Must Have Foods In Italy

There are quite a few reasons why people vacation to Italy.  Tourists come from all over the world to see ancient buildings and monuments, historic cities with rich culture, and to eat some of the best food that is known throughout the globe.

I’m sure you have a favorite Italian restaurant that you frequently dine at in your hometown.  You probably think that the food just can’t get any better than what’s served at this American-Italian cuisine.  We are here to delightfully enlighten you that it does get better.

If you get to travel to Italy, here are a few foods that you must try while you’re vacationing.

Pizza

Pizza is a no brainer, right? Pizza is at the top of everyone’s favorite food, but they have never experienced anything like a slice of heaven from a local pizzeria in Italy.  There’s no other food that represents the country of Italy like Pizza, where Margherita style is the preferred choice.  There’s nothing like the simple combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil that will have your taste buds begging for more.

Ossobuco

This Italian favorite is a bone-in veal shank that is cooked slow and low in the oven for at least 3 hours, or until the meat tenderly falls off the bone.  It’s best cooked in a pot of meat broth and veggies to get a mouthful of flavors and spices.  The best way to serve ossobuco is over a plate of polenta or with thick noodles called pici.  Not very many American-Italian restaurants put this item on their menu because of how tedious and time consuming it is to perfect this dish, which is why it’s always a treat to have a plate in Italy.

Carbonara

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Italians love carbs, and there is no shortage of carbs in this dish.  It’s nearly impossible to travel around Italy without having a dish of pasta.  Carbonara is one of the most popular pastas in Italy because of the simple, yet delicious ingredients: spaghetti, egg, cheese, black pepper, and bacon.  Yes, bacon.  How can you pass up a dish of pasta that has bacon in it?  The dish is rich in flavor with a creamy sauce and the sodium you get from the bits of bacon that you’ll have in each bite.  If you have a bucket list of foods to try, you might want to put this one at the top of your list.

Gelato

We’ll flip the menu over and now look at the desserts. There is nothing that says Italy more than a cup of Gelato.  To put it in simple terms, it’s kind of like ice cream, but not really.  Gelato is much more dense then ice cream, but at the same time it can quickly melt in your mouth. This dessert is also known to be sweet and full of flavor that will punch your taste buds right in the face.

Tiramisu

Although you may not find Gelato on every dessert menu in Italy, Tiramisu is usually the first choice of dessert after a big bowl of pasta.  This is typically everyone’s after dinner dessert because of the delicious combination of coffee and mascarpone cheese.  That’s it.  The ingredients are simple, but don’t let that deceive you into thinking that this dish isn’t worth ordering off the menu.  The only real way to experience the best Tiramisu is in a local cuisine in a town in Italy.

Keep in mind that this is just a short list of some of our favorite foods that we devoured while touring Italy.  Please don’t be offended if you don’t see your favorite Italian meal on our list. Thank you to the well known San Francisco movers who sponsored this post out of the goodness of their heart.

 

Favorite Destinations in California

If you’ve ever traveled to California for vacation, then you probably could build a similar list of favorite places to visit throughout the Golden State.  You have so many different options to choose from when planning a vacation when you choose the west coast for your time away.

Whether you’ve been to California before, or you are looking to travel there in the near future, here is a list of places that you should go to, or revisit the next time you end up on the beautiful west coast.

Disneyland

This might seem obvious to most as to why Disneyland is at the very top of this list.  Where else would you rather be than the happiest place on earth to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or vacationing with friends and family?  Disneyland is in Anaheim, Ca and attracts over 20 million people each year to the world famous theme park.

If you’re looking for first class, then staying at the hotel in Downtown Disney is the way to go.  The amenities  are endless with the most popular aspect being the pool and water slides just behind the hotel.  You’ll also get quick access to the park as you are within walking distance of the entrances to Disneyland & California Adventure.

A trip to Disneyland is an obvious choice for anyone spending time in California

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Surprised a bit?  Yes, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must stop for people young and old.  This Aquarium is one of the most prestigious Aquariums in all of the world.  Yes, we said world!

