Saturday, April 21, 2018

meat on a stick.

so, it seems that since i'm wrapping up life in milan, i'm taking the opportunity to share some of my favorite haunts around the city.

this week i'd like to tell you about the "meat on a stick" place.

no, this is not the name of the restaurant.

but it is how we refer to it when making plans to go there.

because when you go, you must order the "meat on a stick."


this restaurant, located just south of the "ring" that surrounds milan, is abbruzzese in origin. meaning that the food and style is from the region of abruzzo, which is located centrally in italy on the eastern coast.


recently they also opened a smaller version of the restaurant, located in the heart of porta romana.

located across from the kk store on viale sabotino

the original location has a slightly larger menu than the new spot, but they both serve the ever popular "meat on a stick."

that 2nd item...that's what you want!

at the porta romana location, you get ten sticks of meat, which is lamb, and a piece of bruschetta. the same is true at the original, but you only get six sticks.

yummmmmmmmmm!

i've also had some of their pastas, which are all made in the restaurant.

mezzi paccheri con crema di zucca gialla e zafferano
'paccheri' pasta with yellow squash/pumpkin and saffron sauce

the desserts aren't bad either.

some version of a lava cake, which is delicious!

dessert trio

having eaten at both, we felt like the food at the bigger location was slightly better, but the smaller location is much more convenient!

either way, cheers to great food!


reservations recommended, especially on weekends or at the smaller restaurant.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

the future.

if you follow me on other forms of social media, this will not be news to you.

but i've decided to leave italy at the end of this school year.

it's been an awesome seven years in milan, but i felt like it was time for a change.

despite the fact that i just earned the right to live in italy with permanent resident status.




nonetheless, i went job hunting this year, using mainly search associates, in hopes of returning to the classroom.

with that being said, i'm moving to dubai in august.


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i've accepted a grade 4 teaching position at dubai american academy.

you can follow their social media accounts here and here to see more of the school.

i'm really excited for the cultural change and the lifestyle that working in the middle east will provide.

and i'm hoping for visitors!

something i'm sure my milan friends will take me up on!

however, i am a little afraid of the heat.

will i melt?

-----
to answer some of the questions i'm being asked...

no, women are not required to be fully covered in dubai. it's considered a fairly modern country in the middle east. some level of conservative clothes is required in certain places. read more here.

i have visited dubai. (read about that here.) i liked it. caitlin loved it. so it's funny that i'm the one moving there.

i do know someone working at this same school. and, oddly enough, someone else that works in milan will be teaching grade 4 with me in dubai next year. #smallworld

i don't know where i'll be living. the school chooses (and they pay) and i'm fine with that. it's almost certain to be larger than my european apartments, so... #win

i will still be visiting the states this summer! so come see me!





Saturday, April 7, 2018

you should eat here.

a few weeks back i was treated to a chance to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants.

i've mentioned this place before, but it's been awhile, so if you're ever anywhere near milan, and you have a car, you should make a trip out to le proposte.

about an hours drive from milan you can find some of the most fresh, local food in italy.


the food at le proposte is simple, but classic.

when you arrive, you're asked if you would like the antipasti.

the answer is yes.

always.

here's a sample of what we had on our last visit.

selection of salumi

beans with olive oil and herbs

crostini with parmesan cream and strawberry

fried veggies: green onions, zucchini flowers, cauliflower

roasted pumpkin with balsamic
we also ordered two primis (pasta course) to share.

there's no physical menu at the restaurant. they just rattle off what they have that day. you can check their website in advance for what appears to be a fairly accurate version of what we were offered that day. (the menu is likely to change seasonally.)

tortelli di zucca - pumpkin ravioli

tortelli di fonduta con tartufo nero - fonduta cheese ravioli with black truffle

this cheese is super melty! 
we usually skip the secondi (the meat course) and head straight to dessert.

tortino alle fragole - strawberry tart

mousse di cioccolato - chocolate mousse
i love this restaurant. so much.

better than all the food was the amazing company.

peggy just happened to be visiting milan now that she's retired and living in vermont.

so this was a nice opportunity for the four of us to catch up.

ann, angela and peggy


if you get the chance to go, take it!

do have a favorite restaurant in italy? please share it with me in the comments!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

summer in the states. part deux.

scrolling through my iphone photos recently i noticed that i had actually remembered to take some photos of the time i spent in the states.

and had never posted them.

figures.

so here goes.

the savannah and ohio highlights.

my cousins, aunt and i went to a reds game. i hadn't been in years. but it was so fun.





wish that hat would actually sit on my head. 
almost all of us

I remember Pete playing from when I was growing up. #memories

we visited washington park and over the rhine.

growing up over the rhine was where you. do. not. go.

but now, it's been overhauled and gentrified.



music hall.

katie, nancy's daughter, me and my cousin nancy
we ate at camp washington chili. because chili and cincinnati are synonymous.

