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World premier of The Food Police - Rick Steves Eposide, airing June 11th.

With all the news stories coming out of the Eternal City recently claiming tourist are being ripped off by 54 British Pounds ($84) gelato or 72 euros ($95) for Tiramisu and coffee, the Food Police Special Unit has been on high alert, issuing warnings in an effort to prevent food crime before it happens.

Recent reports have been pouring into the Food Police Headquarters that the famous travel guide writer and award-winning television host, Rick Steves, has been misadvising tourists in Rome to order Fettuccini Alfredo, pack instant coffee from home, and even suggested to one man he put parmesan on spaghetti with clams!  The detectives from the Food Police Special Unit are on the case and prepared to bring down even the untouchable Rick Steves in order to keep the world safe from bad cuisine.

Find out what happens when The Giuge, P-Doodle and Viols confront Rick in an attempt to thwart his diabolical plan as they pit good against evil in the newest edition of The Food Police IV: The Rick Steves Episode.


We love to travel and make creative and entertaining videos designed to inspire travelers to embrace new cultures by arming them with smart tips and great advice.  Americans Steve Brenner and wife Linda Martinez run The Beehive Hotel in Rome and a booking service in Europe called Cross-Pollinate while raising three awesome girl detectives.  Toni DeBella is a travel writer and blogger at Orvieto or Bust.  Together they’ve joined forces to help make the world safe from bad cuisine.

"Just knowing that these three are out there makes me feel safer. I encourage all the police forces of the world to train similar special units and keep our streets (and plates) clean." Anthony Bourdain
"I have been witness to many crimes against food, horrors that I would not wish others to see. I have high hopes for the future of high cuisine knowing that these three detectives are defending it." Jacques Pépin
About Cross-Pollinate

Cross-Pollinate Travel - Company Profile

Cross-Pollinate is an online accommodation agency of quality controlled bed & breakfasts, guesthouses, and private apartments (both vacation rental properties and homes rented by owners occasionally). We currently operate in 8 European cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, London, Lisbon and Istanbul.  

We are American expats who own and operate a small, eco-friendly hotel in Rome, Italy.  As European travel experts, we set out to know the cities we operate in, know the properties we list, and know their owners. We are there to offer advice on where to stay help make the whole booking process, and any subsequent help you may need, absolutely painless.  We communicate on your behalf with the owners and everything on our site is a personal recommendation.

Our Story

It begins in 1999 when--as a newly married couple--we flew by the seat of our pants to Rome and opened a hostel/hotel called "The Beehive". It was a risky endeavor, done without even a shoestring (we had a Swiss army knife and a handful of credit cards though). The first night we had 5 guests and have been full since.

Riding this wave of success, in 2002 we began one of the first online accommodation agencies in Rome that specialized in non-hotels: private spare rooms and apartments, B&Bs, and anything else we could recommend to the many guests we couldn't accommodate at The Beehive. With a small, dedicated staff, our agency has grown organically - by reputation and word of mouth - to include other European cities that we know and love.


Our Travel Philosophy

When we travel we want to experience the uniqueness of a place, even if that means straying from our comfort zone. We seek out private homes, B&Bs, and self-catering apartments owned and run by both locals and expats that represent what life is really like in that city. We find that this results in a richer and more authentic experience of the way others live, and helps us understand ourselves, and the world, better.

We believe in “Old School Service”: getting help by a human being, right away when you need it, and having the first name of someone you can hold accountable.  

To accomplish this, we follow the principles of The Slow Web Movement.