Greetings friends and fellow food lovers. If my blog has been a little quiet lately, it’s because I’ve been in Italy on vacation for the last two weeks! Pretty rough, I know. Italy is a beautiful, special country and certainly a culture that cherishes its food. It’s been a few years since I’ve spent significant time in Europe (I lived in France for 8 months in 2006), and in the time since have made major changes to my diet, so I was curious (and maybe a little nervous) to see how I would do. After all, my daily diet with whole grains, vegetables, and a variety of high quality proteins is pretty different from the pizzas, pastas, and gelato of Tuscany. Especially because, since I’ve been pregnant, my stomach has been a little more sensitive than usual.
I’m happy to report that not only did I survive, but I was able to really enjoy a lot of the best dishes Italy had to offer. We started off in Tuscany,where red meat, pasta, pizza and gelato reign. Interestingly, wild boar is a major staple on menus. I saw it so frequently that I even asked a local if the wild boar was truly wild these days, vs. farm-raised (it is – which is cool bc wild game tends to have more nutrients than farm-raised meat). Anyways, I sampled that in a few pastas and a polenta dish, and it was quite tasty. My favorite food – pizza – didn’t disappoint, and we took elaborate means to identify and travel to some of the best pizzerias in Florence. The pizza there is practically paper thin, which really lets you taste how delicious the fresh tomato sauce and toppings are. And the [...]