Brooklyn Fat Stuff

I like food.

I like Traveling.

I like traveling, while eating food.

My guide through New York City to Milan and elsewhere...

Ercolano

So after the short detour, we spent the second half of the day at our original destination - Ercolano and decided to skip Pompeii. Sounds a little crazy, but I did do my research, and reviews do say that Ercolano is the same as Pompeii except far less crowded, cheaper, closer to Naples, and better maintained. However, you wont be seeing any of those frozen in action casts of people running from the explosion. But there is always next time.

Ercolano was in great condition, seeing as it was ancient, and had survived a volcano eruption.  Tiling and ceramics was still perfectly in tact - including colour.  Paintings on the wall were still there and you could see the insides of wealthy family houses.  Looking over the ancient town, you get a great backdrop of Mt Vesuvius.

Vesuvius

Not far from Naples is Mt Vesuvius. We took the train 1/2 hour, and got off at Ercolano station thinking we would spend half the day there and half the day at Pompeii. But we were side-tracked by the bus waiting to go up Vesuvius. You can get driven there, and half way up the volcano, and walk the rest of the 20 minutes to the crater. And yes it is still active. In fact, they say they are due for a massive explosion, since one is well well well overdue. But hey, if it’s your time, it’s your time right?

The view was fantastical up there. Its an easy walk up (very dusty) and there are even picnic tables! We saw some crazy stone statues on the way up too… 

Home Food

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of this restaurant. But it was pretty good and pretty cheap with very good service. I believe it was home cooked type meals, very Italian, with the typical checkered tablecloths.

The dessert was this amazing chocolate pastry nest which had just the right amount of sweetness.  We were also delightfully serenaded by a guitar man!

Da Pellone
Pizza bigger than myself. This place was right near our hotel, and we were highly recommended to go there for some of the best pizza in Naples. The restaurant was full, even at the odd hour that we decided to eat. The pizza was excellent, but strangely enough, we had even better pizza back in NY. 
One thing I noticed a lot of people around me eating was Pizza Fritta. So thats DEEP FRIED PIZZA. As in, the whole pizza has been crumbed and deep fried. Didn’t I tell you they like deep frying everything here? Even whole Pizza Pies?

Da Pellone

Pizza bigger than myself. This place was right near our hotel, and we were highly recommended to go there for some of the best pizza in Naples. The restaurant was full, even at the odd hour that we decided to eat. The pizza was excellent, but strangely enough, we had even better pizza back in NY. 

One thing I noticed a lot of people around me eating was Pizza Fritta. So thats DEEP FRIED PIZZA. As in, the whole pizza has been crumbed and deep fried. Didn’t I tell you they like deep frying everything here? Even whole Pizza Pies?

Sfogliatelle

Juicy ricotta cheese filled pastries from Salerno. Apparently these are the best you can get.  Perhaps 4 for two people was too many (they are heavy)!

We thought we would treat ourselves to a cannoli too (originally from Sicily). They were everywhere in NYC, but we wanted to try the real deal.

Pizza Margherita
Above is the photo of the very street where Pizza Margherita was invented in Naples.  Pizza started of as the food of the poor, street food. Then, later on, to honour Queen Margherita, chef Raffaele Esposito made a pizza in the colours of the Italian flag - Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce… then the humble pizza took over the world….

Pizza Margherita

Above is the photo of the very street where Pizza Margherita was invented in Naples.  Pizza started of as the food of the poor, street food. Then, later on, to honour Queen Margherita, chef Raffaele Esposito made a pizza in the colours of the Italian flag - Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce… then the humble pizza took over the world….

Walking the Streets

One of my favourite things to do when travelling in a completely different culture.. walking the streets and people watching. Its free, and I could do it for hours.

Sottoranea

We went to visit an underground world that was 5000 years old.  40m directly under the centre of Naples is an underground series of tunnels over 400km long.  First the Greeks excavated the tufa for construction, then the Romans kept digging to create the first earthquake proof aquaduct and street system.  After not being used for centuries, it was then used as a WW2 bomb shelter, and for decades after, was used as……a garbage dump.

Luckily now it has been opened up for public tours. These Romans were so strong and smart huh?   

Pic #2  shows the Roman system of the first anti-seismic construction
Pic #3 make sure you aren’t wider then 50cm if you wish to do this tour…
Pic #4 shows the levels of the aquaduct water

Ciro a Mergellina

Mergellina is the ritzy part of a generally poor Napoli, mainly due to the presence of a marina. Expensive yachts bring all the a-listers in, which means, good seafood is to be found.  Seafood is a must try when heading south, and oh, by the way, they deep fry everything here.  It’s a southern thing. So we had mixed seafood, not frozen, deep fried, quite amazing, while sitting next to the owner and his family who continued to practise his Japanese on me. Friendly guy!

Ciro also owns the dessert place down the road, where the popular thing is, yep, deep fried dough. They are pretty damn good at it.

The Sud
Three months living in Italy and I hadn’t visited the south! So a quick trip to Napoli (Naples) was in order.  Home of pizza, scooters, a very busy sea port and the typical washing on the line. Yay! I was in the REAL Italy. I mean, what we Australians stereotype Italy and Italians to be like. Hand gestures, busy streets, crowded apartments, old men complaining and smoking cigarettes all day in the square, and lots and lots of sfogliatelle. I LOVED NAPOLI.

The Sud

Three months living in Italy and I hadn’t visited the south! So a quick trip to Napoli (Naples) was in order.  Home of pizza, scooters, a very busy sea port and the typical washing on the line. Yay! I was in the REAL Italy. I mean, what we Australians stereotype Italy and Italians to be like. Hand gestures, busy streets, crowded apartments, old men complaining and smoking cigarettes all day in the square, and lots and lots of sfogliatelle. I LOVED NAPOLI.

T’illuminerà

Milan’s already beautiful duomo lights up for lent. By IGP Decaux and Ammiro Y2k. Slow to start, but fast forward about 1.5 mins and it starts to get mental.

[28 Feb 2012

Thanks to Federico Chebobjim Zazzara for this film off youtube. I took my own video but it took forever to upload.]

Milan can look beautiful…

Milan is not known to be the most beautiful European city, but the outskirts can offer a nice afternoon of lazy bike riding.  It looks like i’m in the middle of nowhere, but I believe this is still Milan. 

p.s. first bike ride for me in a very, very long time.

Tea is Served
A rather scientific, long, more difficult way of making tea… I guess it might impress and make you look smarter?

Tea is Served

A rather scientific, long, more difficult way of making tea… I guess it might impress and make you look smarter?

Swedish Style
I quite liked this. A trailer serving tasty Scandinavian fare.  See that line in the back?

Swedish Style

I quite liked this. A trailer serving tasty Scandinavian fare.  See that line in the back?

A students idea for more sustainable high protein packaged foods… would you dare?

(Salone Del Mobile)