May 20th, 2009

Will you take me back?

It’s been a long while since my last post. You probably already forgot me. And that’s OK. I hope I’ll win you back.

Despite my long absence, food has been and still is very much on my mind. It’s just that my mind was burnt out. Now that I’ve put multiple work projects to bed and I’m married (no more wedding planning), I’m energized to retake mango&lime. Bear with me as a find my posting rhythm.

For now, I’ll leave you with some gastronomical eye candy from our two-week honeymoon in Italy.

Good pizza everywhere. This was at Baccanele a Trastevere in Rome.

Pizza at Baccanale Trastevere 

I had major market envy. The Campo di Fiori market in Rome was only three blocks from our hotel and ran everyday except Sunday from 7 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. Too bad we didn’t have a kitchen.

Campo di Fiori market - Rome

 Fresh seafood.

Campo di Fiori market - Rome

Oh, if only we had something similar …

Campo di Fiori market - Rome

Pretty, huh?

Campo di Fiori market - Rome

There was lots of pasta to be had. This is lunch in Rome. Truthfully, I can’t remember where …Pasta in Rome

Lunch at E Lucevan le Stelle, the wine bar of Locanda di San Francesco, the charming hotel we stayed at in Montepulciano. Pasta al ragu (made with wild boar meat).

Pasta at E Lucevan le Stelle - Montepulciano

 Cheese vendor at the Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Cheese vendor Florence

And the trip wouldn’t be complete without a Florentine tripe sandwich.

Panino con trippa - Florence

Last but not least, if anyone ever visits Montepulciano, they must visit Osteria Acquacheta. I think we had our best meal in this cozy local spot. Better yet, all their ingredients are seasonal and obtained from local farmers; their pasta is home made daily. D and I shared a 1,350-gram bistecca alla Florentina (the smallest cut). Unfortunately, we don’t have any good pictures of our delicious meal but we caught the owner in action in the kitchen. The 35-seat restaurant was constantly packed so better to make a reservation.

Osteria Acquacheta

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15 Responses to “Will you take me back?”

  1. Buenisimas las fotos… That pizza will be on my mind all day!

  2. Oh forgot, I’ll take you back!

  3. Of course, we’ll take you back! We’ve missed you! And now I’m hungry … thanks for the tour of Italy!

  4. Gorgeous and delicious!!! So happy you are back…

  5. Thank you for posting again!! The blogoshpere missed you.

  6. Well now I HAVE TO go to Italy! :) I was thinking you should review a place I went the other day, OmGarden (www.omgardenonline.com)… I loved it, but then again, I looove organic, vegetarian food :) Besoos

  7. Osteria Acquacheta is so awesome and is packed all of the time. The locals love this place and the logo looks exactly like the owners eyes.

    I want to go back

  8. It’s about time!

  9. Oh yeah, the food looks delicious!

  10. Que rico que estes de vuelta, te extranamos mucho !!!

    Esa pizza !!! Delicia !!!

  11. I’m sure you had a happy honeymoon in my fave city. What great memories Campo de Fiori brings! Now that your back, get your italian fix at the new Calamari in the Grove, GM Slavo Catania will come over and call you “Bella,” and the pizza is pretty darn good.

  12. Pics look great. Welcome back!!

  13. Welcome back! The pics look deeeeeelicsuos!

  14. yeah! looking forward to your posts again. i’ve been on a blogging hiatus as well. planning on posting a s’mores cupcake recipe this week.

  15. I have fond memories of Italy, people are so friendly and food is outstanding. Tiny delis had the best. We’d sneak back to our pension to eat. It was the best holiday with just my mother and 3 sisters. You brought back great memories. And WELCOME BACK!

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