Alla Scala Gelateria • Rome (best pistachio gelato ever!)

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Gelateria Alla Scala - entrance.
Gelateria Alla Scala – entrance.

Just between us, ok?
Hubby is kind of a gelato crazy; this is his favourite sweet treat ever.🍦

So imagine the situation, Europe, summer, 33C (91F) on the street…

Back at home, during summer, I often make those frozen bananas ice creams at home, keeping things clean and healthier.

However, we’re in Rome, Italy, gelatos couldn’t be missed. 😀

Strolling around the Trastevere area, our gelato option for that day was Alla Scala Gelateria.
Which might be hard to notice due to its tiny door lost in the middle of those super charming Romanian alleys.

My order

Gladly they don’t offer too many options, so it was super easy to make our choices. 😜
I’m always in trouble when there are too many flavours to pick. It’s so hard to decide! This time we got:

  • Mine: Pistachio and cremino.
  • Hubby: Tiramisu and cheesecake.
Pistachio and cremino.
Pistachio and cremino.
Tiramisu and cheese cake.
Tiramisu and cheesecake.

Dear Lord, what was that pistachio gelato?!
Seriously, the best pistachio gelato I’ve ever had, and I’m saying it with some authority as I tried pistachio gelato in many other places before, including during this trip.

Cremino was very good too, it is made of vanilla, melted white chocolate, and raspberry. I tried a bit of hubby’s choices and they were equally good.

The gelato itself was super creamy, smooth, light and had a good amount of sugar (wasn’t too sweet, what is good!).

The verdict

Totally a must! Despite having just a few flavours, they are top-notch quality, packed with flavours and extremely delicious. Servings are generous and prices just right. LOVED!!! ❤️

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/syMk847LgM72


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.

Emma – Pizzeria con cucina • Rome (restaurant review)

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Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.

In September this year, I had the opportunity to make a long-time-dream come true: Hubby and I packed our bags to spend a 3.5-week long holiday travelling around Europe!
Obviously, I’ll publish here all places I eat and visited, so stay tuned. :D.

Our first stop in Europe was Italy, more specifically in Rome.

Of course, our food choice to kick-off our holidays was pizza!
Emma pizzeria was super close to our accommodation and had amazing reviews online, which sounded like a good option.

Lucky us! This place was wonderful, giving us an awesome start and a good idea of what was coming next. 😁

My order

Romanian pizza was one of the items I had long-added to my foods-to-try list.

I really wanted to check what the famous crunchy and super thin pizza disc was all about. So we decided to order:

  • Mine: Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
  • Hubby: Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Quattro stagioni - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Margherita Red Cow - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).

Indeed, the crust was super thin and crunchy, and also super yum!

And what about the flavour, you may be asking!?

Mine was good but nothing special…

However, Hubby’s choice was SPOT-ON.

Oh my, that red cow parmesan was simply out of this world!

It was so remarkable, so punchy, totally putting this Margherita pizza on another level…
Seriously, you need to try this.

The verdict

It’s a great restaurant, with many other dishes available and a good variety of pizza flavours.
Staff is polite and friendly, no issues ordering things in English as well. I loved their service.

I wouldn’t say you should visit Rome only to try this restaurant, but if you happen to be around and keen to have an authentic Romanian pizza, make sure to order a Margherita Red Cow pizza!
That’s a true winner! 🏆

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/jiFg6DnGCfu

More information: www.emmapizzeria.com


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.

Day trip to Kangaroo Valley | Car trip from Sydney

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Kangaroo Valley day trip map
Kangaroo Valley: a day trip map

It was supposed to be just another sunny winter weekend at home, but then Hubby and I decided to get the Sunday off to explore the Kangaroo Valley.

Our idea was to get there around 9 in the morning, do some hikes, have lunch, and spend a bit of the afternoon exploring the area, finally coming back to Sydney still before dark.

So we got enough time to do a bunch of things, which I will be describing next.
If you want, you can go straight ahead to my shared Google Maps with things to do in the Hunter Valley with all the places and attractions we visited.

Places to go

Three views walk
Here you have – yep, you guessed right,  three easy and relatively short trails to pick from.

In case you are not in a hurry you can do all of them in the morning.
The trails are flat and don’t have much to offer along the way (just a nice walk), but the reward is at the end of each one of them, with breathtaking views.

