All posts tagged: pizza

A Look Back at 2015

Tortilla espanola, salmorejo, crab and avocado salad from a cooking class in Sevilla with my parents. My 2015 was full of tasty travels. A scroll through my iPhone photos made me a little bit dizzy, so I’ve distilled a few snapshots here to reflect on the past year–where I’ve been (mostly Northern Italy) and what I’ve been eating (pizza, of course). Oh, Gennaro’s pizza, how I miss you. The crust, so perfectly chewy. You would think you couldn’t possibly eat the whole thing in one sitting, and then next thing you know, it’s disappeared. There were a few times when I went three times in a week…  a slippery slope for sure. School lunch doesn’t get much better than this, folks. I have to say, I didn’t have much of a liking for radicchio (among other things) before my year in Bra, but now I sure do. Some of my colleagues developed a habit of dipping the fresh bread into the daily yogurt–I thought that was a bit strange, and just twirled my pasta to my …

Roaming the Non-Tourist Version of Rome

A vegan chocolate store in Rome? You said what? Ok. I know I’ve dropped the ball big time here. It’s been almost a month since I posted anything. Yikes. Scusa. But the thing is, I have just been zooming around. Mostly meeting people from the triennale (undergraduate program) and then traveling with the dynamic duo of Urmila and Vibe. I haven’t really been in a place mentally to sit down in this particular chair in my apartment to put together my experiences, photos and ramblings in one spot. I hesitate to say, “I have been busy” because I know that would push the friends who already are sending me love/hate vibes from their skyscraper office jobs while I am in class learning what theobroma cacao is more towards the hate side. But really. I have been pushing myself almost every single day to just get out there and to go against my more introverted nature a bit. I’ve had a drink with the director of my Masters program, hosted dinner parties, eaten empanadas around an open fire at a street food night, …

It’s a Pizza Party

Photo stolen/downloaded from Francesca’s FB page. If you are a lucky soul and can read Italian, check out her blog. Amongst our class of of 24 gastronomes-to-be, we have a few bakers. Francesca is one of them and she was crazy/gracious enough to prepare enough portions of dough to go around and then invite us into her charming attic-esque apartment for some DIY pizza. I myself composed quite a delicious arugula/red onion/feta one atop some perfect multigrain crust baked with rosemary. There are no photos of that because I ate it in about 2 seconds. Is it just me or do I write a lot about pizza on this blog…? Anyways, this lovely gathering reminded me of quite a few pizza parties back home…where I will be in one week for holiday vacation. Not really sure how one month has passed already since I arrived in Bra. Last night we went indoor oven style, but I definitely soaked up my fair share of vitamin D outside at school while waiting for the bus. In fact, I pretty much sat and stared …

A Thousand Words

Don’t worry, that’s not the length of this post. You don’t have to read that much. Actually if you prefer, you can just stare longingly at these paper-thin slices of speck. And then beg me to tell you where I got it. Or just keep reading. Today I partook in a 6-hour class entitled “Photography and Visual Literacy.” As “homework,” we were all tasked with bringing in one photograph that was somehow related to food and meant something to us in some way. Sound open-ended enough? I sat down last night and proceeded to cruise through the 3,000+ images on my iPhone camera roll (I really need to do something about that…). I am quite often accused of being an overly zealous food photo taker. I was once asked, “Do you eat everything that you photograph?” by a friend in Argentina. The answer is no. I would die. Anyways, I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled to look for just one (one!) photo that spoke a thousand words to me. And then I found it: my speck/butternut squash/arugula dream of a …