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BOLOGNA–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (9)

So there was this one time I skipped a ton of school to travel. That would be my time abroad in Italy. That would be mostly this weekend when I went to class Monday and Tuesday and then decided along with my friend Amy, eh, nahhh I don’t think we’re going to go to school anymore this week, why don’t we go to Bologna? Can’t say I regret that decision at all. I had been bugging people to go to Bologna with me the entire time we’d been in Italy. We were gonna go early one Saturday morning….and then we drank too much the night before and couldn’t move the next day to go. Well…this week was different. Amy and I booked a hotel. We were going. Why did I have to force someone to come along with me? Because if you’re not really into food there isn’t a TON to see in Bologna. There are a few things: the oldest university in the world, the leaning towers, some museums and I’m sure some other …

Spring Break!–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (8)

Yes. We’re still on my posts from abroad. When will they end! Soon. (ish). So my Spring Break trip was one of the greatest weeks of being abroad. We went to Rome for 5 days, Dublin over St. Patty’s day and then to Amsterdam to end our break. As you can imagine, it was incredibly fun. Rome ended up being one of my favorite cities in Italy. It’s a perfect mix of small Italy town life  as well as being a bustling metropolis. I would move there in a heartbeat. I don’t actually think I have pictures of food from Rome, but the food was great. We got sushi which we hadn’t had in 2.5 months. I’m sure many New Yorkers would agree with me when I say that sushi is a main staple of my diet, I missed it desperately while in Florence (not that I was starving or anything!). Other than that…we ate a lot of gelato. And I ate a lotta artichoke! Mmmm carciofi soaked in oil. Yumm. A flight later we …

Switzerland–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy! (7)

So I’m not really IN Italy anymore which really makes the title of this blog a lie…but what the hey I wish I was still there anyway so I’ll go with it. Double lie because this post isn’t even about Italy it’s about an entirely different country! Good ol’ Switzerland. Gotta love the cheese, and the cow paraphernalia everywhere, and the chocolate and the hot extreme sporty men. Good times had all around. My friend Liz and I went in the beginning of February so it was still pretty cold though now I’m sure it’s great summer sporting time there too. I almost didn’t go on the trip and I am SO glad that I did. We went to Interlaken–a tiny little town in Switzerland that a lot of student travel groups take trips to. It was amazing. Other than the night sledding and 4-wheeling illegally on Swiss highways, the food also happened to be a highlight of the trip. The one tip I got before going to Switzerland: eat Rösti. What is Rösti you ask? Oh only something …

Venice Carnevale–E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (6)!

Carnevale is basically Europe’s Mardi Gras. Lots of drinking, ridiculous costumes and amazing amounts of fun. We chose to spend Carnivale in Venice, one of the major celebration cities in Italy. It was incredible. I have never seen such elaborate costumes and Venice, oh Venice. It feels like you’re walking around a movie set. Absolutely breathtaking. I loved it. We happened to eat pretty well in Venice, don’t get me wrong it’s an overpriced tourist city–well worth it though. But this post is going to be more of a mix of travel info about Venice and food because my experience in Venice was less about the food than it was just about the city itself. Drinks: While in Venice, try an Aperol Spritz. It’s made with Prosecco, Aperol Orange Liqueur and soda. They put a blood orange slice in it to made it look pretty and if you wanna get an extra buzz from this already stiff drink, eat the orange slice.   Also you’ve gotta get absinthe–real absinthe. Now it’s legal in the US …

La Dolce Vita–E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy (5)!

Ciaooo! Still here in Italia living La Dolce Vita! Haven’t been able to post much lately due to lots of traveling but rest assured that I have been photographing all my amazing meals along the way. Let’s see..the last time I posted I think was after I had been to Lucca? Since then I’ve been to Chianti, Montepulciano, Rome, Venice, Milan, Sorrento, Interlaken, Bologna, Capri, Prague, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Positano annnddd Pompeii…whew, is that it?! It’s been an amazing few months and I can’t believe I have to go home in less than a month! I am NOT ready to leave Italy or Europe in general. It’s an amazing amazing place. I feel so lucky that I have been able to travel so much of Italy and Europe while I’ve been here and of course I have my parents to thank for that! And school…for being so relaxed and letting me slack off majorly this semester haha. Anyway, here are just a select FEW of the sweets I have eaten while in Italy. Both I …

E.V.O.Oh My Gah I’m in Italy (2)!

