31.1.14

ROME - PART II (FOOD)

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So, let's talk about the food in Rome. We had some good and some a bit average, I'm certainly no expert after 3 days there but I can tell you that you know those restaurants with the red and white tablecloths and waiters standing outside enticing you in? They are so flipping tempting. It's really hard not to go 'oh let's just go in here' when you're hungry, in desperate need of pizza and you don't have the internet to rescue you. I'm happy to report that we did manage to avoid those places but I have to admit, for a brief few minutes on our first day, I did want to be that Brit sat outside freezing with a cocktail and a dry looking pizza. Then I came to my senses and we ended up with the best pizza I had all weekend, seriously. After a bit of research we headed straight to Forno Campo De' Fiori to get a slice from the deli. I have never been more confused in my life trying to ask for pizza by the weight but after a bit of pointing and hand measuring we ended up with two piping hot pizzas that they served to us folded in half, a pizza sandwich (totally different from a calzone). It was simple but oh so good, it was the first thing we ate in Rome and I have to say probably the best. 

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Seen as though we rented an apartment for the weekend, I wanted to make sure we cooked a proper meal ourselves, we got fresh spaghetti and pesto and topped it with the craziest cheese I've come across. It's called Burrata and has CREAM inside it. When in Rome. 

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One place I have to say was a little disappointing was L'Archetto, I have heard nothing but good things about this place - I was recommended it and read so many amazing reviews but the service was pretty shocking and the spaghetti sauce was so so so salty, the spaghetti was cooked perfectly but it was all a bit average (they also gave me a glass of Lambrini for my drink...). I'm thinking maybe the none-tomato sauces are the way to go with this place? Maybe.

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Ok, so now let's move on to the dessert. We hunted down the best gelato in Rome from Gelateria del Teatro, I had the chocolate and coconut one and the chocolate was so creamy and silky but we did get gelato from a few places as we walked around too and they were just as good. Steven had this chocolate and orange one from a place near the Pantheon and he just couldn't get enough of it. 
Steven's favourite dessert is tiramisu, so we tracked down Pompi (apparantly the best in Rome), so he could get a little portion for himself, only four euros too and it was a huge portion for one person!

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A couple of other notable places we went were Pizzeria Leonina (another pay by the weight) which we enjoyed sat by a fountain and we also loved Tazza d'Oro, a great coffee bar with tasty pastries. When we were up near the Vatican we went for pizza at L'Isola della Pizza, which was good - my first tomato-less pizza but the waiter was a bit of a sleaze ball. 

All in all, not bad for 3 days. There were so many other places we would have liked to have tried but our stomachs just wouldn't allow it!

*Can I just mention that we don't have the same scarf, I borrowed his for a brief moment when the cold got a little too much, honest!

29.1.14

ROME - PART I

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I can't quite get over how beautiful a city Rome is, every corner we turned seemed to have history seeping out of each building, it really is a place where you want to just stop and take it all in. We didn't have the best weather while we were there (who'd have thought in the middle of January...), for the first two days the sky was just pure grey with solid cloud but the sun came out by Saturday and what a difference it made to the feel of the place. I think because we went out of holiday season we didn't really get to experience the real Rome, the one that everyone talks about...but, we barely had to queue or push ourselves through a crowd and it just meant we got to eat more pizza to keep warm so I was more then happy with that.
We really had such a lovely time walking and walking and walking, everywhere. I was actually pretty surprised as to how close everything is, what looks like a good half an hour walk on our map only really took us ten minutes and because we stayed near the Pantheon we seemed to be close to everything (everything being all the gelato). We had some pretty special pizza (which I'll talk about in another post) and ate gelato at least twice a day- I love that I don't even feel remotely guilty for it. Thinking about it though, I don't think I've been hungry since we came back so maybe I've eaten my carb allowance for the year already?! Shit.
I guess the thing that I was most disappointed with is that the Colosseum had scaffolding on it, scaffolding!! Still a mighty fine building... but seriously?!

I'm looking forward to telling you all about the food we had next time!

23.1.14

SIX YEARS

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Today is our six year anniversary. SIX YEARS! I can't quite believe where the time has gone, I still feel like the fresh faced nineteen year old I was when I met him. The past six years have been flipping brilliant, it makes me very happy knowing that we have plenty more of where that came from and to celebrate we're going to Rome! We're flying out today for a long weekend of pizza and gelato (and plenty of rain by the looks of it). Happy anniversary babes x

22.1.14

EARLHAM STREET CLUBHOUSE

Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse
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Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse
Earlham Street Clubhouse

It's no secret that I love me a good old slice (or a few) of pizza, so if a place opens up and it serves pizza and GOOD cocktails and they're all named after US TV/film references, you'll be sure to find me there. Earlham Street Clubhouse is just one of those super cool places that you want to tell everyone about but at the same time tell no one at all just so you get a seat every Friday night.
The music was a little loud when we got there, my inner granny was all like 'DO YOU THINK ITS A BIT...UMM...LOUD?'  but after we got our first cocktail (Cruel Intentions, obvs) and a calzone bigger then 3 heads put together, I was certainly grooving along in my seat (yeah, grooving, go with it...). I honestly never thought I could have such a good night sitting in the same seat for 3 hours, the staff are super helpful with recommendations for food/drink and they have the Secret DJ app, its been a long time since I listened to Aaliyah (sorry, dad joke). I do wish it was a little brighter though, candle light is nice and all but not so much when trying to take pictures when totally equipped with the wrong lens.
The Sweet Valley High cocktail was pretty much spot on and The Ferris Beuller pizza was weirdly not too spicy at all, the sourdough base was just perfect and yes, you're right, it was far too much food for two people but it was just too good to leave!
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