Cobb Salad at Luka’s

Story: I love San Francisco. Having traveled there six times, I always like to visit old and new places. I also try to plan a day trip to Oakland, which is just a short ferry ride or BART ride from San Francisco. On my third visit to San Francisco, my mom and I made a…

Title: Beignets

Story: The first time I was in Savannah, GA, my mom and I woke up really early and decided to find a breakfast spot. We took a walk on the Riverwalk and found Huey’s on The River. They had beignets with a praline pecan sauce on their menu. My mom and I decided to try…

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time…

Italy: Naples

On the Road Again After leaving the beauty that is Matera, we headed out in our tour bus toward Naples.  As we made our way through the Italian countryside, we passed many waterways and fertile green hills. All of a sudden, as we crest yet another hill, the Bay of Naples comes into view along…

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant…

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized…

Italy: Grotte di Castellana and Masseria Papaperta

History of the Grotte di Castellana The Grotte di Castellana is a series of caves in the Itria Valley that began to form over 90 million years ago. During the Cretaceous period, the valley was submerged by an ancient sea. For millions of years the lifeforms (shellfish and marine plants) left their carcasses on the…

Italy: Alberobello

The Road to Alberobello After leaving Ostuni, we made our way to our next stop on our tour of Italy, Alberbello.  As we drove down highway, we began to see cylindrical structures with conical roofs doting the hillsides.  These structures are called trulli’s and they are defining landmarks of Alberobello. Alberobello’s history is a tale…

Italy: Ostuni

Ostuni is a hilltop city that was believed to have been established by the Messappi people. In the 8th century BC, the Messappi started to build the first fortified towns in the region. These city was eventually attacked and defeated by Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Around 216 BC, the region was conquered by the…

Italy: Lecce and Otranto

Lecce is a southern Italian city that was founded over 2000 years ago by the Messapii people. The city’s main export is a very soft and malleable stone, which is traditionally used to carve sculptures. The city is also known for its olive oil, wine and ceramic production. The city landscape displays a plethora of…