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The Freshest Day is Friday

In Tuoro Sul Trasimeno, Italy (the small town in Umbria where my family has a house) because it is market day! On Market day the streets of the town are lined with vendors selling everything from Porchetta (a delicious italian pork treat served sandwich style, made only on special days) to shoes or bed spreads.

But I come to market day for the in between.. the fresh produce picked by the local farmers and handed right to you and the beautiful meats handmade and cut to order.

I love the way these little guys grow!

Can't forget about what I like to call "stinky fish." Anchovies cured in salt. All the men in my family love these horribly smelling things, I'm guessing it's a test to their manhood.

My mom and I walked to the market and were going to “buy just a few things,” but of course that never happens when fresh produce looks this good so we bought “just a few more” and ended up with a fresh feast!

Our table full of produce!

Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil from our garden, olive oil from our olive trees, and basalmic glaze.

I was missing a little asian taste so I made my favorite dish- chicken bun with vermicelli noodles, salad, cucumbers, peanuts, grilled chicken, and a sauce made with fish broth, sugar, soy sauce, and hot peppers. And of course a big glass of green tea!

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Three Excuses to Visit a McDonald’s Overseas

There is nothing worse than a traveler that goes to new places and searches endlessly for the comforts of home. When you visit a place, take it all in! The food, the scents, the sights, the customs, the CULTURE.

However, with the great Americanization of the world, it is apparent that McDonald’s is spreading faster than the black plague did, and I have found the only three excuses to visit one when abroad.

1. ICE
Ice is a rarity in many places overseas (especially all over Europe), and after a while of drinks with no ice, it is common to crave some frozen water with our soda. McDonald’s, of course, is ever-flowing with these frozen morsels. So if you need your ice fix, it is OK to visit McDonald’s for a cold one.

I have seen a few McDonald’s overseas that have prime real estate. In Hong Kong I visited one that was on top of a hill and had a wrap around balcony that offered the best view of the city. Who would have thought! (No I still didn’t eat, just enjoyed an iced beverage).
When you fly into Rome, and then arrive at the train station in the city, you will quickly run into Piazza della Republica. A beautiful square with a fountain in the middle, ancient ruins on one side, and a giant old hotel that wraps around half of it. It is a perfect people watching spot, and busy roundabout for traffic of all kinds. And what is conveniently located at the base of the hotel? A Mcdonald’s. But no ordinary McDonald’s, here you can sit out in their covered tables right on the Piazza, and enjoy a freshly pressed espresso in a ceramic cup paired with a delicious croissant for 1 Euro.

Perfect for people watching!


I got hungry! But impressive for McDonald's right?

And lastly, McDonald’s across the world offers a cultural lesson. Yes, I will admit that. While we have burgers and fries because that is the “American Diet,” each McDonald’s around the world offers the common foods of that country (yes, they do also still offer the common burger and fries).

McDonald's Japan


McDonalds Middle East


McDonalds China

Well there you have it. The 3 excuses to visit a McDonald’s overseas.

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