An itty-bitty Venice guide

Posted on May 1, 2008 by Aun

I know I promised to write about the amazing tonkotsu ramen I had in Fukuoka, and I will get to that within the next few posts, but I thought It would be fun to share something that I had created for a friend with all of you.

A really good buddy of mine told me a couple months ago that she and her husband’s family were going to be heading to Italy this Spring for an extended vacation. One of their stops was going to be Venice, which long-time readers will know is one of my all-time favourite cities in the world (seriously, top 5). She asked me to email her a list of recommendations. More specifically, she asked me, if I only had a couple days, which restaurants would I visit?

The answers, to me, were pretty clear. Emailing her a simple list would be easy. But I wanted to create something that she and her husband could slip into their pockets and carry with them as they travelled through La Serenissima. So, late one night, while watching TV, I spent a couple of hours fiddling away on Adobe InDesign and cobbled together an itty-bitty — well, technically it’s A7 — dining guide to Venice.

The guide should be printed on a sheet of A4 paper. You’ll need to print on both sides of the same sheet; there are instructions on how to feed the paper into your printer so that the alignment is correct. There are also some instructions on how to fold the paper up so that the guide reads properly.

Anyway, I’ve uploaded the guide to my server. You can download it here at I had fun putting this together. And I was really stoked that my friend liked it. I hope you guys do to.

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Kitt May 1, 2008 at 1:37 am

    How clever and useful! That was a lot of work. You’re a good friend.

    Saving this for a someday visit!

  2. Andloh May 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    That’s so cool. It is a real gem. If your time permits, clone one for your recent trip to Hokkaido, pl.

  3. tai May 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm


    Would you have similar recommendations for the rest of Europe, say Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Bern, Amsterdam and Paris?


  4. Alex May 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    what luck! i’m heading to venice this week! thanks for sharing!

  5. Rosemarie May 2, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Great pocket guide! Corte Sconta was one the highlights of my trip to Venice last year. They also have great artisanal beers. The original Bellini’s at Harry’s Bar is also to die for, though the one on the island of Giudecca is EUR4 cheaper! : )

  6. suzie May 2, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Wow~~~ Fab!!
    Mind me asking, do you have any recommendation for Rome?

  7. Kirstin May 4, 2008 at 2:37 am

    This is perfect. Maybe a new venture for you? I’d be willing to go in on a pocket guide to Florence!

  8. Mei May 5, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Nice ! It reminds me of the fantastic pull out city guides at Wallpaper. You really should do more of these.

  9. lotsofcravings May 5, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    you should really start doing this for the rest of the world, country by country! now if only i have money to go to venice..

  10. Chubby Hubby May 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks guys. I am thinking of putting my Vienna and Paris info into this format. Maybe I’ll get around to Singapore as well soon. I’ll see what I can do.

  11. A E May 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Ooooh, please do one for the yummy Jap cities like Hokkaido, Tokyo & Kyoto!! =)

  12. ES May 27, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Please, you MUST create a New York info sheet!

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