Thursday, December 12, 2013
As you may remember I wrote all about the best porchetta I’d ever had recently. And I still stand by that. But that’s not to say that there is not other good porchetta out there. One place we stop during road trips is located in Ariccia. Ariccia is a gorgeous little town, located along the road to get to and from Sperlonga. So it always seems to make sense to pull over in the main square, for a quick porchetta break.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The newest trend in Rome these days is American style restaurants. And by American style I mean not only the design of the places, but also the menu.
What this means, of course, is that hamburgers are all the rage these days in Rome. In fact, there must be a new law that says that unless you have at least three kinds of hamburger on your menu, then you can’t open.
This is actually ok with me because I figure that the more places that start doing hamburgers, the better they will get, right?
Monday, December 9, 2013
Buying cheese is a dangerous thing. Because if I buy cheese, and bring it into the house, then I eat the cheese. All of it. Fast.
This is particularly dangerous when I buy good cheese. I’m not talking about a hunk of parmigiano, which even I realize that I shouldn’t really be snacking on all day long. But when, for some reason, there is a soft and runny taleggio, or an especially nutty piece of oak leaf-wrapped pecorino, it’s really hard to forget it’s just sitting there in the fridge. Lonely. Calling my name.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I’ve been having some interesting conversations lately about writers using the internet to promote themselves. There is a group of people who somehow think that if you are a writer, and you’ve written a book, then it is near to blasphemous to try to hawk it yourself. And you know what’s even worse in their eyes? Promoting books written by friends.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
After we bought our porchetta at Bernabei in Marino, we of course wanted to eat it right away. The problem was, where to do it? There is a little park behind the shop, that has benches and an amazing view out over the plains below. But it was freezing, and starting to drizzle.
So we decided to take a walk through town, which pretty much consisted of walking over to the whacky and seemingly politically incorrect fountain. The fountain is actually a commemoration of the the 16th century victory of the the battle of Lepanto over the Turks. So those bound Mori you see are actually defeated Turks. And the fountain itself is in fact a replica of the original which was destroyed during the war.
Monday, December 2, 2013
The great thing about living in Rome is that there are so many easy day trips right outside the city. Rome is not like so many other urban centers, which sprawl for ages before they eventually connect with the next city. In Rome, you’re in the midst of buildings one minute, and the next your driving along a field full of sheep.
And before long you come to a small village or town. And, inevitably, each town has it’s own delicious specialty.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanks to all of you for the support and encouragement you give me every day here on the blog. I am very thankful for your company, good cheer, suggestions and friendship. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving where ever and whenever you are celebrating it.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I was up in London a few weeks ago to visit Emma. Rather than make lots of plans, including multiple restaurant reservations, I decided to let Emma take charge. She’s very easy going (unlike control freak, plan ahead Sophie who takes after me) and I figured it would be relaxing to just go with the flow.
It turned out to be not only relaxing, but delicious too.
Monday, November 25, 2013
If you are American, and reading this, then your mind is probably foccussed on all things turkey at the moment. Last year I did a round up of suggested side dishes for Thanksgiving. Nothing special, just a bunch of salads and soups that could work for you this Thursday
This year I’m thinking that the very last thing you want to be reading about the Monday before Thanksgiving is porchetta. But bear with me, because, I think, you’re going to be needing this recipe by this coming weekend.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Did you know that Brazilian sushi was a thing? Well, I didn’t. And even if I did, I certainly didn’t expect to run into it in Rome.
As it turns out the biggest population of Japanese living outside of Japan happen to be in Brazil. The first Japanese arrived in 1900, in search of fortune. This picked up after WWII, when many Japanese families looking to emigrate from war ravaged Japan, landed in Brazil after the borders of North America were closed to them. Today, after about a century, over a million and a half people of Japanese descent live in Brazil.
In recent years as Sushi seems to have conquered the world, it’s natural that a kind of Brazilian flavored sushi would happen.