Life update: Dreams do come true. I left Rome in June 2014 after 10 unreal weeks of studying abroad hoping that one day I would be able to come back. My boyfriend had studied abroad the term before me (poor planning, we know), so we had switched continents for 7 months straight and wanted to experience the Eternal City together. We stumbled upon miraculously inexpensive tickets and the exchange rate with the Euro was good, so we booked flights and an Airbnb and started scheming. We only had a week...where would we eat???
I started my first blog the last time I was in Rome as a way to keep my family and friends updated on what I was eating for every meal. Here I am two and a half years later coming up on The Millennial Menu's one year anniversary (June 1 people! Mark your calendars!). I traveled to 14 cities in Europe over the three months I spent there with Rome as my home base and food was such an important part of my travel experience. I insisted so many times that we trek to the cheapest cheap eats or to the local favorite at the end of the tram line, and through this, I experienced and explored cities through one of the truest forms of culture there is, food.
Our trip lived up to all of my memories and we made so many new ones, exploring somewhere that we both called home at different times for the first time together. We strolled by the Pantheon enjoying a Giolitti cone, took a cooking class, traveled to Frascati for a vineyard tour, attended (my second) Easter Mass at the Vatican, climbed the dome at St. Peter's, and ate solely carbs for 7 days straight. I've shared a few of my favorite snapshots below.
I am excited and nervous to announce that I will be releasing a Millennial Menu "Guide to Rome" e-book (!) in Fall 2017 that will take you to all my favorite places (and maybe even suggest what you should do in between meals, if you're lucky), informed by 3 months of studying abroad in Rome and my recent travels back (confirmed: everything is still as delicious as I remembered). Food is an important part of my life not just in the kitchen when I cook it myself, but also experienced at restaurants and cafes and ice cream shops with friends and family, whether here in Boston or around the world. I have no idea what this project will look like but I know that eating good food is something I am passionate about and something I want to share with you all. So hang in there until fall 2017, and maybe start looking at flights to Rome...
Fresh ravioli purchased from a tiny old Italian woman at a shop in Trastevere for Easter dinner.
Enjoying my favorite lunch in Rome. Do I look legit enough to write an e-book?
I ordered carbonara at every restaurant we went to for dinner, simply because that was what I ordered every time we ate out when I was abroad and because I needed to compare my favorites to each other. This version at my new favorite restaurant in Trastevere was by far my favorite, featuring delicious homemade spaghetti and fatty pieces of guanciale (pork cheek a.k.a. better bacon).
I'm pretty sure any sandwich would be enjoyable on a breezy, sunny, 70 degree day in front of the Trevi Fountain, but this one was gourmet.