Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Food on Voyage - Italy (Part 2)

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My trip continued to the calm and beautiful city of Florence. The well planned city with small and serene streets can sure steal your heart.

Florence is said to be the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany.

We visited the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral or Duomo) which is one of the largest churches in Europe. The architecture is simply jaw dropping. It makes us wonder how they managed to build such large structures way back in 1296.

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The next was the best part of the trip :) or rather the best part of a food blogger's trip or say life!! :)

My dear hubby had surprised me by booking in for a cookery class at Florence. It was a 3 hour beautiful session by the cookery institute called In-Tavola.

I got a chance to learn a 4 course Italian meal and the experience of cooking at their kitchen was fabulous.

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Learnt to make Millefoglie Di Verdure (Vegetable Millefoglie) , Crespelle and Salsa di Beschiamella (Crepes and Bechamel Sauce), Crespelle Fiorentina (Florence Crepes), Pollo alla Cacciatore (Hunter's chicken) and finally Tiramisu :D

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The session ended with dining the delicious food that we cooked :)

All thanks to hubby for giving me the best gift of experience :)

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The next day started with a visit to the Ponte Vecchio bridge which is constructed over the river Arno.

Its a beautifully constructed stone bridge on which there are loads of jewellery shops lined on both the sides.

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We broke the monotony of pizza with some pita for lunch at florence :P

They were fresh and delicious but for me Italian food was generally void of spice. After eating loads of breads, cheese and pastas the Indian tongue started craving for spice which it is used to for years you see!! :P

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We enjoyed eating some fresh spaghetti as well.

Next we headed to Galleria dell' Accademia - the art gallery which holds a lot of works by the great Michelangelo.

The first master piece of Michelangelo - The original of David stands brilliantly tall in this gallery. The picture below is a replica of David which is kept in the city.

There aren't enough words in the dictionary to praise Michelangelo for his talent of painting, sculpting, architecture and so on. King of all arts :)

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Tuscany is famous for its produce of red and white wine. Every restaurant serves wine and you will get to see a lot of stores selling them at a good deal too.

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The next best product to buy at Florence is Pastas. There are loads of shapes, sizes and flavors available and they taste really good too. :)

All you need is good amount of space in your baggage to pack them all :P

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Oh yeah!! You have to wait for part 3 for a virtual visit to Venice and Milan :)

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Written by: Nithya
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14 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

How sweet of your husband!
Look forward to your next Italy story!
Angie

Hamaree Rasoi said...
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Dear Nithya

Thanks a lot for sharing your experience of Italy with wonderful snaps of both places and cuisines. Looking forward to hear more from you .

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Aarthi said...

awesome place nithya..

Poornima Nair said...

What an awesome surprise!!

suji said...

hi nitya i like ur blogging style, ur recipes and mainly photography itz excellent

PriyaRaj said...

Thanx for sharing Nithi....Awesome clicks asusual..so from now we can expect more italian recipes from u right...looking forward.....

Sharmilee! :) said...

wow thats so nice to hear am sure u will cook up the dishes you had learnt and give us a visual treat :)

radha said...

Will wait for future posts, I am sure you will reproduce the foods in your blog

Priya said...

Thats really so nice of ur better half, lovely place and awesome post again.

Hobby Chef said...

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G said...

Surprise cookery class? WOW!!
'They were fresh and delicious but for me Italian food was generally void of spice.' - Can't agree more. An entire day of non-Indian cuisine is enough to make me get obsessed with the thoughts of Indian food :)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Your pictures takes me to my days in Italy....It is def a place for food and beauty, fresh pasta and tomato sauce yumoo....Very happy new year Nithi Have a blast with your new family!!

Leena JD said...

You are one super creative lady Nitya. I just loved your blog and all pictures. I have become an ardent follower of your blog. Do drop in and check out my new blog. I am a total newbe into blogging. would love to hear from you. take care

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