Now that I live in Europe, I have managed to check list my travelling bucket list that I have since I was a little child. And I gotta tell ya, the list is loooong, waaay toooo loong to mention. There are places like Petra, Napa Valley, Manchu Pichu, The Pasific Highway or Andalusia that I still need to go to, but last July I was able to check out one of the many while in Italy. It was Cinque Terre! Checked!
I have to tell you. If you go to Italy, Florence is one of the must visit cities, even though only for one day. I have been in Firenze (Florence or Fiorentina, you name it) in 2010 and was extremely delighted by … well… the charms of the city. It is not Rome, It is not Venice… It’s Firenze. It’s Tuscany in a city. When you have just arrived at the train station Santa Maria Novella, you won’t believe me but when you are at Piazza Michelangelo, you will know what I mean.
I made Lasagna today since I still have one package of ricotta in the fridge and all I can think of is Italian food. Ok, ok, Lasagna tastes better with béchamel sauce, but this time I make it with ricotta cheese. The basic of the red sauce is the Bolognese sauce as you know it. Lasagna is pretty heavy as a dish but it is as comforting as soul food should be. Want to know how to make one? This one is my version, practically based on the authentic recipe from Bologna.
A few posts earlier I mentioned about my plan of having my birthday “celebration” in Verona, at Giuletta’s house to be precise. Why? Because my name is Yulia, which is derived from Juliet, a.k.a Giuletta. Haha, nice try! However, Verona is quite far from Bologna, our main post for the week in Italy and after having two hectic days with the little one, it was wiser to stay in the city and explore it instead.
Have I not told you that this journey to Italy is basically inspired by programmes or movies I have seen on television or Netflix? And Modena is one of the places I wanted to see after watching the documentary series Chef’s Table. I have watched how chef’s Massimo Bottura cooked in the documentary and very curious about the dishes he creates. His restaurants Osteria Francescana is one of the best restaurants in the world and I am sure there would be pages of ethic rules just to go into his restaurants and going to a three Michelin stars restaurant with a child is not a good idea. I am sure the Matrie D of the restaurant would not like it either. So what did we do?