 pm #

    Hei Sha, miss ko na ang chats natin! and of course, your writing too…

  11. Shalimar December 12, 2006 at 1:08 am #

    soon I hope I found a solution to my connectivity

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