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Oooh Belgium Waffles!

So I took a trip to Brussels, Belgium! And what was one of the top things on my list to try??? WAFFLES! :D …So you think you like waffles right? Those gross flavorless sponge things? …well these waffles are nothing like that! Why am I so excited!? lol

Well, this is the first waffle I tried! (and the best!) so they pour the batter in fresh, or used a recently made waffle and heat it up in the waffle iron. Then it comes out all hot and chewy and FULL of flavor! Seriously, this thing did not need the chocolate stuff. The flavor was sweet and very vanilla-ey. Just a perfect balance <3

 

 

 

 

 

There are an endless amount of toppings! Ice cream being one of the most popular. Also fresh strawberries and whipped cream :)

There are several different kinds of waffles too! This was much lighter and fluffy. The flavor was also a bit more subtle.

Anywhoooo, if you ever make it to Belgium…TRY THE WAFFLES.

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Another Italian Dinner

Having dinner in Florence at a little restaurant and pizzeria place… :)

 

Started with some wine…wasn’t very good but then again I have no idea how to choose a good wine lol. Its one of my culinary weaknesses!

 

Next was this awesome calzone…a bit to crispy but the ricotta and the prosciutto were great!

 

Then this simple pasta dish with fresh noodles and tomatoes. Good and not overly seasoned :)

 

Ok, this next pasta dish was really interesting! Fresh noodles with a Tuscan meat sauce… the noodles were quite good with a gritty texture. The sauce was defiantly a new experience. It was super flavorful ground beef and the only way I can kinda describe it was that it somewhat resembled the flavor of corned beef hash! (I love that stuff!) ..so anyways…when in Tuscany try the Tuscan meat sauce :)

 

Food Firenze! (Get it? lol)

Yeah that was a ridiculous joke! But I couldn’t help it! Alright! So get ready for a super-duper long post! I went on a wonderful food tour of Florence (Firenze), Italy!  …and here are some of the amazingly delicious and very new to me, things I tried!

This was a simple beef brisket that we had in the market, the green sauce was made from cilantro and was very refreshing…the red sauce was..HOT…I avoided it because I don’t like spicy things but a little bit of it got my piece and I was freaking out..talking crazy burn your face off kinda hot!

Next was freshly made raw ravioli! The filling was some sort of smooth cheese and pear, crazy sweet and interesting. The pasta was super tender and good <3

Then onto the delicious balsamic vinegar’s…Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite condiments! <3 LOVE THIS STUFF.

We tried 7 different balsamic vinegar’s! Each one going up in age, the last one we tried was aged for 25 years, expensive but really good stuff and the older it gets the more concentrated it is. So the flavor is very strong and the texture starts to become almost like molasses <3

Next was olive oil…i’v never tasted anything quite like this. I use olive oil every day but this stuff tasted completely different! You could actually taste the olives..in fact it tasted like a fresh raw olive! Very strange indeed.. :D

Then the cheese’s with different toppings :) We had fresh mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano <3 TO DIE FOR.

The sauces were actually different kinds of chutneys, honeys and also truffle pesto-ish stuff ;) We bought several haha. We purchased the pear that was infused with essence of mustard (great stuff) and the mixed berry with truffle oil! NOM APPROVED.

Anyways, these are all the delicious things we tasted at the oldest food market in Florence. If you ever get a chance to visit Tuscany make sure you make your way to this market! <3

Food Review: Aoste Salami

Prosciutto, Pizza, Ravioli, Risotto

I ate many delicious things on my recent trip to Tuscany, Italy :) This was my first meal there (I was *very* excited lol)

 

This is fresh mozzarella and prosciutto <3 OH MAN. I love prosciutto but i’ve never had it like this! In the states it just a bit to salty and chewy..not here…it was the perfect amount of salt with meat that wasnt overly chewy and a chore to eat. Seriously good stuff right here! 

I ordered the Margherita pizza! Super simple but good. The sauce was like…BAM… tomatoes! 

 

This was a tasty fresh pasta with some darn good mushrooms! I believe it was filled with a ricotta mixture. But the interesting part was the pasta. You can see from the photo that it’s not the usual white-ish stuff but yellow, and it wasn’t to tender so it fell apart. It held quite nicely together making for an interesting texture.

 

The last and THE BEST. Probably my favorite dish that I tried in Italy! This was creamy parmesan risotto <3 This stuff was like a giant bowl of comfort food :D  This sauce was very thick and creamy, made with the delectable Parmigiano Reggiano. The risotto was very heavy, so you could only take a few bites without being full haha. Perfectly salty with a great balance of cream and cheese. Nom approved! 

 

 

Gelato and Stuff

Gelatooooo timeeeee :D

Soooooo, I tried some great gelato while I was in Florence! The real deal, not touristy stuff. It was stored traditionally in the metal bin thingys in the counter, not in a display case. The colors were pale and  not fluorescent so you knew the ingredients were real :D (Contrary to popular belief, gelato should NOT be piled high and should be dull in color)
I had FOUR different flavors lol. White chocolate strawberry, passion fruit, coffee and vanilla mint (The mint was so fresh tasting, quite a new experience!). This was some seriously good stuff! The flavors were so vibrant tasting! .

 

I also had Gelato in Pisa…not as great but still good :) I had strawberry

 

Next was chocolate! Pralines to be exact, extremely creamy stuff! My favorite was the hazelnut with cracked pepper on top. The pepper was a genius addition to the chocolate! They complimented each other so well! 

 

The view at the chocolate shop!

Gelato in Worms

So there is the little town not to far from us called Worms! They have some amazing gelato! It is different than German ice cream. The gelato is (of course) fluffy-er and less sweet. The flavors here are mango and walnut :) It’s a nice place to go with over 30 flavors! And they speak english haha