Spaghetti alla Carbonara

It’s pretty obvious how I like pasta very much, and it’s amongst the dozens of reasons why I was eager to visit Italy.  The kind of pasta I enjoyed much as a kid however, is not as the same as the Italian’s.

Pinoy pasta is quite different.

Our version of spaghetti bolognese has the usual ingredients, yet we add some extras like hot dogs, sugar and banana ketchup that all in all, give a bit of sweet taste.  My favorite carbonara has a creamy white sauce topped with ham and bacon; a balanced mix of all-purpose cream, cream of mushroom soup and evaporated milk defines it.

Now here I get a very meaty spaghetti bolognese, sans the sweetness and the ‘tender juicy hotdogs.’  And the carbonara?  Well, it’s still as creamy as the one I would have back home.  Until my trip to Rome, I came across the real carbonara for the first time.  Less creamy, but boy oh boy, it was divine! Read more

A Garlicky Menu: Gambas Al Ajillo & Aglio et Olio Pasta

I somehow believe that the best cuisines in the world share this highly valued culinary spice.  Asian cooking cannot live a day without it.  The Spanish and Italians would agree that the more you use this ingredient wonder, the more delightful your dish will be.

Old mother’s trick has credited its ability to avert diseases.  Folklores claimed it has ward off vampires.  But if you eat too much of it, its distinct pungent aroma keep the people from coming near to you.

Garlic is indispensable in every cooking.  Love or hate it?  For sure, I love it!

Do you now fancy a full garlicky meal?  Let me share with you these two recipes that you’ll surely enjoy – a quick Spanish shrimp dish and an easy-to-prepare Italian pasta. Read more

An Overnight Stay in Genoa

The Nordic wind seemed to tell us that summer would be gone soon in a couple of weeks in Denmark.  By September, the good chance we could still catch the summer breeze is when we go further south.  So, a day after we tied the knot in Aeroskobing, we headed back to Copenhagen and took a flight back to Switzerland.

The next morning, we found ourselves heading towards the Mont Blanc Tunnel.  Then it’s official – we’re definitely heading to Italy!

I’ve always liked Italy.

After visiting Florence once and Rome twice, I couldn’t get my mind off from wishing to explore this beautiful country more.  By the time we were already looking for our honeymoon destination, I said it right away, “I want to go (back) to Italy.” Read more

48 Hours in Aerø Island

Finding Ærøskøbing was like discovering a light tower in the middle of the night at sea.  Amidst our constant search until we found Denmark, we felt right away that Ærøskøbing is the perfect place for us to get married.  I got swooned right away upon knowing that this hidden island is dubbed as Denmark’s fairytale town.

Indeed, Ærøskøbing is one hidden beauty in the Danish Baltic Sea.

Its idyllic charm is accentuated by narrow cobblestone lanes and picturesque houses dating back from the 17th century, along with historical establishments that speak about its commercial and maritime progress in the past.  Ærøskøbing seems to be a “town-in-a-bottle.” It is a quaint, peaceful place that would make you feel the time stops for you while its natural, rustic, unassuming beauty continues to flow around. Read more

A Day in Copenhagen

We got the wind of Nordic romance when we chose to get hitched in a Danish island called Aeroskobing in 2013.  By that year too, Denmark had taken again the top spot on the United Nation’s World Happiness Report.

Definitely, we are convinced.

Freedom to make life choices is surely one of the reasons why this country is amongst the happiest, and we’re evenly glad that the Danes share this value with foreign couples like us.

But before we headed to the Danish island, we went and stayed in Copenhagen first.

Copenhagen is the capital and the most populated city of Denmark.  Founded as a fishing village in the 10th century, it became the country’s capital in the 15th century. Read more

10 Things I Learned After Living in Switzerland

Time goes so fast indeed.  I remember how I would constantly remind myself that I won’t be able to stay long in Switzerland.

Three months was enough.  Then I got a job.  Okay, two more months. Then came six more, then a year, and least than I expected, I was able to live in Switzerland for surprisingly four long years!

I took that giant leap out of my comfort zone.  Since then, things have never been the same again.

Away from my home country, living in Switzerland has taught me a lot and changed me in so many ways.  True enough, you’ll get a better understanding of yourself and what surrounds you, once you expand your horizon. Read more