Wed March 28, 2018
What is Wrong with Our Cordon Bleu?!
Chris is a good sport. I am no Michelin-rated chef. But I do try to cook good food for us. I bought a bunch of things at the grocery store the other day. For dinner one night, I planned an easy meal: Ready-Made Chicken Cordon Bleu. I was going to heat it up and add some sautéed vegetables. Easy!
Everything was ready to go and we sat down to enjoy our dinner. Chris took a bite first and then I did. After my second bite I said to Chris, "This doesn't taste right. Something is wrong with
Tue March 06, 2018
Restaurant Hours in Italy
Our first time in Italy was in November 2017. We arrived at 5pm on a weeknight after a long day of travel from Austria. We dropped off our suitcases at our Airbnb and headed out with James the Poodle in search of dinner. We were excited about having a nice early dinner and avoiding the crowds. We were in for a BIG surprise: restaurants in Italy don’t open until 7pm or 7:30pm! It is crazy! We did not expect this at all.
It turns out that in Italy, there is a schedule for food and drinks.
Mon February 19, 2018
Marzipan in Milano
We were walking down Corso Venezia when I happened to look into a pasticceria and I saw the most incredible display of marzipan! I continued walking but after a few moments I said to Chris, “We have to go back!” And oh my goodness was that the right decision!
Pasticceria Fratelli Freni had so many sweets but the marzipan is what definitely stood out to me. Even James was checking out the display:
Look at these! Pears, mushrooms, figs and watermelon slices - all marzipan:
Tue January 30, 2018
Giant Figs from the Naschmarkt
Vienna, Austria has this big market called the Naschmarkt. It has some small shops but for the most part it is all outdoor vendors selling fruits, vegetables, spices, sweets, tea, fish, meat and more! It is always fun to walk through the Naschmarkt and when I spotted these giant figs I knew I had to have a few of them. I love fresh figs! We had a fig tree in Orlando that grew from a piece of fig tree we dug up in Lake Talquin, Florida. That tree grew so big in Orlando and we always looked forward
Wed January 03, 2018
Eggnog in Austria
Since it is the holidays, I tend to crave eggnog. I usually don't need much - just a few sips or a small glass satisfies my craving. And when I say eggnog, I am talking about the kind you get from Publix or Safeway in a cardboard milk carton. It doesn't have any alcohol added (yet).
I decided to look for eggnog at Spar (our grocery store here in Vienna) the other day. I knew it would be "Eier"-something. Since Eier is eggs in German. But I couldn't find it. Finally, I found a kind with