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  • Della Palma gelato in Rome

    Anyone who ever been in Italy would agree that Italian icecream is the best in the world. It’s hard to believe it until you try, but it’s totally worth it even if you are not into sweets at all.

    You can only have so much icecream in one vacation, so it’s important to find the best one for your taste which means trying different flavors. Some of them are pretty exotic, like chilli chocolate, but if you are into experiments you have a big chance of finding something very awesome.

    They sell gelato pretty much everywhere in Rome, there are café chains (like “Blue ice”), there are single small and big shops and I am very sure it’s possible to find real homemade gelato, which should be the best.

    Both times I’ve been in Rome I stopped by Della Palma café on Via Maddalena at some point. They serve over 100 flavors of gelato and it’s impossible not to try any. I posted a small panorama below made with my phone to show the scale of the place, you can spend the first half an hour just reading through the articles to find the best mix for the first round. It’s pretty cheap there as well, as far as I remember they sell 3 flavors for 3 euros or something like that, which is less than a pint of Guinness in Ireland ))

    My favourite mix btw is double creme pistachio with rich creme chocolate )

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    Irish Examiner food festival in Cork 2012

    There will be food photos in this post because I just returned from the Irish Examiner food festival in Fitzgerald park and I couldn’t help taking few macro shots of the tasty things they have in there.

    In was the first time I went to this festival, and it was a lot of fun. Basically it’s a park area where Cork restaurants, pubs and local brands present their food and drinks. There are places to sit everywhere, I liked the bean bags near the fountain) You pay the entrance fee, but the food inside is not expensive at all, they serve small portions and you can walk around and taste a lot of things starting from steak and fries and finishing with strawberries in chocolate.

    I liked it there, it was nice to be there in the evening, the music was great, the food was tasty, and it was fun in general )

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    Saturday breakfast in Amicus

    It’s been a while since I posted photos of the breakfast here, so this time I got few tasty shots in “Amicus Paul street” on Saturday morning and wanted to share them with you.

    It’s hard to find a place to eat in the morning on the weekend (surprisingly). It is surprising, because to my opinion weekend is when people actually want to eat out in the morning. But looks like Amicus is one of the few places that open up early, on Saturday they open at 8.30 which is incredibly early for Cork standards )
    Just to compare, Market Lane opens at 12…

    Eggs Benedict were very tasty, kinda got addicted to them lately, couldn’t stand them before though )

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    Obika mozzarella bar in Rome

    This time in Rome I had a “mozzarella and prosciutto” phase, so it was hard for me to miss a mozzarella bar. It’s a network of restaurants called Obika, they all have the same design (which reminds me of sushi bars for some reason). But anyway, it is a real mozzarella bar – all dishes from the menu include one of the four types of mozzarella they offer.

    One thing I loved the most there was Crema di Pomodoro ‘La Motticella’, it’s a cold tomato soup with bazil that they serve with crostini and burrata, a creamy mozzarella. It’s the first time I tried it, basically it’s a cream with slices of mozzarella blent in it. It’s incredibly tasty if you mix it up with the soup.

    I had it in the airport on the way back, luckily there was an Obika restaurant in Fiumicino )

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    Restaurants and food in Rome

    I never liked Italian food before I went to Italy. I wasn’t really a pizza fan, Parma ham was too salty for me, and mozzarella was well, something that doesn’t have much taste at all. Of course it’s only true if you buy all of the above in the nearest Tesco.

    Going to Rome kinda changed my views on the Italian food completely. I had the most awesome pizza ever, very simple and thin and crispy. And mozzarella with prosciutto is just the right thing to eat when it’s about 30 degrees outside. And gnocchi with different sauces. I even brought some home and cooked it with the four cheese sauce – was ok-ish, but I miss the real Italian ones…

    Restaurants in Rome are everywhere, streets in the city center are not very wide in general, but there is always a row of small cafe tables at least on one side. I really like it there, especially in the evening when candles and lanterns are lightened up, there are flower pots everywhere and people are just sitting and talking and having a nice meal – it’s a great way to spend the evening.

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