Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bright couch...

Seeing this couch on Design Sponge...

is making me obsess over this couch from Urban Outfitters {it's in my shopping cart waiting for me to pull the trigger}.



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our Honeymoon: last night in Rome...

On our last night in Rome my family cooked us a delicious feast. Thinking about it makes my mouth water.

 We started off with dry martinis... my first one ever. 


Then we had pasta {I probably gained 10 lbs. from eating pasta every. single. day.}

Then Marina made homemade calamari.

I have to say I usually don't like calamari...but this I had to go back to for seconds and thirds {possibly fourths}

Then we had shrimp.

 Followed by salad.

{Then I went into a partial food coma and forgot to take pictures of dessert...we had chocolate and drank grappa.}

 After dinner we played a game. They brought in a tray of items and what I could say correctly in Italian I could keep. There was a handmade wallet, a huge chunk of fresh parmigiano, Italian playing cards, a handmade necklace and a key with a note attached. I struggled with a lot of the words but they let me keep all the items anyway. The note attached to the key said "Our home is your home." I was a basket case after that...tearing up at the mere thought of saying goodbye. The only thing that made it better was knowing we would return one day VERY soon...after all, I threw that coin in the Trevi Fountain and that makes it a guarantee.

Up next... Barcelona. xo

Monday, June 27, 2011

Our Honeymoon: An evening in Roma...

Upon returning from our weekend in Anzio we spent a relaxing day lounging around the house not doing much of anything. Then the sun went down and we decided to hop in the car and drive to the Trastevere for dinner. All the street lights in Rome are sodium vapor which gives everything a gorgeous glow. There's nothing like good lighting and the Italians do it well.

 The Capital was dark, which was unusual and a bit eerie.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Our Honeymoon: Weekend by the sea...

After spending many days exploring villages and downtown Rome, my family took us to their seaside house in Anzio which is about 35 miles south of Rome. We ate lots of good food and relaxed, it was perfect.

It felt like we had the ocean to ourselves {except for that one guy lying in the sand}.

More pasta, of course.

After lunch Ian wrote our names in the sand.



Always love the little cars.

 Fountains like this are called "nasone" in Italian. I'm learning gradually.

Yummy pizza....again.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our Honeymoon: Roma, Part II...

You can't be in Rome without spending a day downtown so that is exactly what we did...

A peak at the Capital.

The whole Capital.


The always crowded Spanish Steps.

Posing with the Carabinieri.

The Pantheon.

A little pick me up from Sant Eustachio. They use water from an ancient Roman aqueduct!

Taking a little break on a make shift chair.

Marco had the same idea.

We then headed over to the Trevi Fountain so I could throw a coin in. I wholeheartedly believe that if you through a coin in it will ensure your return to Rome.

Here is the first time I threw a coin in two years ago...




and most recently...


 
After our day in Rome we went out for pizza with the whole family.
 



A delicious calzone.


The grandfather was quite a character.


It was beautiful to see how many laughs, hugs and kisses were exchanged saying ciao.



Saturday, June 4, 2011

Our Honeymoon: Roma, Part I...

Wow, have I missed this little blog! We returned from our honeymoon two weeks ago and had lots of stuff to sort out. I guess that's what happens when you're gone for 6 weeks. We also had to get situated back in our apartment which we sublet while we were away. It's been a bit of a challenge to get back into everyday life and come down from the excitement of going new places with no work to do. I'm gradually getting back into the swing of things and can't wait to share our adventures with you all!

Our honeymoon adventure began in Rome, Italy...one of my favorite places in the world. The first time we went to Rome two years ago we did all the touristy stuff. We visited the Colosseum, the Forum, the Spanish Steps, etc. This time we were meeting my Italian family for the first time. True Romans. They asked us what we wanted to do and we said we wanted to experience the true Italian lifestyle. With nothing else said they planned our whole holiday and took the whole week off work to be with us. To say it was spectacular would be an understatement.
Ah, the elusive Fiat 500. If I could drive any car in Rome it would be this one.

My family - Marco, Marina & me at Monte Mario

This is a mountain side village called Calcata. Lots of artistic hippy types reside here.






































Parco di Veio - the road pictured is an original Roman road!
More of Parco di Veio


For dinner we had pasta...as the first course.


Yes, please!
Before dinner Marina taught me how to make authentic tiramisu.
Then she sweetly wrote our names on top.

Here is the recipe she shared with me. I jotted the recipe down from memory right after I made it... which is rather obvious. But I promise it will turn out well. So delish!!!


Homemade Roman Tiramisu

Ingredients:
  • 4 Eggs (yolks divided from whites)
  • Container of mascarpone cheese (I don't remember how much exactly but whatever the container of mascarpone comes in is the right amount)
  • 2 bags of hard lady fingers (1 bag may be enough depending on how big your dish is...we had to use about 1/2 of the second bag)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • espresso (make enough to dip all your lady fingers in)
  • chocolate powder to dust on after (preferably Italian chocolate like Perugina Cacao)
Separate the egg yolks from the whites in two medium sized bowls. Add the sugar to the egg yolks, blend until creamy. Set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add the mascarpone to the egg yolk mixture, stir together with a spatula. Fold in egg whites (only the fluffy part). Lightly dip lady fingers in espresso and layer vertically in the bottom of your dish. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top. Then add another layer of espresso dipped lady fingers horizontally and add the remaining mascarpone. Refrigerate for no less than two hours. Once cold, before serving dust the chocolate powder on top generously.

Enjoy!!

Will post more of Rome shortly!

xoxo

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