Tourist Tuesday: Rome

DSCN2678I don’t know how to start this post other than to gush. I love Rome. Being there makes me so happy. Yesterday was Ryan and my two-year wedding anniversary and we celebrated with a long weekend in Rome. It was wonderful.¬†Yes, the traditional gift for this anniversary is cotton (in Rome he got a sweatshirt and I got a tea towel), but I think maybe the second year anniversary gift should be pizza and gelato instead.

Part of the reason I love Rome is that I studied abroad there seven years ago during my junior year. Living in Rome was the first time I was away from home for so long and the first time I lived in a city. I ate so much pizza, pasta, and gelato. My roommates and I also cooked dinner together almost every night and befriended the local shop owners. We’d buy the fresh pesto and the guys in the store would give us free chocolate. My roommate Inga became one of my best friends, and with our upstairs neighbors Charlie and Michelle, we tore up the city. Continue reading

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Chocolate Lava Cake

image (27)When I was growing up my brother and I got to pick where we wanted to go for our birthday dinner. We could pick whatever meal and whatever kind of place. I grew up outside of Baltimore so sometimes it was a pit-beef dive and many times it was a crab feast at home. But a number of times we went to Roy’s. Roy’s is a Hawaiian fusion restaurant in downtown Baltimore, and the food is really good, but the molten chocolate lava cake is to die for. Sometimes I would pick Roy’s, sometimes Eric would pick Roy’s, and sometimes we’d both pick Roy’s. Our birthdays are only three weeks apart but that lava cake was WORTH IT. Ryan and I even went to Roy’s with our parents the day we got engaged. I have no idea what we had for dinner, but we had lava cake. And yes we were newly engaged, but we didn’t share, because yeah, it’s that serious. Continue reading