Millions of people visit the Aquarium on a yearly basis to see unique sides to life in the ocean.  What also attracts millions of people is the fact that it sits at the end of the famous Cannery Row, which has been popularized by John Steinbeck in his novel “Cannery Row”.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium is where you’ll get to see million gallon tanks complete with all species that live in the ocean.  There are also fun stations for little children who seek a multi-sensory experience in being able to touch and play with starfish, bat rays, clams and other forms of life.

Complete your weekend in Monterey by visiting the Aquarium and spending the day at the bay in Monterey.

17 Mile Drive

Just East of Cannery Row on Highway 68 is where you’ll find 17 mile drive.  This is one scenic drive that you’ll never forget as you will have views of the most prestigious places to play golf; Pebble Beach.  Not only will you get to see once in a life time views of Pebble, but you’ll also have jaw dropping views of mansions that sit on thousands and thousands of square feet.

17 mile drive is a quiet and luxurious drives that are worth every picture.  It’s definitely worth to take the trip at least once.

San Francisco

This is one city that you’ll probably need more than just a few days to experience it all.  San Francisco has so much to offer, from the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Ghiaradelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, & Westfield San Francisco Centre, which is a 9 story mall with over 6,000 5 star google reviews.

Riding the trolleys are one way to fully experience everything San Francisco has to offer.  Taking tour rides on a trolley are jam packed with entertainment as you get to see different historical monuments, world known parks, and popular neighborhoods throughout San Francisco that make it what it is today.

Jack London Square

Just on the other side of the bay in Oakland is where Jack London Square sits.  In fact it sits right on the water and has many different bars and restaurants with water front views.  Jack London Square is popular for people to walk around the water front, get a taste of fine cuisine with restaurants that serve different kinds of food throughout the world, and enjoy a little entertainment at a sports bar that has bowling lanes inside.

Jack London Square brings in a lot of people year after year because you can get a different experience each time you step foot in JLS.  There are also several local eateries and bars just outside of Jack London Square that some of the best chefs in the world cooking behind the grill.

How to travel to America with your pets

Traveling with a pet to America, or any other country, can be hard. Especially, if you don’t know what to do with your pet or what you need to have in order to get your pet through customs correctly. If you know how to travel with your pet, and what things you need, you will be able to travel with your pet to any country without any problems. Here are a couple of things that you should know and have, in order to go overseas to America with your pet:

Pet Micro shipped

When you are going to enter America with your pet, it doesn’t need to be micro shipped. However, in other countries it might be necessary to micro ship your pets.

It is recommended that you are going to consider micro shipping, because then you will know that no matter what, your dog will be able to get his way back to you, when the pet is lost or when it runs away. There are many pets that are disappearing when traveling, and having it micro shipped is the answer to know where your dog or pet might be.

Up to date with vaccinations

It is essential to make sure that your pet is up to date with vaccinations when you are traveling to America or any other country. Not only is this essential, because they will not let you pet enter the country without the vaccinations to date, but you will know that your pet will not get sick while traveling around.

Too many people don’t know the importance of the pet having all their vaccinations before traveling, and sadly the results don’t always end well.

Worm inspections

Entering America, your pet will be inspected for different types of worms. This is because of different reasons, but mostly because of the health problems that it can cause. This is why you should make sure that your pet is worm-free when you are traveling with it.

This is the only way that you can be sure, that no matter where you are taking your pet, it will be allowed in the country.

Health certificate

It will be helpful to have a health certificate of the pet at hand when you are traveling to America or any other country. This is to proof that you have taken your pet to a vet before traveling and that the vet has declared the pet safe to travel. This is making the process of letting your pet entering the country with you easier.

You might not have thought that you will travel with a pet. But, the moment that you are planning a trip and want to take your pet with you, you need to know the rules and regulations about a pet entering a country. These are some information that you might find handy so that you don’t have trouble at the country that you want to enter.