Florence so far has a serious whirlwind. I’ve met so many amazing people, eaten such delicious food, and made some really amazing memories already, and I’ve only been here for 10 days. Crazy! For example, last night I went to dinner with friends at a restaurant that serves free wine for students. At first I was thinking, this restaurant is probably not going to be that good..but I honestly don’t think there is a restaurant in all of Florence that isn’t delicious. It was so so good. I got asparagus risotto and finished with a warm chocolate cake. Both were absolutely divine! I had never really had real risotto and am now in love. It’s so creamy and the asparagus paired perfectly with it. And then there was the chocolate cake…SO rich. It was dense and warm and was smothered in chocolate sauce. I didn’t want this meal to end, but when it did I was so full I could barely breathe. I needed a good meal like that!
The markets here are unreal, also. I went during the week and got a huge thing of tomatoes, a cucumber, a head of lettuce, and an eggplant for only 5 euro! And it’s so fresh that it tastes so much better than the produce back home. So, when I was thinking of what I should make myself with the ingredients I had chosen, the first and best option came to mind, greek salad! I have been eating so many carbs here between pizza, pasta, and bread that a salad would be refreshing and hit the spot perfectly. Greek salad is super easy and a pretty classic set of ingredients, but the salty-sweet combo that is created is so so delicious!
- kalamata olives
- a head of romaine lettuce, chopped
- 10-15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 a cucumber, cut into half circles
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- sprinkle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
- fresh cracked pepper
Toss all of the ingredients with the balsamic and olive oil and enjoy! Super simple!