3 Traditional Culinary Techniques Championed at Ristorante Gualdo

With the flood of tourists coming to Italy every year, there is a certain expectation that is placed on how Italian food should be prepared. People come to this country to be wowed by a culinary experience that should, if done right, changes the way the look at Italian food all together. Italians took-up this challenge with honor. Or, at least, once upon a time.  The Italian economy has limited cashflow, limited expendable income, and it has forced restaurants to be lean in their inventory practices. The traditional way of Italian cooking is in a dramatic decline.  In all my years of traveling around the country, I have found one place that still does everything with all the poise of Italian culinary tradition. Ristorante Gualdo.

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Secrets of Rome: 5 Lesser-Known Attractions of the Eternal City

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This post is a guest post written by Hanna Johnson, who lives in Rome and loves Italian culture. Previously, Hanna lived in London for two years where she completed her degree in Business Management. Now she is mom of two and loves exploring new places and special events in Italy. If you want to connect with Hanna, you can follow her on Facebook.

I’ve lived in Rome for two years now, and this city never ceases to surprise me. But there is so much more than the traditional sites like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, The Vatican, The Sistine Chapel. Why yes, Piazza Navona is gorgeous and Fontana di Trevi is romantic, but you are sure to share these locations with 5,000 other tourists in the same hour. Rome is a huge tourist destination all year round, so make sure to book your flight beforehand. For example, if you are in Milan you can easily take a train to Rome or access the city from other destinations. It is really nice travelling by train in Italy instead of booking a direct flight.

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6 Reasons Why Cesena Will Be One of the Most Visited Italian Cities in the Next 10 Years

Yesterday morning I woke up to the new ad presented by the Cesena Tourism Office. The promo exudes what I have know for years; Cesena is one of the best unknown cities in Europe.
I have been traveling to Cesena for the better part of a decade to visit friends and enjoy la dolce vita. For years this city (like many Italian cities) has flown under the radar to the general public and most unsuspecting tourists. But now, due to the extension campus of the University of Bologna and its young creative population, the richness of this city and the surrounding area are being exposed.

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5 Reasons Why Sorrento Will Turn You into a Food Lover

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This is a guest post written by Mary Johnson. She started her expat experience in Germany where she completed her bachelor’s degree in language. She spent time living in Spain before landing in Italy, where she is currently exploring the expat life. If you want to connect with Mary, you can follow her on Twitter.

Sorrento is the jewel of the Italian coast. It’s an idyllic coastal retreat, clinging to the Amalfi cliffs – surrounded by inviting waters, full of warm-hearted locals and brimming with food that will take your taste buds on a heavenly gastronomic journey.

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4 Italian Travel Question to Ask Me on Twitter

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There is no doubt that there are many questions and unknowns when traveling to another country. With an abundance of content available often time the little things keep people from branching out. The gap between following your gut and a successful trip is often a risk that destroys peace of mindIf there ever was a time to need a direct line to someone who has been there done that, it’s now.

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3 Places in Rome to Ring-in the New Year

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As this year comes to an end, there are endless parties, people to see, and mile stones to reflect on. Celebrations all around the world are about to take place. For those of my friends who are celebrating new year’s in Rome, there are three spots I recommend you see before it hits midnight.

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The 5 biggest mistakes you make when traveling in Italy

For over a decade of traveling I have made almost every mistake possible. I have also witnessed countless travelers make Bmistakes that have ruined the trip of a lifetime. In an effort to help others learn from these mistakes, they’re written out below.

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Three Guidelines for Perfect Pasta

Italians have long criticized Americans for the way we cook our pasta. Traditionally, the pasta in the states has been pastamushy and not cooked to a perfect al dente. If you frequent any restaurant (and, in most homes) in Italy, for the most part, their pasta is cooked perfectly. Never too soggy or tasteless.

My Italian friends have insure me that there are three things all people must do to get pasta right.

  1. Salt in the water. By adding salt to the water you do two things: increase the point at which the water boils (giving you hotter water), and helps the pasta not to stick together while cooking.
  2. 100g per person. Most people don’t know the right amount of pasta to serve each person, or, how much they want themselves. The perfect amount (no matter how hungry you are, or how much you can eat) is 100g per person. The average pasta box is about 500g. Distribute the pasta accordingly.
  3. Time on the box. This is critical. Almost all Italian pasta companies put a suggested cook-time on the box. Follow the suggested time. Set a timer. Don’t over cook.

All things considered. Every time, when I cook pasta, I never color outside the guidelines above.

Question of the day. How does your mom/grandma cook their pasta? (Please leave your answers in the comments section below.)

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Las Vegas and Rome: Two Cities With Too Much To Do

Kendra Thornton is a 40 year old mother of three. Before being promoted to the full time position of mom, she was the former Orbitz Director of Communications where she was able to travel a great deal. She now lives in Chicago with her family, where they are her number one priority everyday. If you want to learn more from Kendra, you can follow her on Twitter.

A few weeks ago, Kendra approach me with a brilliant idea for a blog post. She proposed ss-090408-las-vegas-01.grid-8x2that we each choose a city to write about, then write about our favorite things to do while visiting that city. Kendra chose Las Vegas. I chose Rome.

The post below list Kendra’s favorite things to do in Las Vegas, and my favorite things to do in Rome.

Looking for things to do in Rome? Here are just a few.

The eternal city is known for its old world charisma and historical allure. for those staying over just to rocket through the sights, they might not realize the city has a lot of offer outside of just the famous monuments.  There are actual many great things to do in the eternal city.

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4 lessons learned from a trip that fell apart

Recently, we had a trip to Italy that completely fall apart. From end to end, every logistical plan we had in place for our group shattered Imageinto a thousand pieces – leaving 19 people, and me, their leader, completely buggered. It forced us to implement every contingency plan we had at our finger tips.  Missed connections, expired train tickets, and lost of 48 hour of our itinerary. I’m not going to lie, these things alway suck. We quickly recovered and got back on our itinerary, and finished the trip well. However, if you travel often enough, eventually you will find yourself in a similar position.  Below are some lessons learned from a trip that fell apart.

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