Some friends and I went out for an aperitivo. For those of you that don’t know, an aperitivo is usually small bites of food and a few drinks before you eat dinner. Most times this happens between 4-8pm. The idea is to make your stomach ready to eat a bigger meal. You buy one drink and get a plate of small bites of food. We all went to Cortona, in Tuscany and sat down for an aperitivo next to the main square (piazza). Small bites of pizza, tuna, small sandwich bites, peanuts, and chips. I got myself a daiquiri and it was the strongest daiquiri I’ve ever had! I couldn’t believe how tipsy I was with one drink! Cortona is a city that is most famous for the movie, ‘Under the Tuscan Sun.’ I was happy to be in this city because it is as beautiful as it was in the movie!
Being a person who loves sweets, I walked into Sandri Pasticceria. I wish I would have had more time (and money) to try out more sweets (I didn’t want to spend all my foodie money in one place, hehe). I bought a small case of mini Macarons and a small cream filled pastry. I had never tried macarons before so I tried these out. I don’t know what to say about macarons. I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like or what they’re made out of. I need to do some exploring on this popular sweet. The small cream pastry I got was from the display case and it was pretty good. They wrapped it nice and pretty. 🙂
For lunch, I made my way to Umbertide. A friend brought me to this little restaurant to have some good food. The name of the restaurant is Locanda Appennino. I loved it! It was nice (empty and quiet). It was perfect to have a good conversation over a meal. The Ravioli tasted like the best small pancakes I’ve ever had and the bacon made it taste even better (Once again, I started eating and forgot to take a pic first!)! Oh my goodness, it was fantastic! For dessert, I tried a white chocolate cream with graham crumbles and cranberries. Sweet but not too sweet. I’d recommend coming to this restaurant if you’re ever in Umbertide city center! I know I will go back on my next trip to Umbertide!
After dinner from Il Bacio, I walked over to a restaurant right outside the Basilica di San Domenico. I don’t remember the name of this restaurant but it overlooks the city from the balcony. It’s the only one there, you can’t miss it! The one thing I did remember about this restaurant was the announcement board that wrote, “Best mojito in Umbria!” Of course, I had to try it. I don’t like mojitos. They just never tasted good to me. Too much mint or something. However, this sign was not joking when they called theirs the best. I loved this mojito!! It had the perfect blend of everything. I will definitely come here again for a mojito! And take a look at that view! I am sitting at a bar area with a view of the city. So perfect!
I have arrived in Perugia, Italy! So here is the first post regarding my foodie adventure. This post contains my dinner for that evening upon arrival. Some friends took me out and we ate in the main Corso Vannucci of Perugia at a restaurant called Il Bacio (search the place in Google! You’ll love the pictures!). I LOVE Italian food. I repeat, I LOVE ITALIAN FOOD! And I’ve lived most of my life eating American versions of it. So when I took my first bite straight from the country itself, my love was confirmed to a higher level. Fresh, simple, natural. Loved it. And the vino? Yes, the wine is just as great. So if you love Italian food and wine as much as I do, you’ll be in heaven.
Receiving service and my food took forever though. I arrived during the last day of the Umbria Jazz Festival. Many, many people were everywhere trying to get a piece of the action. I mean, the concerts are free!! And there are well known musical acts that come and play at this festival every year! It’s no surprise that these restaurant are super busy.
So let’s sum up my first evening in Perugia: Great food, great wine and great Jazz music. I couldn’t ask for anything more. 😀
I am not a big fan of cheesecake, more specifically cream cheese. I eat it in small quantities like how some people eat wasabi. In fact, my co-worker is the only person who has made cheesecake that doesn’t taste like cheesecake and it tastes good! I was motivated to make cheesecake today because I like the flavors of cookies and cream. I had some Oreos and I just bought a new mini cupcake pan from Target. It’s only natural that I want to make mini cheesecakes. 🙂 I used this Betty Crocker recipe. I liked these! I loved the fact that I could freeze these until I’m ready to eat them. I topped the cheesecakes with Oreo crumbs and whipped cream. Wonderful! I will be making these again. I actually want to experiment using other types of cookies as the cheesecake crust.