Showing posts with label italy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label italy. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 October 2012

mosquito gate

It's a bad, bad day. Numerous bites all over my peach, face and arms which have swollen big time.

Makes me feel very sorry for myself.

Makes me want bowls of frosties in bed watching re-runs of saved by the bell.

Wish I had frosties.



Caponata


After a meet up with fellow bloggers Natalie from anamericaninrome.com and Marina from rinaz.net we tried out a local bar in the Monti quarter for some prosecco and 'Caponata'.

Ever since trying it i've been itching to try and make it. It's a traditional Sicilian dish, served best cold with some bread and is a kind of sweet and sour mix of vegetables.

I got the recipe from 'Laura in the kitchen' who ironically enough is an american with origins from Naples.

The main base is 'Melanzane' (eggplant, aubergine) which in the preperation you have to add tonnes of salt to  so you extract as much moisture as possible. It's a fairly easy recipe to follow, it's just the wait time of 1hr for the melanzane to bleed all it's water that can be a yawn.








making caponata, homemade

A little peeved that i didn't add enough melanzane (eggplant) and that mine doesn't look as 'red' in colour as hers but it's tasty enough!

making caponata, homemade



And Alessio eyes have popped out at the thought of some sicillian cooking happening in the house!


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Saturday nutshell


Brunch at Nino's




Nino's
Via 4 Novembre 97,
Ciampino



Cycling around Parco Appia Antica, exploring.....


Bicycle hire: 3euros an hour (you need to leave a drivers license or ID)



Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica


Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica

Parco appia antica


Parco appia antica

Took a glance at 'Le catacombe di San Callisto'....the christian catacombes which hold upto half a million graves.....


San Callisto Catacombe
Via Appia Antica, 110/126
8 euros entry with guided tour




christian catacombes rome

christian catacombes rome

Followed by a drive through the city and pizza.......then partaking in Romes 'Night of the musuems' where all the museums on 6th October were free by night! 


night of the museum rome 2012


So we visited the MAXXI museum designed by Zaha Hadid which is similar to 
the Tate Modern in London.


Maxxi
Via Guido Reni, 4 A
Roma

Entry is normally 11 euro

maxxi rome

The building is way more impressive than the Tate, but we found the exhibitions lacking somewhat (in our humble opinion). So yeh...we basically walked through deciding modern art was questionable but both appreciating the design of the building.


Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome

Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome


Maxxi Rome
Maxxi Rome

around 11pm we hot footed it over to Testaccio to check out the Macro museum which was holding it's annual photography festival. This was truly amazing. So many interesting exhibitions and live rock jazz in the background.


Piazza Orazio Giustiniani 4,
Testaccio

Entry normally 6 euro

macro testaccio


Housed in a 19th century slaughter house, this place was buzzing and not unexpectedly as every entry was free!


Testaccio reminds me of East London in so many ways, taking an area that was used for old agricultural use and making it the hip and trendy area to be. Or maybe it's just the people as they looked so 'east london'.


musak, via di monte testaccio 38/A

 A curved side street (via di monte) is home to bars and clubs galore. If you're there check out 'Musak' on the strip...a killer little club, where i literally danced for hours last week. But nothing kicks off until after midnight so grab a late dinner first.

Perfect saturday in Rome complete!





Monday, 8 October 2012

Cafe culture


If you ever find yourself in Ciampino, just before a flight or after hopping off the plane then hot foot it to 'Nino's' for some cafe and funghi arancina. Wherever i end up in the world i know that i will always miss this place......

They serve their cafe with 'pana' which is some kind of mix of cream and egg whites and the funghi arancina is literally to die for....melt in your mouth creaminess.

When you imagine sitting in a cafe in Italy, watching the world go by with a newspaper maybe....this is the kind of heaven you could experience.


Nino's,
via IV Novembre,89-95
00043, Ciampino

coffee and cream
coffee and cream
mushroom risotto balls
mushroom risotto balls



Friday, 21 September 2012

ordering a chinese in italian - an msg hangover


So sometimes even in Italy you may get a craving for something a bit different food wise.
Not that endless pastries, creamy pasta's and fresh pomodoro can't get tiresome but...........it can get tiresome. (just sometimes)

There's not a huge culture of international food here in Rome. More indian and chinese cuisine restaurants have opened in recent years so i'm told, but it's not the booming industry it is in the UK.
I'm a fussy/picky/infuriating person when it comes to ordering chinese anyway. Always desperate to try something new but always ending up ordering a time old favourite.

Chicken chow mein.

But.....how do you order that in Italian?
There's no way to google translate this kind of thing.

Take a look at the menu below and see if you can make any sense of it!




ordering chinese in italian

ordering chinese in italian

ordering chinese in italian


What a mine field eh? What would normally take 10 mins to decide and place an order, took 2 hours of google translate/image search to figure what each dish would mean. 

I mean really....when you see 'spaghetti' you think pasta right?

So go ahead and google 'spaghetti di riso con carne'

Sounds a bit like spaghetti with chilli con carne right?

So eventually after some trial an error I can now order what i want. Phew!

All the brain ache was worth it.......twas yummy trash food! (but what an MSG hangover)

FYI - 'spaghetti di riso con pollo' is chicken chow mein (you're welcome)



ordering chinese in italian


ordering chinese in italian

ordering chinese in italian


Sunday, 12 August 2012