All posts tagged: Italian

Bar Buca

Finally back at it with some of my foodie adventures!  With Winterlicious back in full swing, I couldn’t be more excited to visit some of the restaurants on my list.  Bar Buca was the first to try this year that hosts a menu in an Italian tapas style; whatever is ready first they brought out.  For this reason, we made sure to have a few different selections to share so we could both eat from what was brought out.  Winterlicious in itself is meant as a way to try out new things and new restaurants but never have I had such a great selection!  From the rapini, testa, and citrus salads, the lunch was starting off on an excellent foot.  To my surprise, I loved the sweet and spicy vinaigrette combined with the citrus elements and the olives.  Followed by the Mortadella sandwich and the roasted cauliflower in spicy tomato sauce, we seriously could not believe how tasty everything was!  I’d have to say that the cauliflower is what I loved most and is something …

Spiced Chickpea Pasta

My general food philosophy on your average day is to use only a few ingredients; I don’t want to overcomplicate or over-flavour anything that can already speak beautifully for itself.  Not only did my obsession for the week epitomize this, but this was also a new and exciting dish that burst into my mind on a whim one afternoon. My spiced chickpea, spaghetti squash, and pasta dish was a warm and hardy meal (just what I needed as the weather got colder) that I enjoyed for a couple days more with leftovers that were just as good as the original. To start, all you need is a can of chickpeas, fennel seeds, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, curry powder, caster sugar, a spaghetti squash, fettuccini, salt, pepper, and a little bit of olive oil. The spaghetti squash I prepared just as I had mentioned in a previous post (salt and peppered in the oven at 300 for an hour and a half) and then I scraped out all the squash once it had cooled slightly.  In …

Classic Italian Recipes for the Ages

After a few moments of withdrawal from my travels in Italy, craving all those lovely gelatos and sweets, I knew the only place that was on my list for the weekend was Forno Cultura.  I was introduced to this place only last spring but I’ve made up for my lost time since then!  Everything they offer from breads, pizzas, cookies, and cakes are beyond delicious and in this case were successful in bringing me back to those tasty memories. To start, I always walk in and grab a broken little bread stick that they have by their bar-like area that overlooks the chefs hard at work; a good way to start my visit.  As I make my way around this time, I realize that they don’t only have their own products but sell a variety of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other garnishes from Italy.  The aged balsamic from Modena had my mouth watering!  If anyone is looking for some true Italian ingredients, I’d definitely suggest these guys.  Being from an Italian family themselves and …