Ciao Capri! An island of beauty, glitz, delicious food, friendly locals and brilliant handmade leather sandals. With a jagged coast, famous faraglioni (sea stacks) and numerous grottos, Capri stole our hearts! Capri was part of our “last minute pivot” so we booked this portion of the trip less than 24 hours before departing the States. A little stressful, but we ended up with a great itinerary for the three days we were on the island. Enjoy our adventures around Capri!Continue reading “Capri”
My brilliant friend – Ischia! An island that has been in our “travel vault” and we haven’t had a chance to get there, but fortunately on this trip we had a change of plans that brought us to this beautiful place. We had originally planned to go to Ibiza, but with increase of Covid cases and curfews we felt like Italy was a safer destination the night before we left for our two week trip. Having done some prior research of the island, the trip was booked within hours of departure for Europe and it came together nicely! We learned more about the island while we were there and would 100% go back to explore even more. It’s a destination that is visited by Italians (hardly any Americans) and your euro goes a long way. Enjoy our two days in Ischia!Continue reading “Ischia”
Polignano a Mare, Italy
PUGLIA. It’s the heel of the boot in southern Italy and its one of the best kept secrets. But I think the secret is already out. In the next couple posts we will be highlighting all the place we traveled with a summary at the end giving you an overview of our itinerary and some travel tips. So first stop, Polignano a Mare
It was our first time in staying in Milano. Kay had passed through Milano Centrale on the way to Lake Como 10 years ago while studying abroad in Florence. Milan is a high fashion, fast-paced metropolis. Very different from other Italian cities we have visited. It’s the city of the future, where people really care about what they are wearing, creativity is big business and work drinks are an art form.
There are many different neighborhoods – some of our favorites being Porta Nuova/ Isola and Brera. We enjoyed walking the streets and exploring this Northern Italian city, but wouldn’t make a special trip back unless we had to pass through or had work there. If you find yourself in Milano, be sure to check out these spots and you will be sure to have a lovely time ! Continue reading “Milan, Italy”
Florence | Firenze | The Best
We can officially say both of us have been to Florence, but separate times. K was able to study abroad in this beautiful city during her junior year at UCSB. Now T got to experience it for herself. All those years k talked about how much she loved this city and T now knows why. And for our readers – here is why:
Day Trip to Siena, Italy
T.W.O. had the opportunity to take a day trip to Siena for business. Short on time and unlucky weather, T. was able to see the famous square where the Palio takes place each year, have a proper lunch, tour the Duomo, wonder the small streets of the Tuscan town and most importantly get a gelato! Here are some snapshots from her adventure.
Most recently, half of T.W.O. got to travel to Rome for work – first time for T and it won’t be the last! Though only one of us went, that didn’t mean K wasn’t there with her in spirit. Like always – an itinerary was set and restaurants were researched. Here are some of the highlights of the trip!
Envision this….you are walking down the streets in Firenze towards the Duomo and you want to satisfy your sweet tooth – no problem. Turn the corner past The Oil Shoppe and there is a gelateria. Only 2 euros for two scoops – perfect…thats change right!? What flavors shall you pick? In this post, T.W.O. recreates the authentic Italian coffee gelato. It’s very similar minus the cobble stone streets and the outstanding architecture. Thats amore – lets travel to ITALIA!
– 5 egg yolks
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 cups whole milk
– 2 Tablespoon vanilla
– 1 Tablespoon instant espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
1. Whisk yolks in a large bowl until blended and fluffy.
2. Bring milk to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk hot milk into egg mixture; then whisk in espresso mixture and vanilla.
3. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir over medium heat until custard thickens and leaves path on back of spoon when finger is drawn across, about 8 minutes (Be careful not to boil).
4. Refrigerate the custard until cold, about 3 hours.
5. Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Freeze in covered container. For best results let is freeze for 24 hours.
Margherita Pizza with Homemade Sauce
Friday Night Pizza Night with T.W.O. – yes its already that time again! This week, we are featuring a margherita pizza with home sauce. Don’t be intimidated – it’s a beginner’s recipe that tastes like a million dollars! Enjoy your pizza making!
Margherita Pizza with Homemade Sauce
– 1 pizza dough
– 1 can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
– 2-3 cups fresh mozzarella, sliced
– 8 leaves basil
– 3 cloves garlic, diced
– 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
– 2 teaspoons garlic powder
– 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 415°.
- Roll out pizza dough on a floured/cornmeal surface. Transfer to a greased cookie sheet.
- Pour the tomatoes in a bowl. Chop up the whole tomatoes into quarters.
- Add to a heated skillet lined with olive oil. Sprinkle in garlic powder, salt and pepper. Slowly add cornstarch after the sauce has reached a bowl. Reduce heat and stir consistently. The sauce should thicken. Remove from heat.
- Add the sauce to the top of the pizza dough. Top with garlic cloves. Place the sliced mozzarella on top of the garlic along with the fresh basil.
- Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let the pizza sit for 2-4 minutes. Cut and serve.
Cheers to another great Friday Night Pizza Night!
Hats Off to Traveling
If you haven’t already noticed, T.W.O. enjoys traveling. And like most people, we usually get a souvenir (well actually, we should say souvenirs) when we travel! One of those souvenirs has to be a hat. Yes – a hat. It’s an item that we will wear the rest of our trip and get to bring it back home to the States. Beach hat, winter hat, ball cap – doesn’t matter! Here are some of our favorite hats we got a long the way.
Palm Springs/ Stagecoach: