The Piccachilly Parlour is a virtual place for bright women. The ones who choose to feed their soul and brain with good readings, big laughs, hearty food and lovely friends. I hope our inspirations will add a touch of glamour to your days.

The Editor

Michela Di Carlo, Italian food evangelist and lifestyle multimedia journalist

Michela Di Carlo

Michela Di Carlo

I’m a bilingual writer, tv presenter based in London. I love mismatched pieces, unconventional minds and contrasts. I’m a senior member of the Italian Professional Journalists Society (Ordine Nazionale Giornalisti) holding a M.A. in Communication Science from the University of Rome. I’ve been writing about food, travel and lifestyle for major Italian newspapers (La Repubblica, Il Sole 24ore, Italia Oggi), magazines (D – La Repubblica, Casa Facile, Gambero Rosso) and online media outlets ( since 2001. If you are interested in my professional self head to my website or have a taste of me here. You can also follow me on Twitter for updates.

Guest Bloggers

Lynda Higgs, Photographer, Nomad and Sometime-Writer

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Lynda Higgs

South-African by birth and married to an Englishman, I currently live in Kuwait and have previously lived in and explored a number of European locations. Being a permanent ex-pat, even when we’re back in the UK, is both a rewarding and complex way of life, especially when you have a child. One thing ex-pat life does afford us, though, is the chance to really experience the places we live in as we get to see more than the usual tourist destinations and deal with the minutiae of daily life. As a result of my experiences I’ve come to believe that if you just scratch the surface you will find something worth photographing and/or writing about. I try to learn as much as I can about the culture, people and food where ever I find myself and I always have a camera with me, even if it’s just my iPhone. Whilst living in Italy I contributed pieces to a Lifestyle website,, but it was whilst we were living in Germany that I started to focus more on my photographic work. You can follow me on Facebook or visit my website here.

Gina McAdam, marcoms guru and hospitality industry wiz, adopted Brit

Gina McAdam

Gina McAdam

I’m originally from Manila, Philippines where I started my career in advertising with Ace-Compton/Saatchi & Saatchi and J Walter Thompson. After living and working in Madrid and New York, I now reside in London where I run a successful marketing consultancy practice. I’m the Editor of Profile Leader which features the movers and shakers of the global luxury hospitality industry, and the author of “Twenty Years of Hospitality“, the book on the history of The Lanesborough hotel. I’ve been published in two anthologies of Philippine writing. I also oversee marketing for Cafe Spice Namaste, the restaurant and food company run by celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE and his wife Pervin. I hold an MA in Twentieth Century English & American Literature from Newcastle University in the UK. Follow Gina on Twitter  for updates.

Silvia Russano, a dreamer with her feet on the ground, food lover & mother of two kids

Silvia Russano

Silvia Russano

Born in Italy and studied in England, I have developed several professional activities which have enabled me to enter the world of new technologies and communication, Sales & Marketing as well as Training and Staff Management. I’m currently involved in a new life adventure: moving to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A world that is speaking Portuguese to me and that I’d like to translate into my words and feelings. If you want Silvia’s tips on travelling to Brasil head to her FB page. Fancy an accommodation in Copacabana? Click on and discover where Silvia works.

Serena Mariani, Digital strategist & project manager by day, blogger by night

Serena Mariani

Serena Mariani

I write about food on my blog Into The F World, about technology at UnexpectedlySocial, and for various online food & travel publications.
Chilli addict, pan-Asian food lover, Content Marketing trainer, I dislike diets and queuing for restaurants. My biggest achievement to date? Making Grandad into a YouTube sensation.

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