23: Food Food Food Part 2

in memoriam part two

Siena:  Pizzeria Trofea. Porcini and Sausage. Best pizza ever. I have so many pictures of various slices of this pizza that I ate over the course of five weeks. By the end of the trip the pizzeria lady started to give me the biggest slice/the slice with the most porcinis. It was the only three euro pizza at the two fifty place but it was so worth it. 
Cinque Terre: Pretzelly super salty bread and all I never need in my sandwiches is salami.

Roma: Super thin mushroom and sausage pizza. I think there was supposed to be olives on this one but I couldn't find any.

Roma: The only filling salad we could find in Italy. Avocado, salmon and rocket.

Firenze: Salmon and cream cheese bagels from the Deluxe Cafe. I was in love with their bagels
Train: Prosciutto cotto, pecorino and paprika pringles. (I love chip sandwiches).

Siena: Seafood cous cous. 

Siena: Tagliatelle with truffles. THis and the cheese filled gnocchi were my favourite. I originally ordered it just because the English translation on the menu simply called it "noodles to the hypocrite" and I thought that was funny (plus it had truffles) and I stand by ordering it because it was delicious, but my waiter was much nicer to my eating companion who ordered Sienese pici. 

Viena: We didn't have time to go on a gondola so I bought a pizza gondola and it was delicious. 

Venice: Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms. I'm easy. I have favourites.

Verona: Porcini mushroom pizza.
Siena: Wurstel! "Nev, why would you order that at the pizza place?"  "WURSTEL!"
Roma: Ravioli with cherry tomatos.

Siena: Last meal at the I Maestri. Seafood Spaghetti.
And finally, rest in peace Jeff Conaway, because he already got left out of the Emmys' in memoriam and that can't happen twice. 


22: Food, Food, Food, Food, Food!

Recently I have lost the will to eat. After eating nothing but pasta and pizza for five weeks straight, I have been informed that it would be to my advantage if I cut dairy and gluten out of diet (and went to a chiropractor several times a week to have my back violated - I"m sure the chiropractor community refers to this as "adjusting my spine" but as a person who hates to be touched/hates that popping sound, I cannot agree). 

It's difficult. It's so so difficult. I have spent so much of my life eating gluten. I love sandwiches. I love hamburgers. Hell, I love aht.seriouseats.com. I can't get enough. I was going to write about Kevin Williamson vs. Darren Star and instead I'm going to do a photo-dump of the delicious food I ate in Italy. 

in memoriam of the food i will no longer eat. part one 

Siena: I Maestri Lunch. Eggplant Parmigiana
Siena: Typical Breakfast on the way to class

Siena: This is the kind baby face that let me know I had successfully ordered Naturale water > Frizzante.
Firenze: Calzone
Siena: Antipasto at Civette Contrada Dinner
Firenze: Deluxe Cafe cream cheese bagel. I have no idea why it was so good, but it so was.
Firenze: Beef Carpaccio + Rocket Salad
Siena: My first Italian breakfast: salami, pecorino and eggplant.
Rome: Best gnocchi ever. Cheese filled and covered in truffles and olive oil.
Siena: My first pizza. Eggplant. Delicious. I was so excited by how good it was I accidentally threw half a slice at a wall.
Cinque Terre: Bacon&Egg on Toast
Firenze: This was a different experience for me, thicker pizza with airpockety crush. The moral of this photo is to be nice to Italians and they will reward you with free pizza lunch.
Siena: Fish pizza. I could taste it for the rest of the day.
Firenze: Monte Cristo like breakfast sandwich. Good, but I forgot that I can't handle the heaviness of Monte Cristos

Siena: Osteria Nonna Gina's' secret sauce without nuts! Except it did have nuts and you might have a situation where you have to run and get an epi pen and then run and call an ambulance. Dinner and an adventure all in one!
Siena: Pizza Trofea! Best $2.50 pizza ever! I don't know why this combination was everywhere because I always just ate the hotdog bits first and then the pizza ever.
Siena: I am the worst sweets eater. I will only eat gelato limone. Any other flavour and I will be a sticky complaining mess.
Milan: Artichoke, mushroom, olive pizza. I'm not a fan of olive pizza that I can't bite into, but hey olives = good.
Rome: Parpadelle with wild boar sauce. 
Siena: I Maestri. Pici with ragu. Pici is like thicker spaghetti and it's Siena's top shit. 
Volterra: Margherita Pizza, perfect post Torture Museum nausea.

Cinque Terre: Pizza Diavola
To be honest, the best thing about the pizza diavola was the atmosphere (and it was delicious, what am I saying?). We were sitting on the rocks drinking red wine and watching daredevil Americans jump off cliffs.

And this would be it in the daytime.

Totally beautiful.

It was all pretty amazing. I'm going to do a part two very shortly. I just didn't want to go too crazy with the  photo dump. 



21: I'm Back!!!

I had the worst internet in Italy. It was pretty decent at three in the morning, but I had to wake up for class at eight so that wasn't the best of times. 

I didn't eat that much gelato, but my favourite pictures are always of food or me eating food. I loved Italy. I never expected to love it as much as I did. I never expected to start liking pasta (I know, I know. Who was I?). But I do and I did and I'm happy to be home, and yet it's weird to not have to walk up seven hills to get anywhere. 

To be completely honest, I'm not one of those people who wants to pack up and move. I love to travel, but I love Toronto. The first weekend home involved greasy pad thai, $50 shoes that I could only find in Milan for 90 Euros, hugging my dog and drinking big-ass margaritas. I like it here. I think I'll stay. 

Three things that I have to continue doing in Toronto to make me as happy as I was in Siena:

1. Walk > Subway
2. Try new things on menus. Sometimes I just picked whatever had the funniest name.
3. Dance Dance Dance Dance!