All posts tagged: Gelato

The Bests of Italy

With school starting in less than a week, I’ve got unpacking, packing, and moving on my mind which consequently means the end to my travels abroad for the summer of 2014.  Through ups and downs, but wait, no downs; it has been a great opportunity in every way possible.  To conclude my trip, I can’t wait to sum up all my faves from the past 6 weeks.  So for those looking to travel Italy or those just curiously reading, enjoy! Best Gelato – This is a toss-up.  Not only did I get to try the best awarded Nocciola gelato of 2014 in San Gimignano, but I discovered other flavours that blew me away; and lucky for me a few weren’t far from home!  The chain Amorino, which I visited in Milan, had an amazing selection and incredible depth to their flavours.  Their salted caramel definitely came out on top!  Being a HUGE salted caramel fan, I can get a little picky at times, but I had no critiques, absolutely perfect!  The Gelateria delle Olmo in …

Onward from Siena

A whole “semester” gone already; it’s hard to believe that five whole weeks have flown by in Italia.  I could go on and on about the goodbyes I had to say, but none of them were truly goodbye.  The amazing thing about this experience is that the people I got to know and become great friends with are people who live in the same city as I do; this was a mere opportunity to get to know one another in a different place.  So to those reading this from our summer abroad program, I will see you all very soon! Enough with the goodbyes, and onto new places!  After finishing classes on Thursday, my parents and I whisked off to Pisa for some lunch and a visit to this leaning tower I had never heard of before (kidding).  But this was only a stop in our journey to Monterosso, part of the Cinque Terre region.  With plans of hiking along the coast on Friday, we were in need of some good Ligurian food to get …

A foodie’s paradise in Montalcino

Although this week didn’t consist of any big travels, we had one of the best experiences I could have asked for.  With our class we visited Montalcino to visit a particular contemporary art instsallation, but luckily for us, our professor knew a restaurant that could make us a lunch to go along with the trip.  Along with a Brunello from the area, we had a lunch you wouldn’t believe! I won’t go into detail with the wine (to be honest, it definitely wasn’t a top Brunello) but the lunch really set the bar high!  To start, we had some of the classics.  A tomato bruschetta, as well as three other variations; these were mushroom and garlic, tartufo, and black olive.  My personal favourites were the latter two.  I had never had truffles before this trip, they were only rumours to me, so I was definitely up for a try.  It was without a doubt one of the richest and deepest flavours of mushroom, yet not overpowering.  The smooth texture of the tartufo was only a …