A Birthday Lunch – Ethiopian Style

Yayu Restaurant – Oakland, CA.

-nah

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Seafood Risotto

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

A Sunday in Rome can be reminiscent of a Sunday in “The South” – most everything is closed.  Well, everything except for places of worship, shopping and eating.  We determined it would be the perfect day for finding ‘our’ Roman restaurant that we can reference the way some fondly recall their favorite Parisian bistro with the most flaky and delicious croissants. The best way to do so?  Eat our way through Rome.  Literally.  It began as a search for carciofi alla giudía – Jewish-style artichokes.  (I’ll always remember the Italian translation because I said it so many times that weekend.)  Eventually we were told carciofi was not in season 😦  As we walked and marveled at the architecture and historical sites, we ducked into restaurants savoring pasta, bread, risotto, lasagna, wine . . . I could go on.  Before you think we were being all types of glutenous, we would request a smaller size, if possible, and split it allowing our stomachs not to swell too much before diving into another locale.  There was no rhyme or reason to the choosing of our stops.  Eh, actually you could say we chose the books by its covers.  If their featured entree displayed on the chalkboard sidewalk sign enticed our taste buds, it was something we hadn’t yet had while in Rome and the outdoor seating provided an awesome backdrop and shade as a reprieve from the sun, a second later we were requesting a table for two.

At some point that afternoon after free limoncello shots and enjoying the freedom of walking the streets with beer in hand, we found ourselves back in front of the Pantheon.  If you’re facing the Pantheon, to the right are three restaurants that spill out onto the plaza.  The one in the middle, Di Rienzo, boasted a seafood risotto.  Done.

Of course, a classic The Harrises of Chicago photo –

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Have a beautiful weekend!
-nah

Healthy Lessons From Rome

Many beautiful surprises awaited us when we traveled through Rome last year.  Though replete with much history that attempts to stand the test of time, there are many aspects of Rome from which modern societies should take note.  For one – free water.  Everywhere.  There are water fountains for drinking and washing feet throughout the city.  Having equal water fountains in our society was a portion of a larger civil rights movement throughout the 1900s.  Though separate public facilities for quenching one’s thirst were deemed unconstitutional, admittedly, aside from in business facilities I have a hard time finding water fountains.  As some concern themselves with finding ways to restrict the availability of beverages with high sugar content that do all but satiate the thirst of citizens, greater access to water fountains could lead to a reduction of consumption of said beverages.  This also reduces the plastic waste that results from purchased beverages as well. Just sayin’.

These Roman water fountains are also important for the second thing our society should adapt – fruit stands.  Not farmers’ markets, but fruit stands.  Instead of ducking into an establishment when hunger pangs arise to satiate them with something fried, dyed and with little nutritional value, fruit stands allow the healthier option to be that much more accessible.  What we do know is that when the better choice is made just as accessible as the less desirable one, more people will make the healthier choice.

What is something you’ve seen while traveling you wish was adopted where you reside?

-nah

Lunch @ IPO

Meetings for me in the Loop allow for us to join each other for lunch.  Last week, hubs snuck us into the W Hotel to surprise me with one of my favorite indulgences – truffle fries!!!  Sure they were the side dish to some very tasty sandwiches, but the truffle fries had my eyes . . . and heart.

-nah

Mom’s Pie

Some of my favorite memories are those of my mom and me creating delectable scrumptious meals in the kitchen together.  Most of them were savory as we didn’t eat many desserts growing up.  But when we did, my mom put her foot in everything.  Within the last decade, my mom has added another self-creation to her repertoire of desserts.  Birthed from my father’s insane desire to ensure everything he puts in his body is healthy, my developed a sugarless apple pie.  Yes, sugarless.  During the holidays when our home is filled to capacity with family and friends, many would skip over the sugarless apple pie to the peach cobbler and amaretto cake.  This was just fine for my dad as he would say, “more for me!”  It wasn’t that it didn’t taste good.  It’s that not one soul would give it a try upon hearing “sugarless.”  However, the tide started shifting as *cue Phaedra Parks voice* everyone knows that everything in Mama Banks’ kitchen is delicious!  So now, instead of one lonely sugarless apple pie cowering in the corner like the overlooked and forgotten, multiples are required to satisfy everyone’s craving for mom’s homemade apple pie.

So what’s the secret?  Well, that’s a family recipe.  However, I will say that it’s not a sugar substitute and a juicer is involved:)

What’s your family’s favorite dessert?

-nah