All posts tagged: Rome for a day

Food: Dinner Tonight – Beans and Toasted Italian Bread

In Rome, I’ve observed, that most tourists normally opt for pasta or pizza while seated at curbside at any restaurant, aiming for a quick bite in between touring the amazing ancient city. And this is often the case for my travel partner, but not me. I scan the menu for Canoli beans (Fagoli) hopeful it is offered by the restaurant.  And if so, I order the simple dish prepared with olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, served with a slice of toasted Italian bread and enjoy every bite. So guess what I am craving for dinner tonight –  beans not poured over the bread, but rather served with on the side. INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 lb. sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed 5 garlic cloves, 3 thinly sliced, 2 finely grated ½ tsp. dried oregano ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes 3 tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more 1 5-oz. package baby spinach, coarsely chopped  {or in my case, cilantro} 2 15.5-oz. cans white beans, …

day 2 – travel journal – day trip to roma, italy

There is no way for me to travel through Italy without stopping in Rome, even if it’s just for a day. So, while plotting out this year’s trip abroad, I decided to make Firenze (Florence) my base and take day trips via TrainItalia to Rome, Venice, Pisa and hopefully Verona (will see how that goes). We took an early morning train (7:00 a.m .to be precise ) from Firenze S.M.N. station and arrived in Roma Termini within 2 hours. Upon our arrival we wasted no time taking our walking tour of the city.  The point to remember is that, the suggested independent walking tour  is not recommended for a first time visit to Rome, it’s just intended for people like me who have been to Rome  a dozen times but just can’t get enough 🙂 So, in our case, we started the walking tour with: The entire trip took us twelve hours on foot, with an hour break for lunch and one hour rest break at the Spanish Steps. The train ride back to Florence …