this was my first time trying camp washington.



verdict? next time i'm sticking with the gold standard, imo.

madtree brewing.

after some fun days exploring many of cincinnati's new revitalized areas and the local breweries that have come with it, i headed to columbus to meet up with two friends from bg.

sausage and cream puffs are the thing here.



strolling through germantown.

what's a fun couple of days with the girls without a charcoal mask?

i mean, this place is gigantic.

after ohio, i spent several weeks in the sultry south.

classic savannah cuisine.

celebrating my dad's 83rd birthday

my old school opened a new building

#rainbows

hanging out at sheila's

boiled peanuts.
#itsathing

these ladies. super women that have educated thousands and i've learned so much from them. 
and that about wraps it up! looking forward to another summer in savannah in just a few short weeks!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

36 hours in copenhagen.

this fall my niece and her husband planned a trip to europe.

the only weekend of their trip they were to be in copenhagen, so i flew there to meet up with them.

i took the day off friday and arrived early enough to have some time to explore. i have been in copenhagen before, but it had been several years.

i remembered this little market and that it was super cute and a great place to grab some lunch while you're out wandering around. it was one of my first stops.



there are so many options at this market. you are sure to find something to satisfy everyone's tastes.


walking the city i was reminded of the beautiful architecture and details that can be found.

i love the rounded edges and curvy spirals.






i met up with melissa and kevin at this easy to find place with a ton of beers on tap.


later in the evening, i met up with some other friends at this great beer place. it was a little more out of the way, if memory serves, and a louder environment, but lots of beer choices on tap.

on saturday, melissa and kevin chose to check out some copenhagen sites and having been previously i enjoyed the gardens and took some fun photos with the flowers instead of going inside.






we tried this ramen place, where you order your desired version from a vending machine basically and then take your receipt to the counter where they actually make the food. verdict: it was good, but not great.


it was such a treat having family show up in europe! i hope they'll come to visit me again soon!


you might also check out this article and this one for other ideas about how to spend your time.

public transport was pretty easy to figure out and i bought 24 hour tickets that offered unlimited rides. it was a rainy weekend and walking everywhere just wasn't going to happen. this ticket can also get you from the airport into town.

i've yet to make it to this crazy cool ceramics place, but my friends talk about it all. the. time. and i was gifted one of their ghosts. #nexttime

lastly, i stayed at this airbnb. it was just a rented room, but it was fine. prices are high in copenhagen and apartments with fair prices seemed hard to come by.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

meat on a stick.

so, it seems that since i'm wrapping up life in milan, i'm taking the opportunity to share some of my favorite haunts around the city.

this week i'd like to tell you about the "meat on a stick" place.

no, this is not the name of the restaurant.

but it is how we refer to it when making plans to go there.

because when you go, you must order the "meat on a stick."


this restaurant, located just south of the "ring" that surrounds milan, is abbruzzese in origin. meaning that the food and style is from the region of abruzzo, which is located centrally in italy on the eastern coast.


recently they also opened a smaller version of the restaurant, located in the heart of porta romana.

located across from the kk store on viale sabotino

the original location has a slightly larger menu than the new spot, but they both serve the ever popular "meat on a stick."

that 2nd item...that's what you want!

at the porta romana location, you get ten sticks of meat, which is lamb, and a piece of bruschetta. the same is true at the original, but you only get six sticks.

yummmmmmmmmm!

i've also had some of their pastas, which are all made in the restaurant.

mezzi paccheri con crema di zucca gialla e zafferano
'paccheri' pasta with yellow squash/pumpkin and saffron sauce

the desserts aren't bad either.

some version of a lava cake, which is delicious!

dessert trio

having eaten at both, we felt like the food at the bigger location was slightly better, but the smaller location is much more convenient!

either way, cheers to great food!


reservations recommended, especially on weekends or at the smaller restaurant.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

the future.

if you follow me on other forms of social media, this will not be news to you.

but i've decided to leave italy at the end of this school year.

it's been an awesome seven years in milan, but i felt like it was time for a change.

despite the fact that i just earned the right to live in italy with permanent resident status.




nonetheless, i went job hunting this year, using mainly search associates, in hopes of returning to the classroom.

with that being said, i'm moving to dubai in august.


Untitled


i've accepted a grade 4 teaching position at dubai american academy.

you can follow their social media accounts here and here to see more of the school.

i'm really excited for the cultural change and the lifestyle that working in the middle east will provide.

and i'm hoping for visitors!

something i'm sure my milan friends will take me up on!

however, i am a little afraid of the heat.

will i melt?

-----
to answer some of the questions i'm being asked...

no, women are not required to be fully covered in dubai. it's considered a fairly modern country in the middle east. some level of conservative clothes is required in certain places. read more here.

i have visited dubai. (read about that here.) i liked it. caitlin loved it. so it's funny that i'm the one moving there.

i do know someone working at this same school. and, oddly enough, someone else that works in milan will be teaching grade 4 with me in dubai next year. #smallworld

i don't know where i'll be living. the school chooses (and they pay) and i'm fine with that. it's almost certain to be larger than my european apartments, so... #win

i will still be visiting the states this summer! so come see me!





