Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Photographs of Italian Food in Italy

"How was the food?" is the first question friends and family have asked me since our return from Italy. How do I even explain the food? Hmmm. It's all Italian - you're not going to find a Thai restaurant. You can eat well for cheap. There are a lot of mom + pop trattorias and enotecas. A lot of places look like the kind of hole in the wall restaurant that you typically avoid. Don't be fooled! The decor and size of a restaurant in Italy doesn't reflect the quality of their food. Something I tried to do on the trip was order things that I don't usually eat.

BEST FOOD 

Believe it or not - the best appetizer I've ever had was a Shrimp Curry Risotto at Bucco di Bacco in Capri. Holy Moly! I did not see it coming! It was sooo creamy, slightly spicy and the perfect texture. Sadly, we inhaled it and I didn't even get a photo.


BEST PIZZA

This is a hard one - because pizza gets to a point where it just can't get any better. I think I had Level 10 pizza every time I had it in Italy. The highly praised Dar Poeta in Rome really brought it. Their Potato and Rosemany pizza was wooooooow!


BEST WINE

Of course the winery we visited had the best offerings. I think we tried 10 different wines and took a bottle with us. However, the restaurant with the best wine was Ristorante da Gelsomina in Anacapri, Capri. They have a vineyard on the property and make their own organic wine on location. It was wonderful!


BEST VIEW

Hands down: Ristorante al Capri in Capri. Likely the most stunning restaurant view we have ever had! It's high in the mountain, overlooking Marina Grande.


FAVORITE CITY

While it's hard to categorize my 2nd - 7th favorite cities, my #1 is easy. Capri all the way. There's absolutely nothing like it that I can compare it to. It's a fun, chic, busy town in the mountains of an island - surrounded by the clearest, blue-green water you've ever seen! I can't wait to go back!

 
Buttery Spaghetti with pesto + tomatoes for dinner at Hotel Metropole in Bellagio

William was obsessed with Cod Fish while in Italy. Hotel Metropole, Bellagio.
Mine  |   Il Santo Bevitore in Florence, Italy
His   |   Il Santo Bevitore in Florence, Italy
A breakfast of croissants and coffee on our patio in Florence.
Insanely cheesy Gnocchi at Ristorante de La Punta in Bellagio. Stunning views!
I just now realized I tried almost every kind of pasta. Win! Ravioli, Tortellini, Gnocchi, Spaghetti, etc. It was ALL incredible. I remained Vegetarian the entire trip except for our 2 year anniversary dinner. I had a Shrimp Scampi Pasta that was pretty fantastic.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rome, Italy | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip



Stayed at: Hotel Cosmopolita
Ate at: Dar Poeta, Bir e Fud, Gusto
Visited: Cul de Sac, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coloseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain
Did: A bike tour of Roma.

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. It's basically an Italian NYC. Very big, lots of tourists, super busy and hot! Rome was probably my least favorite city we visited in Italy.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Capri, Italy | Part II | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip


One last shot at convincing you Capri is the best place in the world. We spent 2 glorious days here that felt like months. In a good way. I never wanted to leave! This post shows photographs of the Blue Grotto, Centro di Capri, our boat tour around the island, Marina Grande, Ristorante Al Capri and more. I'm minimizing the text in this post - so please comment below if you have any questions!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Capri, Italy | Part 1 | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip

Anacapri











Earlier this month, my husband and I went on a tour of Italy to find our favorite spots. We started with Capri and eventually ended in Venice 10 days later. I have SO many photos of this trip that giving a description for each one would take an eternity. If you have any questions, please comment below!

Capri, an island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale beach resorts and high-end shops selling handmade leather sandals and signature limoncello liqueur. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.

Part 1 of my Capri posts is about the other half of the island, Anacapri! We stayed in Anacapri because it's more residential, less touristy.

The view from our B&B


Friday, May 15, 2015

My Favorite Vegan + Vegetarian Food Products


If you're looking to shed some pounds, cut out the dairy or go full-on Vegan, check out my recommendations for the best Vegan/Vegetarian Food Products for sale at local grocery stores!

Cheese, Milk and Meat substitutes that pass for the real thing will save you so many calories and solve so many health problems you may have! Give these items a shot and share them with your friends. They all come in at similar or lower prices than what you're already buying.

From the Field Roast website


1. Field Roast Hamburgers, Sausages and Cheese

I can't stress enough just how good Field Roast is. They're a good price and have excellent ingredients with incredible taste. My #1 question I receive is, "What's this sausage made from if it's vegan? Tofu?" The Field Roast Italian Sausage we buy is actually made from Eggplant and Fennel! It's divine. Their hand formed burgers, varieties of sausages and Chao cheese can be found at Whole Foods. It's rumored that their Chao cheese is the best vegan cheese on the market, offering great flavoring and melting properties at a price comparable to dairy cheese.


2. Lisanatti Almond Cheese

Having never tried Chao Slices from Field Roast, Lisanatti Almond Cheese is mine and my husband's favorite veggie cheese. They also have a rice cheese, but it doesn't melt as well. We love to use this cheese in quesadillas, burgers and grilled cheese. Sold at Whole Foods.


From the Margarita's Tortilla Factory website



3. Margarita's Tortilla Factory

Oh my! These are seriously the best tortillas ever.  They get perfectly toasty, soft and stretchy when put on a hot skillet. We love to make quesadillas with these. I've tried a lot of different tortillas and they all pale in comparison. Not to mention - they're organic and non-gmo! Sold at Whole Foods.