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Hot salami and provolone wrap (Venice, Italy)

Kathryn says: It was tough to say goodbye to Venice. We boarded the water taxi and I sat at the front, taking in my last moments here as we rode along, watching boats and gondolas pass us by.

When we arrived at the train station, we had about an hour to kill, so we went for a quick lunch. I didn’t expect it to be too good since it was the closest restaurant to the station, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had a flavorful, warm wrap with salami, melted provolone, lettuce and spinach. And I left room for dessert…

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Fratellini in Firenze (sandwich shop)

Fratellini in Firenze (sandwich shop)

Wine shelf on storefront wall

Prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich with lettuce and arugula

Salami, artichoke and goat cheese sandwich

J & K and our sandwiches

Our family eating lunch on a bench

Jamie says:  After strolling through the Uffitzi Museum (my favorite piece of art was The Birth of Venus), we grabbed lunch at a tiny sandwich shop called Fratellini in Firenze (not far from the Duomo in Florence).  Walking by, if you blink you might miss it.  It was so charming and bustling with people.  The customers sat on the curb of the street and ate their sandwiches and drank wine.  The wine glasses were then returned to a little shelf built in the exterior of the wall of the store front.  Quite charming indeed.  There was a line; we got in it and someone from the restaurant passed out a little piece of paper with the menu on it (one side in English, the other side in Italian).  I ordered a prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich and asked for lettuce or arugula on it (surprisingly, the man was happy to give me both).  Kathryn ordered a prosciutto sandwich with provolone, artichoke, and arugula.  Dad found a nice bench on the next street and we sat, ate our tasty little sandwiches, and made friends with a couple from Miami who were on vacation with their young boy.  He was eating a gelato; we would soon be, too…

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Seafood salad (Florence, Italy)

Seafood salad (Florence, Italy)

Eggplant with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil (Florence, Italy)

Chocolate gelato (Florence, Italy)

Jamie says:  We had an idea what lunch would be.  The day before we passed a window with a huge platter of seafood salad (insalata di mare).  It was quite colorful with its purple calamari and border of sliced lemons. We walked into the restaurant (Snack Self-Service Marchetti), and I immediately ordered that and K chose an eggplant dish with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.  It was absolutely delicious.  The cheese was so soft, fresh, and creamy (almost like a ricotta)… the best cheese I’ve ever had. Kathryn agrees.  And I loved the seafood salad.  My Dad ordered something that came with a small gelato for one Euro more.  We shared the chocolate gelato and were off to do Rick Steve’s Renaissance Walk on our iPhones and iPods.

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Breakfast spread at Hotel Maxim (Florence, Italy)

Mixed fruit, kiwi, muesli, and milk at Hotel Maxim in Florence, Italy

Hazelnut yogurt, chocolate-hazelnut spread, cheese, cookies, bread and fruit salad at Hotel Maxim in Florence, Italy

Kathryn says: Buon giorno (Good morning)! It’s our first morning in Firenze, Italia (Florence, Italy), and our excitement overshadowed our jet lag as we approached our hotel’s breakfast buffet. We chose from an assortment of yogurts, cereals and breads and a mixed fruit salad and plate of cheese. I easily gravitated to the nocciola (hazelnut) yogurt over the typical fruit flavors, and it ended up being the best yogurt of my life. By the way, I’ve tried a lot of yogurts back home in Florida. This yogurt was smooth and creamy, yet watery like Dannon, and it was bursting with nutty sweetness. The fruit salad was OK – it tasted like a canned diced fruit medley of peaches, pears and marachino cherries. But the warm, flaky croissant with a sugar glaze was out-of-this-world with some Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) on top. Are you noticing a pattern already? Hazelnut-flavored food is common and oh-so-tasty here. I also tried the cheese  – soft white wedges individually wrapped in gold foil. I drizzled honey on top, and it was rich and creamy. Add in the hot chocolate I made with their chocolate powder and hot milk, and you could  say I had a decadent, indulgent breakfast. It was a perfect way to start the day in Italy. I saved the pre-packaged cookies for a later day.