Saturday, April 7, 2018

you should eat here.

a few weeks back i was treated to a chance to have lunch at one of my favorite restaurants.

i've mentioned this place before, but it's been awhile, so if you're ever anywhere near milan, and you have a car, you should make a trip out to le proposte.

about an hours drive from milan you can find some of the most fresh, local food in italy.


the food at le proposte is simple, but classic.

when you arrive, you're asked if you would like the antipasti.

the answer is yes.

always.

here's a sample of what we had on our last visit.

selection of salumi

beans with olive oil and herbs

crostini with parmesan cream and strawberry

fried veggies: green onions, zucchini flowers, cauliflower

roasted pumpkin with balsamic
we also ordered two primis (pasta course) to share.

there's no physical menu at the restaurant. they just rattle off what they have that day. you can check their website in advance for what appears to be a fairly accurate version of what we were offered that day. (the menu is likely to change seasonally.)

tortelli di zucca - pumpkin ravioli

tortelli di fonduta con tartufo nero - fonduta cheese ravioli with black truffle

this cheese is super melty! 
we usually skip the secondi (the meat course) and head straight to dessert.

tortino alle fragole - strawberry tart

mousse di cioccolato - chocolate mousse
i love this restaurant. so much.

better than all the food was the amazing company.

peggy just happened to be visiting milan now that she's retired and living in vermont.

so this was a nice opportunity for the four of us to catch up.

ann, angela and peggy


if you get the chance to go, take it!

do have a favorite restaurant in italy? please share it with me in the comments!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

summer in the states. part deux.

scrolling through my iphone photos recently i noticed that i had actually remembered to take some photos of the time i spent in the states.

and had never posted them.

figures.

so here goes.

the savannah and ohio highlights.

my cousins, aunt and i went to a reds game. i hadn't been in years. but it was so fun.





wish that hat would actually sit on my head. 
almost all of us

I remember Pete playing from when I was growing up. #memories

we visited washington park and over the rhine.

growing up over the rhine was where you. do. not. go.

but now, it's been overhauled and gentrified.



music hall.

katie, nancy's daughter, me and my cousin nancy
we ate at camp washington chili. because chili and cincinnati are synonymous.

this was my first time trying camp washington.



verdict? next time i'm sticking with the gold standard, imo.

madtree brewing.

after some fun days exploring many of cincinnati's new revitalized areas and the local breweries that have come with it, i headed to columbus to meet up with two friends from bg.

sausage and cream puffs are the thing here.



strolling through germantown.

what's a fun couple of days with the girls without a charcoal mask?

i mean, this place is gigantic.

after ohio, i spent several weeks in the sultry south.

classic savannah cuisine.

celebrating my dad's 83rd birthday

my old school opened a new building

#rainbows

hanging out at sheila's

boiled peanuts.
#itsathing

these ladies. super women that have educated thousands and i've learned so much from them. 
and that about wraps it up! looking forward to another summer in savannah in just a few short weeks!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

36 hours in copenhagen.

this fall my niece and her husband planned a trip to europe.

the only weekend of their trip they were to be in copenhagen, so i flew there to meet up with them.

i took the day off friday and arrived early enough to have some time to explore. i have been in copenhagen before, but it had been several years.

i remembered this little market and that it was super cute and a great place to grab some lunch while you're out wandering around. it was one of my first stops.



there are so many options at this market. you are sure to find something to satisfy everyone's tastes.


walking the city i was reminded of the beautiful architecture and details that can be found.

i love the rounded edges and curvy spirals.






i met up with melissa and kevin at this easy to find place with a ton of beers on tap.


later in the evening, i met up with some other friends at this great beer place. it was a little more out of the way, if memory serves, and a louder environment, but lots of beer choices on tap.

on saturday, melissa and kevin chose to check out some copenhagen sites and having been previously i enjoyed the gardens and took some fun photos with the flowers instead of going inside.






we tried this ramen place, where you order your desired version from a vending machine basically and then take your receipt to the counter where they actually make the food. verdict: it was good, but not great.


it was such a treat having family show up in europe! i hope they'll come to visit me again soon!


you might also check out this article and this one for other ideas about how to spend your time.

public transport was pretty easy to figure out and i bought 24 hour tickets that offered unlimited rides. it was a rainy weekend and walking everywhere just wasn't going to happen. this ticket can also get you from the airport into town.

i've yet to make it to this crazy cool ceramics place, but my friends talk about it all. the. time. and i was gifted one of their ghosts. #nexttime

lastly, i stayed at this airbnb. it was just a rented room, but it was fine. prices are high in copenhagen and apartments with fair prices seemed hard to come by.