The thrill and the tragedy of expat life are one in the same: you are not from here. The irresistible draw of “not-from-here” is what drives many to travel or settle abroad. When you are an expat, you can take pride in your not-from-here-ness. You wear it like a badge of honor. You revel in […]
Deep in the Trader Joe’s freezer section, between the vegetarian gyoza and marinated Mahi, you will find gnocchi alla sorrentina. When I was 22, the ink still drying on my bachelors degree, I moved to a new city and into a one bedroom apartment. All by myself, for the first time ever. Frozen gnocchi alla […]
Three years ago, it was sunny. I remember. It was sunny but it was also colder than it is now. Three years ago, it was a Sunday. I remember. I remember because he suggested that we climb the Vittoriano and take a look at Rome. The monument goes by many names: Vittoriano, Vittorio Emmanuele II, Alatare […]
Vino! Litro – 2 Euro! Finding a local vino sfuso shop was an epiphany. I was living in San Lorenzo, Rome’s concentrated student quarter, so such shops were not difficult to come by. You could bring your own bottle, or opt for a plastic container on site and then select your desired vintage from a […]
Whereas the ochre and terra cotta give Rome a sun kissed aura in summer, the city shows its age in winter. The fading colors and decaying structures are antiqued under a grey sky. It was a good day for a walk.
There are a lot of great rooftop bars in Rome, but one of the most intimate and charming is the tiny seating area at the tippy top of Hotel Raphael. It might seem strange to hang out at a hotel if you LIVE in Rome, but this is truly a unique and beautiful place in a […]
I have several bloggers to thank for my food finds today. This morning, I set off for the San Paolo neighborhood of Rome. It was a surreal walk from the metro to my alma mater, where I had been invited to give a short lecture. As strange as it felt to be back at school, […]