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Alitalia chicken penne, tomatoes and mozzarella, fruit, crackers, cheese, and roll

Jamie says:  K and I boarded the plane for… Italy!  Soon after, our Alitalia airplane dinner was served.  My first thought- what small portion sizes!  My second thought- no dessert?  Despite the small size, dinner was pretty good- chicken pasta with veggies (the highlight of the meal), a hard roll (slightly stale), cheese (made the bread palatable), fruit (a few bites worth- I put the grapes and the cheese on the bread and found it quite enjoyable), crackers (I didn’t think I’d eat them, but hunger called, so I dipped ‘em in butter), some powdered milk (I’m saving that for later).  I ate everything on the tray…still hungry.  I pulled out the pretzels and cracker mix that I saved from earlier in the flight, ate it, and called it a night.  I actually got some good rest.

Alitalia airplane breakfast

A few hours later… breakfast time.  Yogurt, a hot apple pastry pocket, and Milano cookies.  Not your typical breakfast meal.  I didn’t think I could eat it for breakfast, but forced down a few bites and saved the cookies for later.  I think my body hadn’t quite adjusted to the time change yet.

It was 9 hours and 14 minute flight.  In a nutshell, I ate, slept, read, and ate some more.  The time flew by.  Kathryn made friends with the Italian flight attendant who seemed to like her.

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Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Storefront

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Storefront

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Take-Out Counter

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Take-Out Counter

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Dining Area

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Dining Area

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Signed Food Network Poster

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Signed Food Network Poster

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Water with the Best Ice

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies Water with the Best Ice

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies- 1/2 Gorgonzola Salad

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies- 1/2 Gorgonzola Salad

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies- 1/2 Chicken Hogie, Green Peppers, Onions, and Provolone Cheese with Red Sauce

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies- 1/2 Chicken Hogie, Green Peppers, Onions, and Provolone Cheese with Red Sauce

Jamie says:  Before heading back to Gainesville, Kathryn and I had to satisfy our craving for a Sonny’s “chickensteak” hogie (Sonny’s spells hoagie h-o-g-i-e…wierd, I know) at Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies in Hollywood (1857 N. 66th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33024; tel. 954-989-0561).  This hole-in-the-wall restaurant, just recently received some fame by being highlighted on The Food Network and published in our local newspapers (the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald)!  Because we don’t eat red meat, Kathryn and I ask for the steak hogie to be made with chicken.  We load it up with mushrooms, onions, green bell pepper, and provolone cheese; and order the red sauce on the side (to dip the bread in).  The bread is made fresh daily at the restaurant.  We also enjoy the salad, which is served with a hefty portion of Gorgonzola cheese (we also reserve the salad bowl to dip the bread in the dressing).  And I know this may sound silly, but Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies Restaurant serves THE BEST ice in their beverages (Tijuana Flats takes a close second place).  Although the restaurant is simple, the food and service is great!  (The prices are very reasonable; but it’s cash only.)

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Kathryn says: Jamie, Mom and I went for a girls’ lunch out at Himmarshee Bar & Grille (210 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).

It was absolutely delicious, by far one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to.  The flavors of the food were so rich and intense.  The price was quite reasonable for the quality.

Pretty much everything on the menu looked good, so we got two appetizers and a salad for starters.

Mom requested an item that is normally on the dinner menu – the stuffed dates.  We ate those first, and it was by far our favorite part of the meal.
Stuffed dates

Stuffed dates

Next came the amazing salad.  I loved the crunchy bread crumbs baked onto the goat cheese.

Goat cheese and apple salad

Nut crusted goat cheese salad

Then came the interesting polenta fries – interesting because I’d never heard of them before.  They were plain, but I dipped them in ketchup.  Puntos for the cool presentation though.

Polenta fries

Polenta fries

And on to the main courses!
I got a delectable grilled vegetable pizzanini – a cross between a pizza and a panini.  Sliced green squash, red peppers, tomatoes, arugula and goat cheese with balsamic on Focaccia bread.  With thin, crispy, salty garlic chips.  I’m not usually a fan of chips but I couldn’t stop eating these!
Vegetable pizzanini with garlic chips
Vegetable pizzanini with garlic chips
Jamie got the tuna burger with cucumber seaweed salad.  Both were very flavorful and full of oriental spice.
Tuna sandwich with cucumber seaweed salad

Tuna sandwich with cucumber seaweed salad

Mom got macaroni and cheese with crab and truffle sauce.  Amazing, but a bit rich.

Macaroni and cheese with crab and truffle sauce

Macaroni and cheese with crab and truffle sauce

No room for dessert.  Besides, we had it first (those dates)!

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