Day 14: Mistral Bar

Sometimes, when you're hungry, you just want good food. Nothing special, no fancy decor, no gimicky service, just a place where anyone can come and get consistently good homemade eats. This is the realm of the trattoria. Not your Soho variety yuppie restaurant, but a real authentic blue-collar even no-collar local dining room serving perfect comfort … Continue reading Day 14: Mistral Bar

Day 46: Italian Peasant Pasta

Tonight the PashbyMauls recreated a vegetarian pasta dish that was served when we went to visit our friends, the Rinns, a few weeks ago. Of course, it was served with pancetta for the meat lovers in the group at that time. We chose to make this pasta because it doesn't take a lot of ingredients … Continue reading Day 46: Italian Peasant Pasta

Day 47: Sa Tanca Crostaceria

After a morning walking tour of the Prati area of Rome, a walk along the west bank of the Tiber, and a quick stroll through Piazza San Pietro at the Vatican, we began to get very hungry on the long trek back toward the train station. Hiking past the epic monument to Vittorio Emanuele, we … Continue reading Day 47: Sa Tanca Crostaceria

Day 82: How to not screw up pasta

Noodles. One of the world's easiest foods to prepare. Goes with anything. Boiled, re-baked, cut into squares, served cold, lasagna, endless variety of sauces and preparation methods. Well chances are, you're doing it wrong. Here are a few time honored tips and traditions to help steer your pasta prep back in the right direction. Salt the … Continue reading Day 82: How to not screw up pasta