#HARDYSONHOLIDAY: Eating Across Europe

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As promised, today I’m sharing about all the food we ate during our honeymoon. And, boy, did we eat. I mean, seeing all the sights was of course incredible, but there’s nothing like a good meal to make a great day even BETTER.

First up, London! There was so much to try, and so little time, but we managed to squeeze in a pretty good variety of food and drinks. On our first night, we enjoyed meat pies and cider beers in a little pub. And it wouldn’t be a trip to London without afternoon tea (especially since Zack and I are tea lovers). On our first full day in London, we sat down for tea at The Georgian inside Harrods. Champagne, finger sandwiches, scones with the most delicious spreads (favorite: the rose petal jelly), and an assortment of desserts. . .and of course the tea!

Other meals included fish + chips , Indian food (Chicken Tikka Masala – London’s national dish – for me, Indian Shepherd’s Pie for Zack, and lemon rice + garlic naan to share). On our last evening we sat down in a bar and enjoyed a playful take on gin + tonics with the “Seven Deadly Gins.” I had “Lust” (pomegranate + elderflower), and Zack had “Envy” (grapefruit). Cheers to London!

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Now, everything we ate in London was fantastic, but the food in Italy calls to me. We typically just asked our servers for their recommendations when it came to the food and wine, and we weren’t disappointed. Pastas, pizzas, bruschetta, risotto, gelato, wine. . .we ate so much but I’m just going to highlight a few of our favorite meals.

Gallo Matto: We actually ended up eating here twice because we feel in love with the food and atmosphere. On our first night in Rome, we sat down here and shared a bottle of wine with bruschetta and a couple pizzas. We chose a traditional margherita pizza and went with a recommendation for the second. Capricciosa: tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, artichoke, olives, and a boiled egg! We were a little skeptical about the egg but it was seriously one of our favorite dishes on the trip! Then for dessert we shared tiramisu.

We ate here again for our final meal and again, ordered a bottle of wine and bruschetta, but switched things up for the main course and shared a chicken ravioli dish as well as cheesy tortelinni (both by recommendation). And since it was out last night, we went BIG for dessert and ordered a lemon cake AND tiramisu. . .AND some limoncello. When in Rome. . .

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Cin Cin Bar: We enjoyed our lunch here on a little balcony overlooking a street in Rome and enjoyed another meal of wine, bruschetta, another capriccios pizza, and a pasta dish with ricotta, pistachios, and pancetta.

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Gelato: We had our fair share, despite the cold weather. Della Palma (Rome) where they have over 100 flavors to choose from,  Captain Cono (Rome) as recommended by our Bonappetour hosts, and Cono Gelato (Florence), a favorite spot during my time studying abroad.

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Bonappetour: As mentioned in my previous post about Rome, we booked a dinner with a host family. It was a 5 course meal cooked by our host, Alessandro, and we pretty much gave him free reign to cook us whatever meal he pleased.

First Course: Zuppa Toscana (a soup with black cabbage, beans, and pancetta)

Second Course: Pennette alla Vodka (exactly what it sounds like, pasta in a homemade vodka sauce)

Third and Fourth Course: Pollo All’arancia and Insalata Finocchi E Arance (served together, this was a chicken dish paired with fennel + orange salad)

Fifth Course: Crostata Ricotta e Cioccocata (a ricotta tart with chocolate)

Plus, Alessandro is a wine sommelier so he had paired a perfect wine to go with our meal, AND we finished the night with a small glass of his homemade limoncello.

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And somehow, after all the food, we didn’t come back weighing a million pounds. But we did do our fair share of walking around, so I guess that helped. So this wraps up my series of posts about our honeymoon! Hope you enjoyed following along!

XO – Courtney

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