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Una Buona Notte

Una Buona Notte

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P1010265 Traveling is fun because you can try new things all the time.  But damn!  Sometimes you just want a burger or pizza or in this case a heaping plate of carbohydrates - Italian style!  Two weekends ago was another "stay-cation" weekend where we lounged in the pool, caught up on errands, and enjoyed a family style meal together.  (Catty used this time to craft together a paper mache piñata - above.)P1010269 P1010271 P1010274

(Pool staples - crutches and Thai Vogue...no, they aren't my crutches).P1010275 P1010276 P1010277

After a long day of swimming, the ladies and I decided we needed to catch up on our calorie intake.  So we headed to our usual grub spot - 8/1 - for morning glory, fried rice, shrimp and broccoli, fried shrimp, and omelets.   Morning glory (pad pak bung fai daeng) is a must-have at this joint!  The best way I can describe it is: sauteed spinach with garlic, chili peppers, oyster sauce, soy sauce and some soy beans.  Except the spinach is actually morning glory.  It is delicious, although I have to pick around the chilies because boy those are hot!  P1010281

Some of the male farang teachers are in a soccer league in Surat,so the girls decided to show some support at one of their matches.  And by "support" I mean we went to the pitch, drank beers, and talked.  Happy Sunday to us!P1010283 P1010285P1010289

Monday night was a great way to end a weekend and start our long work week.  (This week would feel particularly long because we had big plans for the upcoming weekend...post to come!)  My lovely roommate Haley and Ness put together a beautiful Italian dinner for us to enjoy and escape Thailand for a little while . With a box of wine in hand, we were greeted with bruschetta topped with tomatoes and mushrooms as an antipasto.  P1010290 P1010291 P1010293

(Chilean wine...Italian wine...it's all the same when your in Thailand and there is no wine).P1010296

Not only was the food beautiful, but these girls went all out with a table clothe, candles, and Christmas lights.  (When I had taco night we sat on the floor...they definitely upped the anti here).  P1010297 P1010298

Now, a salad may seem trivial to anyone back home who can get sick of seeing "house salad" or "caesar salad" on a menu.  But when this bowl of greens was dropped on the table, my mouth dropped with it.  Salad isn't a common thing here, so having crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and red onions tossed together with balsamic vinaigrette was an absolute treat!  P1010299P1010301

Next up:  gnocchi al sugo dolce.  Haley made home made gnocchi and really I could stop there.  But the sauce that went on top...that was amazing as well.  It had a perfect amount of sweetness in it and I probably could've eaten 6 portions of it.  P1010303 P1010304

With the gnocchi checked off my list, I couldn't have been happier to see more carbs approaching in the form of parmigiana!  The only carbs I get here are white rice, white rice, and oh, white rice.  Pasta is sorely missed by this American girl.  P1010305

As if the three previous courses weren't enough for these ladies to whip up in southeast Asia, they finished the evening presenting us with not one, but TWO homemade cakes!  A torta della nonna and torta di cioccolato.  Fabulous!  I can barely bake at home even when Sarah Lee only asks that I place a pie in the oven, so I was floored at the fact that they could A) bake like this and B) bake like this is a place where I can't even find unsweetened milk.  Bellissimo, ladies! P1010307

Not only did this meal make me miss home, but it made me miss living in Italy!  Every night was spent with wine, pasta, a beautiful atmosphere and beautiful people.  So when I walked out of this adorable porch area, I half expected to drive past the Duomo and stop for an espresso on the way back to my four-floor apartment over looking the Arno.  P1010309 P1010310P1010313P1010317 P1010320(Oh yea, and Daft Punk showed up as well...)

Big Weekend Shenanigans, Thanks to Big Buddha

Big Weekend Shenanigans, Thanks to Big Buddha

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