Yesss I am still in Italia! But no this post is not on Italian food–I promise, I’ll get there. But before I got to Firenze I went to Paris to visit my friend Anjali and to have a European Reunion with lots of our friends. It was a ton of fun and I am SO happy that we got to go! I think we had a little too much fun… While we were there we ate tons of crepes, cheese and other buttery delicious Parisian food. (and some frozen pizza–or 2–at 6 am…but we don’t need to get into that). One night we went to restaurant called Le Refuge Des Fondues–more commonly known among Americans/NYUers as “the baby bottle place”. To explain: they serve wine in baby bottles. As my parents pointed out, weird, but surprisingly fun and something we just had to do. Le Refuge is on the hill on the way up to Sacre Coeur in Paris. We had been up to Sacre Coeur earlier in the trip and it’s really pretty, I …

E.V.O.Oh my gah I’m in Italy! (1)

So I actually made these Snack Mix Bars before I left to come to Firenze but I’m here! To steal Rachael Ray’s phrase (ugh never thought I’d say that) EVOOh my gahhh I’m in Italy! It is absolutely GORGEOUS here and the food is AMAZING! I think the Italian language is so beautiful and I am thrilled to be able to study it (and the cuisine) in a place like Florence! More about the food here later. For now: Snack Mix Bars. I found these on Inn Cuisine back in September, yes these have been on the “to bake” list for a while. To my surprise these are actually a no bake bar! I’m not sure why it surprised me when I actually got down to making these but yes, in fact, they are a no bake. This combined with the fact that they are addictingly delicious makes them a must make! A must make, no bake, heh. The only thing bad about these chunky bars is that you do have to let them sit …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: A Boston Brunch at Henrietta’s Table

I need to start out this post by saying that I am fasting for Yom Kippur. I haven’t eaten anything since 6:15 last night and can’t eat until 7:15 tonight. For someone like me who loves food and loves even more to constantly eat just for the sake of eating, this is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. I don’t know what is keeping me from running into the kitchen and stuffing my face with whatever is in the fridge right now. To make things worse, I am about to blog about the most delicious brunch I have ever had. Getting through this is going to be difficult… This is a statue of Henrietta, the pig. The restaurant Henrietta’s Table is named after her. I assume she’s still alive and is a beloved family pet- otherwise I think the restaurant would be called “Henrietta on the Table.” I know I have mentioned this before but there is truly nothing better than sitting down at a restaurant and being delivered a basket of steaming hot, freshly baked bread. To be …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Baked in Brooklyn

If you creep around the food blog world enough then I’m sure you have seen bloggers making recipes from Baked, a small bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I have been drooling over recipes for Sweet & Salty Cake and many other quirky creations for months now and I finally made the trek to the bakery to try it out for myself! I have been dying to go to Baked for a while but never had the time so when my friend Elise had her car in the city for a few days and needed to go pick up some things in BK I offered to keep her company, and forced her to take me to Baked. Pretty good deal.  Black Forest Bar After getting lost due to Google Maps and ending up on some strange play ground we finally found the famous bakery. With it’s bright orange door and warm looking atmosphere, Baked was calling to us on this cloudy and chilly Saturday. I needed some comfort in the form of sugar and we needed …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Los Angeles Farmer’s Market

Spending the week on the west coast has brought up many questions for me. Why don’t I live here, for example, is one of the bigger ones. Aside from the glorious weather, the obvious relaxed nature of most of its locals, and the salty smell of the air near the coast, California is a gold mine of fabulous dining. I know there are tons of posh restaurants in LA where you can spend a boatload of money and that’s all well and good considering that I love gastronomic adventures as well as the next foodie, but sometimes you just want a great farmer’s market to knock your socks off. The other day, Danny and I ventured to the farmer’s market at the Grove. The farmers market is open every day and it has been that way for 75 years. The market is not only a green market like the one in Union Square but it also offers a range of cuisines from Louisiana Gumbo to Sushi and Funnel Cakes. I’m not exaggerating when I say …