It's been a wintery wonderland here in New York. I've had a little down time which has been nice. It's very important for the creative mind to reflect, unwind, and reassess. I could not feel better about going into the new year, recharged and excited for new projects. I have a positive outlook and I am so grateful. Happy Holidays friends, thanks always for your kindness and support.
Wreaths by Fox Fodder Farm
How about a few recommendations? I am by no means an expert on the food scene in Rome (Unlike Katie Parla). It was a quick trip and I tried my best to eat well. No time to waste on bad food, right? The nice thing about all of Italy is that even your simple corner store sandwich is going to be legit, the quality of cured meats and cheeses in this country is obviously amazing. No oscar meyer here folks.
I had a huge compiled list of recommendations from friends, travel magazines, foodie publications, etc. The problem with this is... while traveling you can have a real hit or miss experience. Your pal may of had an awesome bowl of pasta ten years ago but since then, they could of lost a chef, changed ownership etc. How reliable are these recommendations from people who dont actually live there? Sure you can visit all the super classic establishments that have been around for 100 years and are written up everywhere but for the best food? I found that asking the locals, food bloggers and expats was the way to go. You can always trust a place with a line out the door, chances are its killer. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Roscioli | Via Dei Giubbonari 21
Forno Roscioli | Via dei Chiavari 34
Caffè Propaganda | Via Claudia, 15/19 (Via Marco Aurelio)
Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè | Piazza di Sant'Eustachio, 82 (Via della Dogana Vecchia)
Pizzarium | Via della Meloria 43
La Scala | Piazza della Scala 58
Volpetti | Via Marmorata 47
Morris Kitchen recently announced their collaboration with Small Spells, the first of an ongoing series with other creatives. Y'all are probably familiar with MK at this point. Kari and I have been pals for some time and I feature her regularly here. Rachel Howe of Small Spells hand made these adorable ceramic cups to go along with Morris Kitchen's delicious Earl Grey syrup. Inside the box you will also find three recipes cards with delicious ideas of how to use your syrups. A perfect holiday gift. For more cocktail ideas visit here.
I spent three days in Rome. I took on the city with full force, trying to see everything I could by foot. I found myself walking for miles, stopping for an occasional panino, gelato or any excuse I could find to eat again. Walking down a new street each time, back and forth like a maze. I did't want to miss a thing, mentally taking notes as my eyes scanned every detail. Noting the smells, the way the air feels, the way the people speak, the style of clothes they wear, the plants that grow, the color palette, the way the light falls. It's hard not to fall in love.
My sense of direction is typically spot on but I got lost in Rome. The way it should be. I had dreamt of visiting Italy for ages. Ask anyone who knows me well, I was positive that I would find myself there. The food, the culture, the way of life, one that in theory I felt resonated with me. Like all travels you have moments of clarity and true magic, other moments of exhaustion and hunger, small things that turn difficult. I fucked up on the train a couple times, cursing myself in my head. I finally got it right towards the end of my trip. I had fancy meals that were outdated and incredible simple home cooked ones. Quality found in the most modest of places. Rome I do love you, I cant wait to get back to explore more.