All posts tagged: Italy

On the Search for Italy’s American Cappuccino

A little ache behind my eyes, a little pulsing throb at the top of my head. These are the signs of my espresso and cappuccino withdrawals. I spent two and a half weeks motoring around Europe, tasting at least two rich and velvety espressi a day. Sometimes for the purpose for a kick in my step and sometimes for the mere soothing taste of Italy’s fine coffee. Now that I’m back in the Bay Area, I’m on a search for an American cappuccino that tastes just as delicious as its parent Italian cappuccino. The Search What am I looking for? I’m lactose intolerant, so soy is a must. A thick foam that floats gracefully (at least a half-inch) above the pool of smooth, nutty espresso. Not too milky and pale, but just the right amount of milk that slips into the espresso to make it a milk chocolate color. The cappuccino should taste nutty and well, like espresso — which is harder to find than you would think! And lastly, I’ll be looking at the residence …

Time to Fly, Ciao Italia!

You know when it’s official when you buy the flight tickets. There it is; date set, time set. My sister and I are going to visit our families (on our paternal and maternal side) in Italy for the first time! I can count on the many site-seeing excursions, but the most exciting part will be experiencing a regular day through the eyes of the Italians. With the guidance of our native families, we will partake in scenic hiking, ravioli making and cappuccino sipping. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most — living like an Italian. Some of you may be seasoned travelers and buying flight tickets are a breeze, but if you’re like me, it’s an intimidating process. What’s the best departure/arrival times, best price, best city to fly into and the best airtime. Basically, I want the best flight. Just a few changes can get you better flights, while also staying with your plan: Kayak, Orbitz, eDreams Value-conscious traveler? These flight finders source any and all tickets (I especially like the feature that pulls …