Day 25: Manti

Rounding out the national food countdown, today we feature manti, an Uzbek stuffed dumpling, likely spread all over Eurasia by the Mongols in the 13th century, and ever since as a staple food of travelers along the great silk road.  Like lag'mon, manti features prominently as an ethnic cuisine across the Turkic speaking world, and … Continue reading Day 25: Manti

Day 66: Bagrationi

Why, you might ask, is a Georgian restaurant being featured in a blog about Uzbekistan?  You probably wondered the same thing about the feature on Korean-Uzbek Cuisine.  While it's true that Stalin deported millions of Soviet citizens across the USSR, Georgian food, and more famously, Georgian wine, enjoyed a fine tradition of being considered a … Continue reading Day 66: Bagrationi

Day 69: Lagʻmon

Of the Central Asian dishes that bring me the most joy, Lagʻmon is in the top four, right up there with Plov, Manti, and Somsa.  Lagʻmon really shows off Uzbek cuisine's eastern influence with it's hearty homemade noodles, and delightful little chunks of meat and fat.  Served in a steaming bowl with a spoon and … Continue reading Day 69: Lagʻmon

Day 99: Plov

Plov, glorious plov.  Italy has risotto, Spain has paella, Uzbekistan has plov.  It's so much more than just rice.  Plov is a beloved national obsession.  Wedding plov, Navruz plov, Thursday plov, plov for every occasion.  The significance cannot be underestimated, nor can it can be truly appreciated without experiencing it, smelling it, eating it, tasting … Continue reading Day 99: Plov

Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장)

Some may call it an aquarium of death, others a seafood lover's paradise. Whatever your inclination, a visit to Seoul's Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is a one of a kind experience you won't soon forget. PashbyMaul Adventures was in Seoul for a conference last November, and with precious little free time explore the city, we had … Continue reading Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장)

Day 2: The day before we fly

How does one sum up a six year experience in Italy? One doesn't. One lives life to its fullest each and every day. The last day needn't be any different should each day truly be a fulfilling experience worth savoring for the rest of your life. Today was no different. Today was our last full … Continue reading Day 2: The day before we fly

Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Trattoria Zamboni is legendary in Vicenza for being one of the top upscale eateries in the area. Fortunate for us, the restaurant is situated less than five kilometers from where we live. Shockingly, we've never eaten there, until tonight! In the town of Lapio, famous to our visitors for another great restaurant we frequent, Trattoria Zamboni occupies … Continue reading Day 4: Trattoria Zamboni

Day 9: Vecia Priara

When you leave casa di Maul and drive straight up the mountain behind the house, the first town you hit is called Villabalzana. Here you will find one of the best examples of a trattoria serving truly local traditional favorites of the Colli Berici, Trattoria alla Vecia Priara. Vecia Priara literally translates to mean "of … Continue reading Day 9: Vecia Priara

Day 19: Easy Al Fresco Dining

Is it a beautiful summer evening? Do you have a way to make food? If you answered yes to these two questions, there is little excuse to deny yourself an al fresco dining experience! Al fresco dining may conjure up images of an idyllic sidewalk café in Paris, or a beach front bar on your … Continue reading Day 19: Easy Al Fresco Dining

Day 20: Pisa, Pizza, and Sausage

Pisa Waking up in Livorno, there was no time to explore this city oozing with authenticity. Onward to the world's most famous tourist trap, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where we met with one of our award winning travel buddies from the PashbyMaul guest awards, Mike, for a final time before we all leave Italy. … Continue reading Day 20: Pisa, Pizza, and Sausage