Como en Casa goes holidays!
Yes, we also take a few days off from time to time. This year (for a change) we headed towards a good place gastronomically speaking, visiting the Italian coastal region of Liguria – which meant beach, sea breeze, cozy litte old towns and obviously loads of good food. So during a somewhat chilly thursday night the three of us, Mr. Fulano, Mrs. Fulanita and Menganita, stuffed a car with all of our summery clothes, beach games, sun block and other colorful holiday utensils, turned the radio on and off we went, AL MARE!
And since we had some really good experiences and gastronomic discoveries, we’d like to share with you a few impressions from these summery days.
We stayed in the small town of Lerici, nearby La Spezia, which is located directly on the coast. Fishing boats cover up almost all of the panorama, and fresh fish is brought in from the sea daily and sold directly at the dock in the local “Spaccio Ittico”.
It goes without saying that the latter became Mr. Fulano’s absolute favorite place in no time. It was great to stroll by, chat with the fishermen, listen to stories about oysters and sharks (!), learning from them how to prepare the various types of fish they had caught that same morning.
Among the other local specialties (apart from some generous mosquito bites we also had the pleasure to try out) we especially enjoyed Focaccia di Recco – a typical flat bread similar to pizza dough, stuffed with stracchino soft cheese and baked in the stone oven.
Keeping up with the carbohydrates, we also gave the local “street food” Farinata a try (left side on the picture). This golden flat bread made with chickpea flour immediately reminded us of its argentinian cousin, the “Fainá”, which is prepared in almost the same way.
When in Italy, never forget to take a good aperitivo! – a suggestion which we obviously obeyed more than once. The local beer Petrognola as well as the great drinks mixed at Lerici’s Bar Corona were definitely worth more than one round.. hicks…
And while Mr. Fulano was eager to explore every single little shop of regional organic produce..
… the girls were diligently trying out the healthiest natural foods from the local candy stores 🙂
One great highlight was our visit to the big market of La Spezia – the “Mercato centrale”, where freshly caught fish is sold along with fruit, vegetabe, cheeses, handmade pasta and many more fascinating things.
Another very lovely day we spent in the nerby Cinque Terre, to which we took a ferry trip sailing across the Gulf of La Spezia, passing by the promontory of the idyllic town of Portovenere. We then partly hiked (hiking between vineyards in the rain on the only rainy day of the whole holiday is certainly something one has to do at least once in his life!), partly moved by ferry to the different Cinque Terre villages.
Also on this trip, (almost) no carbohydrates were harmed.
In Manarola we discovered a beautiful bar called Nessun Dorma. We sat down there for a small aperitivo with an amazing view of the sea, enjoying the sun that was finally coming out again and a little selection of snacks that came with the drinks (happiness!)
All in all, a lovely trip with a lot of inspiration, which made us come back with recharged batteries and new ideas. Where are you heading to this summer?