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Chocolate truffle and white chocolate gelato

Kathryn says: You know a place is good when a local says it is. Sara, an Italian who I made friends with on the train, told me that Blue Ice was her favorite gelateria.

You also know a place is good when you’ve eaten there before and you remember it four years later. When J and I came to Rome in 2007 with our aunt and uncle, we enjoyed this shop.

Now, we’re back and ready for more. We ordered chocolate truffle (tortufo) and white chocolate, which had awesome roasted macadamia nuts in it. J and I were going to share it, but she didn’t like it that much, which meant more for me. 🙂 She was into the more bitter chocolate lately and I was into the sweeter chocolate.

Afterward, we strolled Piazza Navona and then it was lights out.

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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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K's midnight gelato

Kathryn says: J and I had a fun night at Astor, a local bar that borders the Duomo. It was NFL football night, so we watched TV and met people from New York and Ireland. Our Mom said we had to come back before 1 a.m. because the hotel’s main entrance locked at 1, but we joked that she made that up to get us back at a decent hour. We left about 15 minutes before 1 but made a quick detour to the gelateria next door. J couldn’t believe that I wanted sweets at such a late hour, but when you’re in the mood for gelato, you’re in the mood for gelato. The man working there gave J and I a lesson in gelato etiquette since business was quiet and he felt like venting, I guess. He said it’s ok to ask for samples when a place isn’t busy, but if there is a line, don’t ask for samples, just order. Gelato shops in Italy generally haven’t seemed keen to giving samples, J and I noticed. I enjoyed stracciatella (vanilla with chocolate chips).

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Muesli with hot milk, nocciola yogurt, kiwi, and Nocita chocolate hazelnut spread

Jamie says:  The kind woman in charge of breakfast at Hotel Maxim again presented us with four of the coveted nocciola (hazelnut) yogurts. (There were still none in the little refrigerator at the breakfast bar…she must have been saving all of them for us.)  I enjoyed one along with muesli (uncooked oatmeal and dried fruit) with hot milk (no low fat or fat free milk options here).  I saved the kiwi and Nocita chocolate hazelnut spread for for later.

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J's salad

J's arugula pizza

K's antipasto

Jamie says:  We ate dinner at on a side street (at the restaurante Giannino) not far from the Duomo and our Florence “home” (aka hotel room).  I ordered a salad which turned out to have a rainbow of  veggies on top and an arugula pizza with some black olives. The pizza crust was  thin compared to American pizza.  We enjoyed eating outside.

Kathryn says: I was craving meat and cheese, so I ordered the antipasto platter for dinner. It came with thick slices of salami, paper-thin prosciutto, two blocks of provolone, arugula, bruschetta, chicken liver pate (which I gave to Mom since I’m not a fan of liver) and a little bowl of artichokes with olive oil and cooked mushrooms on the bottom. It was salty and oily and pungent – everything I was looking for (except for the liver, of course). Afterward, J and I met some nice Italian locals and chatted on the steps of the Duomo. We picked up a few more Italian words, like tesoro, which means darling.

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Nannini bakery (Siena, Italy)

Ricciarelli al Cioccolato - chocolate cookie

Ricciarelli - vanilla cookie

Chocolate and vanilla cookies

Parade (Siena, Italy)

Parade (Siena, Italy)

Kathryn says: After our unforgettable lunch at Nona Gina’s, we wandered the small, hilly streets of Siena and window shopped. We happened upon a festive street parade. The young Italian man next to me tried to explain what they were celebrating, but the language barrier had me just nodding and smiling after awhile.

Once the parade passed us, J and I went shopping and found some cute purses at Carpisa.

Then we started walking to meet our parents to catch the bus, but two trays of cookies caught my eye in the window of Nannini bakery. I ran in to buy a couple of the sugar-dusted sweets for later. Once we found our parents, I couldn’t wait to pull the treats out to share. The cookies’ moist, soft insides and sweet, powdery outsides made for a savory couple of bites in our last few moments in Siena.

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Coffee, mint chocolate chip, and Bocci gelato

Jamie says:  We stopped at a gelateria called Gelateria Brivido (Via Pellegrini 1), right off Piazza del Campo in the medieval town of Siena. We agreed upon coffee, mint chocolate chip, and Bocci gelato.  Again K and I had our favorites and found them delicious!  I’d definitely recommend the place!

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