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28 January 2017

Cannoli Nachos


When I was asked to make a recipe for Cannoli Nachos for She Knows, I was torn. My husband is Sicilian and cannoli are considered as part of their culture very seriously. Of course that means that they have to remain as they are, like how they had been enjoyed for the past centuries. Deconstructing and reinterpreting them into nachos is something unheard of and instantly made him nervous. I told him that the ingredients and flavors will remain the same, just the presentation would change. I shooed him out of the kitchen and I started to work.

24 January 2017

The Sicilian Oranges of Azienda Agricola Santi Rindone in Rome, Italy


After a visit to the capital a couple of years ago and trying out the spremuta or freshly-squeezed orange juice in a bar, Giacomo Rindone was dismayed at the quality of the oranges used. Being accustomed to oranges with superior standard, he decided to take his oranges to Rome himself. He bought a van, gave it a brand, acquired an itinerant vendor license, loaded the van and parted for the capital. Now on his second year in Rome, the demand for his oranges picked up in volumes. The van was not enough so he needed to get a stall at the Mercato Irnerio in Via Aurelia.

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23 January 2017

Il Maritozzo Rosso in Rome, Italy


As any Roman would say, you can't possibly not love the maritozzo! Maritozzo is a cream-filled sweet bread bun that's typical in Rome. It's an icon of the Roman gastronomy and if it has been around for centuries, then it will remain in the city for centuries and centuries more. But Edoardo Fraioli has other ideas. Perchè limitarsi a mangiarlo solo dolce? (Why limit yourself in eating it just sweet?) In starting something a bit different without taking away the concept of the traditional sweet bread, he grabbed the salt instead and ditched the sugar and cream.

20 January 2017

I Sofà Bar Restaurant and Roof Terrace in Rome, Italy


The chairs are comfortable alright. As the name states, I Sofà Bar Restaurant and Roof Terrace (the sofas), you imagine a room full of comfortable cushioned seats with back and arms. Along with good food, wine and company, now that can be the right place for a pleasant dining experience on where to enjoy what the Eternal City has to offer. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of centrally-located Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George, a five-star boutique hotel in a quiet road parallel to Lungotevere (boulevard along the Tiber River). In summer, the rooftop seating is open for dining al fresco with a panoramic view of the city.

17 January 2017

Leftover Turkey Pinwheel Sandwiches


When we cook a whole turkey (or chicken), we always end up having leftovers and the big question that we deal with is how do we recreate dishes with them. Of course if you are in the US, this always happens to you like every other American home after Thanksgiving. We are way off the holiday now but this recipe is very useful to keep because it's simple and very easy to make. It works perfectly as an appetizer or snack for the kids.

12 January 2017

Cantina Todini in Todi (Umbria), Italy


As we veered off the main road, another path in the countryside led us to the entrance of Cantina Todini (Todini Winery) on the left side. The place is tranquil with a picturesque front area. External garden chairs and tables are scattered in an orderly fashion and they overlook a vast landscape of Umbria. There are patches of land,  luscious trees and rows of vineyards like soldiers. It took my breath away.

06 January 2017

Paccheri with Artichokes, Shrimp and Pancetta


I love artichokes. So much. I never had them until seventeen years ago when I moved to Italy and I still remember the first time I tried them after  my mother-in-law cooked and laid them on the table. She sautèed them in garlic, lemon and white wine and I thought they were the most delicious vegetable I have ever had. Until now. It was such a delicious opening to a big world of genuine Italian cuisine, and I realized how different the interpretation is outside the country. My only knowledge of pasta before can be counted with the fingers of one hand. Instead, Italian cuisine can be from traditional to innovative with one some important characteristics to keep in mind. Simple, healthy and using quality ingredients.

Ottoburg Restaurant in Innsbruck, Austria


Ottoburg Restaurant is a 360-degree Austrian experience, from outside the building until you walk through the rooms and sit down to eat. Being housed in one of the city's oldest buildings, all the guidebooks would most likely lead you there. It is indeed a destination to get to know Innsbruck inside and out. The building is as beautiful as it has always been in its 900 years of history. It stands proudly at the beginning of the Old Town at Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, where the street opens up to more historical buildings built around the 14th-century, including the famous Golden Roof of Innsbruck. 

01 January 2017

Sitzwohl Restaurant in Innsbruck, Austria


When you are planning a trip to Innsbruck and you are looking for a place to eat, it's imperative to go to Sitzwohl Restaurant because it is one of the best and one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Recently attaining 2 toques and 15 points at the Gault Millau's 2016 edition, Irmgard Sitzwohl and Elisabeth Geisler, the two outstanding female chefs who run the kitchen take the diners for a delicious gastronomic spin by putting together local delicacies with Mediterranean characteristics. Being robust and rich, Austrian cuisine is reinvented in their kitchen with simplicity and delicate touches of aromas and flavors.