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Baby lamb chops with spinach and hummus

Last week I was craving for lamb  (I absolutely love lamb!!). As a result,  I went  to my trusted butcher and asked him for some lamb chops. To my disappointment, he only had baby lamb chops available but since my craving was so strong, I decided to buy them.  (Look forward for my post about my one and only butcher on my Shopping section).

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Veal with asparagus and fava bean coulis

It’s Springtime in Rome!  This is the season to taste  asparagus, fava beans, zucchini flowers, artichokes, mint, and strawberries (yummy!). Unfortunately, Spring produce does not last long so you have to make the most out of Spring harvest products before Summer’s produce arrives into markets!

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My last night in Athens – Attikos Greek House

When I travel to a city I have never been, I want to try the most genuine, home-made, typical cuisine in town. Nowadays in European cities (such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, etc.), there are restaurants that propose renovated or different versions of traditional dishes. Some of them succeed in offering creative and delicious dishes, others fail in that attempt. Unfortunately, it is easy to find restaurants with fake cuisines or those who claim their cuisine is genuine when in reality differs a lot from the traditional one. Let’s make it clear: tourists do not like restaurants that make a fool out of them. Read more

Hanging out at Monastiraki – O Thanasis

According to Greek Mythology, ambrosia was the food of the gods. In Athens, to me, ambrosia meant souvlaki !!!! Therefore, I invoked Athena – the goddess of wisdom – to pave me the way to one of the best souvlaki spots before leaving Athens. Since Athena is also the goddess of strategy, she guided me to Monastiraki, a charming area near the famous Athenian flea markets.

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A weekend in Athens – Oikeio Restaurant

Going away to Athens for a weekend, I asked my Greek friend, Chrysa,  to recommend me her favorites restaurants in Athens. Who would you trust more on eating out in Athens than a local?  

The first place she suggested was Oikeion, which is her favorite downtown restaurant in Athens. Located in Kolonaki (which means Little Column in greek) – the most chic and upmarket district in the city – Oikeion was definitely a pleasant surprise. When I got off the taxicab and got a first glance of the restaurant, I knew this was my type of place.

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Zucchini towers

I usually go to the market at lunch break since I don’t have time to shop for fresh vegetables and fruit in the morning (I am also too lazy to get up early!!!).  Looking for some interesting ingredients for tonight’s dinner,  I found some beautiful round zucchinis, my main ingredient for my appetizer. I also bought some yellow peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Let’s see what I came up with…

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Chicken with carrot lemon sauce and green onions

Today I was planning to cook a chicken entrée. I then popped into the organic food store near home, and stood in front the vegetable shelves for a while, thinking about which ingredients would be best for my dish.

There were fennels, chicory, different type of tomatoes, potatoes, leeks, fava beans, radicchio, etc. I saw some beautiful green onions, and I thought these were excellent for my chicken course. I love grilled or sautéed green onions since they have a sweet taste. However, I needed another ingredient and carrots seemed a perfect pair.

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Lunch at Trevignano

Trevignano is a beautiful village surrounding Bracciano Lake. It is located approximately 35 kilometers North of Rome.

Trevignano is one of the three villages surrounding Bracciano Lake (the other two are Bracciano and Anguillara).

One of the things I love from Trevignano is the walking trail along the peaceful banks of the lake, where you walk by the nature and small cafés.

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