Our new cooking channel is about Italian cooking for weight loss. We have all types of recipes that you will enjoy eating and lose weight. These recipes are simple to follow. Even if you’re not looking to lose weight these recipes are delicious and you’ll love them. Watch our Pizza videos below:
Breakfast is an important meal but Italians eat a light and sweet breakfast because they eat dinner so late. Hotels and B&Bs serve breakfasts of pastry, yogurt, meats and cheeses, rolls, and of course coffee or tea. If your hotel does not serve a free breakfast … DO NOT BUY ONE! go to the nearest bar and eat like all the other Italians. Order a coffee, espresso or cappuccino and a cornetto. Cornetti look like croissants but are softer. They come filled with cream, chocolate or jelly. Be an Italian while you are in Italy. I look forward to breakfast at a bar.
Some bars are PATISSERIES and have a huge selection of pastries and cakes. These are special experiences but can affect your waistline.
Join us in the YouTube video below as we show you the different breakfasts of Italy:
Venice is one of the most unusual and beautiful cities in the world. Imagine a city but on Trees. These trees support the city over the lagoon. Venice has many touristy sites in Piazza San Marco that should be seen at least once. After you have done the tourist thing, go to the back paths of Venice. Explore, get lost, find new areas and enjoy the real Venice. There are many bridges and many of them have steps but it is worth the effort. Discover hidden churches, bars, restaurants, islands and markets. This is where the Venetians live.
Many bars serve Cicchetti, which is a form of Spanish Tapas unique to Venice. Some bars will give you free small plates with the purchase of a drink. Others will charge a small fee. This is a way to try several Venetian dishes and discover new favorite ones. This way of eating is cheaper than in the restaurants especially around Piazza San Marco.
Come watch the YouTube video below and walk with Rory and I around the touristy and back areas of Venice. We also go to Murano to see glass blowing and the Lido to walk around and see the beach. We missed the Venice Film Fare by a week, which is held on the Lido Island.
You get to these Islands and the Train Station & Airport vis vaporetto (Water Taxis).
The cost of flying to Italy or anywhere is often your largest expense. Airfares have been on the rise and baggage and seats are costing even more on top of airfares. There are some tricks to manage these costs and we talk about them in this video.
Lets list some ideas to help manage airfares:
Use Hopper app to predict when airfares will rise and fall
Use other travel apps like TripAdvisor, Orbitz and airline apps to compare prices
If you are using miles to pay for your trip, get your ticket early (11 months prior to flight)
If you are using travel cards like Capital One Venture our cash to pay for your airfare, use techniques above to predict when to buy.
Then sit back and enjoy your trip. Watch my VLOG on airfares:
Here are 12 differences between America and Italy. They are not all the differences but some to consider on your trip. Italy is a wonderful country with great people, food, wine, museums and countryside. It is a different country with different customs and ways. These are not good or bad just different. Be aware of differences and don’t be shocked.
The YouTube video below goes through the 12 differences:
We recently went to Italy to spend a relaxing time at our condo in southern Campania. Normally we take an extra week and travel to some other area of Italy but this time we just wanted to relax at the beach and enjoy Italy. This is a story about our local area, the people and the food. It is also a story about how Hurricane Irma caused us to have the longest trip home ever.
Watch the video VLOG below and follow us through this interesting trip to the mezzogiorno:
People always ask me, “What order would you see places in Italy?” All of Italy is great! You can not make a bad decision! Everyone that has been there has an opinion. This BLOG/VLOG is mine. I would see the famous big cities first because they are important. So the order would be:
But Milan, Siena, San Gimignano, Positano, Capri … are also important places to see.
The only rules I have are:
Take your time in each place. Don’t rush and try to see all of Italy in a single trip. You will only see the inside of busses and trains.
Sit at outside bars or trattorias and observe the people (non tourists) around you. Begin to understand Italian life.
Try to communicate with locals.
After the big cities, go to small resorts and mountain towns.
Eat where the locals eat. DON’T EAT AT TOURISTY PLACES!
Stay in small Italian hotels.
Go on your own not with large tour groups. If you must use a group, keep it small.
Traveling to Italy is meant to be fun. So enjoy it! Watch our YouTube video below for more tips:
There is a lot to say about the food of Italy and its all good. Except for very touristy places, the food is fresh, well prepared and delicious. Italians love their food and so does the rest of the world. You may think you know Italian cooking because you eat in Italian restaurants in England or America or your parents were Italian but it is not the same as what is served in Italy.
Italy’s restaurants serve local fresh foods usually organic. The dishes are simple but extremely tasty. It may be a simply cooked meat or fish over a grill fire or a pasta cooked al dente with a wonderful sauce or fresh vegetables. You can eat well in any non touristy ristorante or Trattoria. These places pride themselves in the food they prepare and serve.
Come with us as we talk about the different foods around Italy. It is not just pasta and pizza. Our YouTube video below explores these wonderful foods.