This post is dedicated to my favorite thing in the world. More than makeup, more than fashion....Food. Specifically my food experience overseas. This post is a photo montage of food through my travels in Italy, France, London, Greece and Malta. I must say that I have lost weight when I traveled because the food was as fresh as you can get. I was in the birthplace of gourmandise, for goodness sake. I spent most of my days in Rome where the panninis, pizzas, and gelato flowed from the sidewalks. Lunch time was a party of flavors; a vacation for the mouth, if you will. I will always remember my travels through the food, the stories and the people who created them.
Oh Pesto, that green delight (traditionally green) just makes me squeal with delight at the thought. Traditionally pesto is made with basil, parmesan, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and pine-nuts. It can be served on a panini, pasta, chicken, shrimp, fish, and any kind of meat. Pesto can also be added to salads (potato, egg, chicken). Pesto is also made with spinach leaves, roasted red peppers, and various vegetables and herbs. Pesto means "Pestare" in Italian which means to pound or crush with a mortar and pestle. Although I do love the physical activity and experience of using a mortar and pestle, I chose to use my Magic Bullet_. The other night, I put in Kale, parmesan, garlic, pine-nuts, and evoo (extra virgin olive oil). It was soo fresh and delicious and it added life to my bow tie pasta. I crumpled fresh mozzarella on top of the pasta with pesto mixed in. Making your own pesto is much healthier than buying a pre-made one. You are the controller of the salt, oil, cheese, etc. You are the decider and WILL add only the healthiest, and freshest ingredients to have a delicious, guilt free meal. Which pesto will you make next? Will you go traditional with a mortar and pestle or use a modern tool? Buon Appetito!
ps: Pictured below is my kale pesto concoction over bow tie pasta with mozzarella and extra parmesan. I also included two photos from Rome. Although pesto originated in Liguria, I always get nostalgic talking about Italian food, and yes I went to Rome (study abroad). Hmmm Mi Manca I'Italia. I will do a post later on my travels in Rome focusing on face, food and fashion, of course... Until then, stay classy xoxox
Happy Chinese New year!! I have spent the day celebrating and experiencing some culture. Today, at the Chinese New year parade, I watched as adorned dragons danced from store to store collecting lettuce and lighting firecrackers. I ate at the Amazing Penang restaurant afterwards (_ click down bar for the menu). Penang is Malaysian food and the atmosphere, staff, and food never cease to amaze. I got pad thai and my sister got coconut rice.
After lunch, my sister and I ventured to a favorite spot of ours, The Reading Terminal Market. I feel like I was back in Rome in there because of the old historic community feel. I love fresh, local produce and a "buffet" of stores and restaurants/cafes/bakeries/etc! To those who do not know, The Reading Terminal Market has been around since 1892. It is considered a National Landmark. Your grandparents will tell you stories about their times here! Today I had toffee crunch and cookie dough ice cream from Bassetts Ice cream_ (since 1861- before the RTM). I also bought a Metropolitan Bakery Cookie for later. Pictured Below are some of the wonderful food choices you can sample in the Reading Terminal Market. Besides food, there is a flower shop, clothing, soaps, books, and home ware! I would also like to give a shout out to Valley Shepherd Creamery #ValleySheherdCreamery for their amazing customer service and unique selection of local cheeses.
Ps: Check out my new Ombre Hair!!! Comment below if you would like to know more about Ombre and hair care. Also if you have any questions about Reading Terminal Market and Penang. What is your favorite place to go to in the Reading Terminal market?