You can see below photos from each view.

If you have to pick between one or two of the trails, I suggest picking the Shoalhaven River View (the longest trail) and/or Lake Yarrunga View (the shortest one).

Lake Yarrunga View
Lake Yarrunga View – Length: 3.4km return

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Day trip to Nara from Kyoto – Japan

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Nara is just a bit more than one hour away from Kyoto and totally deserves a visit. In case you are short on time, everything I did can be done in pretty much half a day. You can get here my shared Google maps with what to do/see in Nara – the map has the precise location of all great places we visited in Kyoto and Nara.

Shall we start a tour through Nara?

Places to go

Kofukuji
As I said above, we’re originally staying in Kyoto and then decided to take a day trip to Nara. To start we did a short walk to Kofukuji to see the second tallest pagoda in Japan. There is no photo because it was under restoration!

Bummer, can you believe that?
So this post is just a heads up to check things online before going there. 😛

Kofukuji temple
Kofukuji temple

Nara Park
This charming park is right in front of another temple we wanted to visit (see below) and is full of deers! Aw, they are so cute, you can even pet them! If you’re keen to make the deers happy, there are stands selling a special biscuit to feed them.

Curiosly enough, I’ve also seen many tourists trapped in a circle of hungry deers.
So, in case you have kids, watch out for them! Not that the deers would eat them or anything … but 😜

Nara park
Nara park

Todaiji
This is one of the most outstanding temples I’ve visited there. You can’t really see how big this place is from the photo below (downsides of a two-dimensional media), it’s unbelievable.
Inside of it you will find a huge Buddha statue that is impressive from every single angle.

Todaiji temple
Todaiji temple

Where to it

Sakura Burger
In case you want a break from the Japanese cuisine, this place makes delicious burgers.
By the way, American style burgers!

If that wasn’t exciting enough, they also make their own bacon!!! We had a beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.
They are located a stone’s throw away from the train station, so you can stop there either on your way back or to Nara Park.

Sakura Burger entrance
Sakura Burger entrance
Beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.
Beef burger, with homemade bacon, avocado, cheese, salad, and chips.

Specific location: https://goo.gl/maps/Lp4US4mrac92

There are so many things to do in Japan, we simply loved the country and their culture.
Here is everything I’ve published about our trip to Japan
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Day Trip to Osaka from Kyoto – Japan

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While in Kyoto, in case you have time, I can totally recommend you a day trip to Osaka.
It is just a bit more than one hour by bullet train (Shinkansen), and you can use your JR pass to pay for the trip.

Osaka is a large city with plenty of activities and sightseeing, you can easily spend a day (or more) there. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. You can get here my shared Google maps with the precise location of the great places we visited in Osaka (and Kyoto as well).

Now, let me tell you a bit of what we did in 1 Day in Osaka.

Places to go

Osaka Castle
Our first stop was at the Osaka Castle. The castle itself is amazing, and all the park around is also great, nicely maintained. You can also pay to enter the museum inside the castle and go all the way to the top to have great views from the city.

Just a note so you don’t get a bit disappointed as I did; the castle from inside is very modern, there is even a lift, so don’t expect anything very traditional as I did. 😜

Osaka castle
Osaka castle

Namba and Dotonbori street
Namba is a very busy suburb to explore while in Osaka. We decided to spend our afternoon walking around that area, especially along the famous Dotonboru Street. A good thing is to do is to wait until dark to see all the neons litting up.

Keep an eye to spot the Glico man! (hint: easily spotted in the image below)

Dotonbori street
Dotonbori street

Where to eat

Chibo
A good place to have an authentic Okonomiyaki in Osaka. There are many different flavours, including sets for 2 people with very competitive prices. We ordered one of these sets, which included two pancakes, Japanese omelet and salad. Yummy!

Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.
Dotonbori yaki and Hiroshima yaki meal for two.

Ichiran Kyoto
This is a curious ramen house. You order from a vending machine, then one of the waiters takes you to a booth (that’s right, so cool), and your food is served from a small window in front of you. Check here photos from my experience there. Ah, of course, needless to say their ramen deserves more than a single visit to be fully appreciated.

Ichiran ramen bowl.
Ichiran ramen bowl.

Here is everything I’ve published about our trip to Japan.