Rolling With Your Veggies

Sorry for the cheesy title but the more catchy the title the more readers I get. Always thinking ahead. 

Jon and I went to a sushi making class at our local Whole Foods last night. It was very basic but a lot of fun.

They gave us basic ingredients (veggies & cooked shrimp) and materials.

We also got some cool hats and gloves.

We made several types of sushi including nigiri, hosomaki & temaki (hand rolls).

The class was a lot of fun and I had no idea Whole Foods had so many different classes.

I just wish we were able to make “real” sushi with fish rather than veggies.  Since we got to take home the mats we might have to try to make some at home now. Hmm…..Maybe…..

Have you taken a cooking class?

Museum of London

I saw this ad in various tube stations and wanted to check out the exhibit.

Sorry for the blurriness, it’s a blackberry photo.

Jon and I headed to the Museum of London Sunday afternoon for our first visit to this museum. I didn’t even check out the other exhibits on the website because I knew I was only interested in the London Street Photography exhibit.

We walked in to find out that the exhibit had a 1 hour wait and we didn’t have patience to wait around so we walked around the other exhibits which were really cool actually.

Specifically the Expanding City: 1666-1850s, People’s City 1850s-1940s & World City 1940s to Today permanent exhibits.

Expanding City: 1666-1850s

Lord Mayor’s Coach in 1757.

People’s City: 1850s-1940s

We took a stroll through a Victorian Walk.

A Fancy Stationer:

A Grocery store:

World City: 1950s–today

This section was the most fun. Interaction maps, artwork, fashion, etc

 

Interaction game and map:

Dr Martens of course:

 

Alternative Londoners

 

That was my little unorganized tour for you and if you liked this then I suggest you visit the museum yourself.  I’m also hoping to make it back for the photography exhibit eventually so you’ll see a post about that soon too.

All in all, it was a perfect rainy day activity. 

 

ABCs of ME

I’ve seen some bloggers play the ABC game so I wanted to join in on the fun.

A. Age: 26 but I’ll be 27 in 40 days!

B. Bed size: The Brits call it a king but I’d say it’s more of a queen.

C. Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom.

D. Dogs: Dogs.  Jon wants a fat bulldog and I want a cute yorkie. Hopefully one day.

E. Essential start to your day: Iced Dunkin Donuts black coffee with 1 splenda

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or silver: both

H. Height: 5’5.

I. Instruments you play: zero

J. Job title: Intern & Student

K. Kids: Eventually

L. Live: From NJ, currently live in London

M. Mom’s name: Rosanna

N. Nicknames: Ash and Ash T

O. Overnight hospital stays: N/A

P. Pet peeve: When I say I’m a vegetarian and then they ask me if I eat chicken.  Since when isn’t chicken meat?

Q. Quote from a movie: ‘AMERICA’ – Name that movie.

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: Younger Brother, Alex

T. Time you wake up: Early – I like to relax before I start my day.

U. Underwear: They are called pants here in London.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Peas, Carrots & Zucchini

W. What makes you run late: There isn’t a clock in my living room or kitchen…it drives me crazy!

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth & fingers

Y. Yummy food you make: Cupcakes & Eggplant parm….that’s about it!

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Koala’s – I held some in Australia and they were just the softest animal ever.

Rallies In Pisa

On Feb 13th women all over Italy (200 towns and cities) held a march calling against the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, to resign over a sex scandal.  We were lucky enough to see (and film) the march in Pisa.

 

You can read more articles about it here and here.

Pasta Machines

I know it’s hard to believe but there were pasta vending machines in Florence.

Lots of variety, cheap and fast.  I really wanted to try it but I was too grossed out.

Would you have tried it?

New Additions In Florence

So much has changed in Florence since I was there 6 years ago.  Here are a few:

This is te lobby of my old apt.  It never looked so nice!

My old school is now a beautiful hotel.  The school was so run down and rickety that we kept our jackets on in class because the heat did not work. They completely renovated the building and it’s gorgeous!!

Ben & Jerry’s across from the Duomo just seems weird.  The city is so old and historical I don’t think common day eateries like this work there but clearly I’m wrong.

They cleared the locks from years ago and started over.  This was completely full 6 years ago.

The Oil Shoppe is closed?!?!  Turns out its closed on the weekends so I missed out on eating for my sandwich shop in the world. 

H&M was a treat for us when we traveled but now it’s in Florence.

The Coca-Cola cans are tall and thin.

There are multiply tour companies now.  They don’t go into the center of the city but they hit major spots.

We walked by several sushi restaurants which were non existent 6 years ago.

The one company that is still missing from this is Starbucks. They are still not in Florence or anywhere in Italy for that matter.  STAY STRONG FLORENCE!!!

 

Florence, Italy: 6 Years Later – Day 3 in Pisa

In case you missed it:

Day 1

Day 2

We flew out of Pisa airport so we hopped on a train from Santa Maria Novella to Pisa for the day so we could explore the city.

Here’s a video of the view from the train going from Florence to Pisa.

It was raining in Pisa for the first 2 hours we were there so we headed to a restaurant to eat lunch and hoped the rain would stop by the time we were finished.

It stopped raining and we made sure to see all the important sights.

The Cathedral.

The Baptistry

We walked through a flea market as we were on our way back to the airport.

Then it was off to the airport to head back to London.

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