Tuesday, August 27, 2013


A beautiful church.

A colorful religious dedication.

An ornate ceiling.

A mosaic church floor.

Beautiful castle-like structures.

Ancient religious paintings.

A gorgeous seaside view.

Pretty window displays.

This week I visited another beautiful seaside town known for its beautiful churches and quaint shops.  The tourists were in full parade but I didn't let that stop me from taking in the architectural beauty and peaceful atmosphere that the area offered.  I loved everything from the amazing artwork in the churches to the cute window displays outside some of the stores.  By the end of the day I was enchanted once again by the amazing land that is Italy.



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Sunday, August 25, 2013

il cibo.

Gnocchi with pesto, garlic, and parmiggiano

Clockwise from top left:  pasta with tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese; vegetable medley of eggplant, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and onions; orecchiette with broccoli rabe and garlic

Fusilli with sundried tomatoes and garlic

Fresh bread with garlic tomato sauce, salami, and mozzarella
I love that Italy has so many types of fresh produce for me to try.  I love cooking with things that I can pick up the same day at the fruttivendolo around the corner or at the panetteria down the street.  Not only is everything so conveniently located, but it is also absolutely delicious.  I've had some of the best meals of my life in this country and I haven't even been here for that long.  I'm quite excited to taste more of the food Italy has to offer.



Friday, August 23, 2013

meaty baked ziti.

Baked ziti is one of those simple, must-know recipes that makes a great weeknight dinner.  It is so easy and so tasty at the same time.  Sounds like a win-win to me.  With this recipe, I added some Sunday sauce (recipe here) to the ziti to give it a bit more oomph.  Hope you like it!

Ingredients:  1lb ziti, Sunday sauce, extra sauce, black pepper, 2 cups of shredded cheese (I use a provelone-mozzarella mix)

-Boil ziti in a large pot and drain when it reaches al dente.
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-Put ziti in a baking dish.
-Add Sunday sauce and regular sauce if needed.
-Grind pepper on top.
-Evenly distribute cheese all over the top.
-Cook for 17 to 20 minutes.
-Let cool and enjoy!



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

city in the rocks.

This week I visited a verified city in the rocks.  It was probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  While not many people live in the lower tiers of housing any longer, it is still amazing to see that the area has held up so well after having been carved hundreds of years ago.  Also, the view from the top was completely breathtaking and something that I thought I would only see in pictures.  I love all the exploring I've been doing!



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Monday, August 19, 2013

my new favorite dessert.

Ah, affogato.  Where have you been all my life?  Affogato combines some of my favorite things into the most perfect dessert of all time.  It has both gelato and espresso, aka all I need in life.  I had this one above at a restaurant recently and loved that it was topped with chocolate-covered coffee beans and biscotti.  The best part is that it was even more delicious than it looks.



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Saturday, August 17, 2013

centro storico.


Tons and tons of pasta

Lovely olive oils

Delicious sun-dried tomatoes

A beautiful map of the area
The coolest performance space ever

Another day, another discovery.  This area, in the "centro storico" of the city I'm visiting, has so many sights to see and stores to visit.  I stopped by a beautiful cookbook store that also sold some of the most beautiful pastas and cookies I've ever seen.  They looked so yummy!  I also checked out this cool spot where concerts are held in town.  I would love to see a performance there!



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

al mare.

Yuni shirt, Lily White skirt, Tommy Hilfiger sandals

A beautiful local church
Un rustico - a local specialty filled with gooey mozzarella and tomato sauce
A light lunch of bread, pesto, tomatoes, cheese, and olive oil
A pasta dinner with tomatoes and garlic sautéed in olive oil
A beautiful sunset
Ok, so I just want to give everyone a heads up that my blog is going to focus a lot more on travel for the next few months as I explore Italy.  I will try to keep fashion as my goal, but I also want to share with you the beautiful sights and food that I discover.  I hope you like it!

Recently I went to this beautiful island town and got to walk around the area.  The water was so blue and the city was buzzing with activity.  I went to the most amazing gelateria and tried "un rustico" for the first time.  "Un rustico" is a specialty of southern Italy and kind of tastes like a croissant filled with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce.  It is officially my new favorite food, not including gelato.  There are just too many amazing things to try here!