Every girl’s dream is not to find the perfect guy but to eat without getting fat…. :)

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It’s true isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway let me start by saying this post is NOT about photography. This is a collection of what we indulged on our Italy trip and it’s safe to say I forget photography when I see these kinds of meals in front of me. 😉 Pretty much all these were taken from my dear iphone as it takes too much time to take the camera out and set this and that. So here goes. Like I said it’s not pretty photography but it was surely tasty food.

Some of the BEST food I tasted were home cooked and I’d take that any day over any fancy restaurant meal. Ok so let’s start.bruschetta

This tomato & basil bruschetta was homemade and it was one of the tastiest things I have eaten. So fresh and so simple and we cleaned up two plates between three girls. Off to a good start.

So listen to this…. They bring in the pasta. Oh so good. I serve myself a generous bowl and it’s so good I go for seconds. After that I am so full and content I relax and sip my wine thinking that’s the end of the meal. No! no! no! then comes the second course of salads and other side dishes. Wait a minute, what? Yeah take your pick from baked fish and potatoes, baked eggplant, baked cauliflower, green salads and the list goes on. Apparently they do it the other way around. Mains first. Who knew? I am so full on pasta yet I cannot just not eat these amazing foods in front of me, so I eat. At the end I don’t even have room to breathe!!pasta

Here we have home made fettucini with mushrooms and black truffle! (I have never had truffle before, so I felt a bit posh)pasta

An amazing Pasta Arabiatta cooked by my very talented cousin followed by baked fish & potatoes!

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This happened pretty much every day because every time I go to someone’s house and they bring in the pasta first and don’t even say or show they have other dished hidden in the kitchen, I fear I might not get enough so I stuff myself up on the first course (no complains) and then the story goes on. Oh not to forget the desserts and coffee.

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IMG_0708IMG_0665So in Italy there is normal coffee and then there is Naples coffee. Normal coffee is espresso (of course) and in Naples there is a speciality where they make it with a shot of espresso, then frothed milk/cream/sugar on top with a sprinkle of coco. And the froth is cold so there is so much contrast going in that tiny cup and it’s quite tasty.Napolitan pizza

Lets not forget about pizza. We had so much pizza from square pizzas by weight at the street side pizzeria to pizza shop at a shopping mall to the famous ‘original’ pizza from Naples. In Naples they are very proud & passionate about their pizza, and it’s pretty good. Very fresh and simple and especially the base is the best ever BUT I did get bored after a while.

So the winner is…… I Corsari. We drove about an hour from Rome to get to this place hidden in a quiet town overlooking the city and it is supposed to be award winning.massive

massiveAward winning for sure. This was no ordinary pizza. It was MASSIVE! See the photo with half my cousin in it, to show you the scale. It not only is massive it also comes in four choice of toppings. So it’s like four pizzas in one. And is undoubtedly the BEST pizza I have tasted anywhere in the world! Of course it has to be shared as I thought no one can OR should eat one by oneself but two of my friends did, with no problems. (Oh boy!)

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This is a chocolate shot. A what? It is a cup made with dark chocolate, filled with your choice of liqueur, topped with whipped cream & chocolate shavings and dusted with coco and all gulped down in one mouthful! Fun! 🙂

And last not least, gelato. We had so much gelato through out but I am embarrassed to say I have no pictures of actual gelato. What can I say? I was too busy eating them to take pictures. I however do have a picture of the best gelataria in Rome. There are long lines to get to this place during daytime, so we being the smart people we are, waited till past midnight & had the best gelato overlooking the Vatican City walls after an amazing night stroll on a nice cold roman night.

Oh how I love the Italian lifestyle. I’d surely be fat but I would still do it every day. 🙂IMG_0615

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Rome: where the heart grew fonder…. (part 2)

Day two of living the dream in Rome.  We started off at Piazza Del Popolo and from there you see few streets branching out and we started walking through Via Del Corso, THE shopping street. Yes there is a reason why I chose this street other than to satisfy the shopaholic in me. 🙂 It leads to the amazing Piazza Venezia. This however was not on my list of must see’s so I wasn’t sure what I was going to get.  Let’s just say I was really glad I went there.

Within Piazza Venezia is the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) The monument holds the ‘tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ (Ignoto Militi) and is a magnificent piece of architecture. The white marble details are unbelievable and the structure itself is evident enough to see the respect given to the tomb and the relevant exhibits inside.

It was a lucky day for us as we found out we can go to the roof top of the monument. And lucky we were. It had amazing views of the Foro Romano or Roman Forum leading all the way to the most awaited site in Rome for me, the Colosseum.  It didn’t disappoint. It was everything I have seen in pictures and it was everything I have imagined it to be. I have finally seen the Colosseum and I was happy! Who can ask for more? I think I have seen everything I wanted, so we just sat on a ledge near the Colosseum and admired the beautiful architecture and people passing by and called it a day.

So now just from my truly amazing experience in Rome let me write a list of MUST see’s.  These won’t take you more than two days if you have a tight schedule like I did and you can walk to most places if you stay in the city centre. If not take a bus or metro to one of the places and start walking from there. Won’t cost you much. 🙂 Also make sure you get a nice big map, won’t be a proper tourist without a map! 😉

  1. St. Peter’s square and St. Peter’s basilica
  2. The Colosseum
  3. The Pantheon
  4. Piazza Navona
  5. Fontana di Trevi
  6. Castel sant’angelo
  7. Piazza di spagna
  8. Piazza venezia
  9. Foro Romano
  10. Via del Corso
  11. Vatican Museum – This we didn’t get to see as we missed a day due to bad weather. So if you have three good days, this should definitely be on your list.

Now here are some must do’s

  1. Eat gelato every day. You are going to be spoilt for choice so go crazy! And try the Old bridge gelataria near Vatican City as they have the BEST gelato in town. Trust me. 🙂
  2. Drink espresso from bars like the locals do. Over the counter. No sitting down.
  3. Walk slowly as much as you can. You experience a great deal that way.
  4. Keep smiling. You are in Rome. 🙂

My love affair with Italy begins…

I cannot wipe the smile off my face and I kept pinching myself as we drove around the beautiful city of Rome in the night, where the streets are calm and the ancient buildings stood ever so majestically. For those of you who don’t know, this has been my dream journey. The one I planned so many times, the one I postponed so many times, the one I never had the money. But I am here, I am finally here and I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

First thing first, we stopped for true Italian style espresso at the locals’ favorite bar, Il Pappagallo, where I honestly had the best coffee I have ever had. This was topped off with a visit to almost magical and very romantic ‘Gianicolo‘ and ‘piazza Garibaldi‘ where you have amazing views of the city center and I didn’t want to leave.

No my dream doesn’t end there. Then we drive in to St.Peter’s square, and I think my heart skipped a beat. It was almost deserted and St.Peters Basilica stood in front of us like nothing I have ever seen. I took a deep breath. The architecture, the atmosphere, the smell of coffee in the air and gelateria’s open past midnight was the perfect end to the beginning of an amazing journey!

And so my love affair with Italy begins….

p.s – please bare with me as I am going to be posting a LOT about Italy in the coming weeks. 🙂