Mangiamo 2007

February 25, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: El Brillante (Madrid)

by Kayoko Akabori

On my way back to NY, I had a stop over in Madrid for a few hours. Marta and Jose whisked me from the airport to take me to a dream lunch of my favorite Madrileño dish- Bocadillo de Calamares. Basically, a sandwich filled with fried calamari. GENIUS!!! It truly is a priceless invention- nothing […]

February 23, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Da Enzo

by Kayoko Akabori

In Rome we stayed in Trastevere, which is a hip, bohemian hotspot on the other side of the Tiber, near Vatican City. It’s a great neighborhood, sorta Williamsburgish, lively at all hours of the night- lots of bars, clubs and restaurants. For my last supper in Italy, I wanted a typical Roman meal- and Trastevere […]

February 22, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Bar del Cappuccino

by Kayoko Akabori

There’s nothing like walking into a coffee shop that makes the best cup of coffee EVER. That’s what happened in Rome- we happened to walk into Bar del Cappucino, without a clue that the barrista is a middle aged man named Luigi Santoro, who has won countless number of prizes for his cup o’ brew– […]

February 21, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Enoteca Corsi

by Kayoko Akabori

For not really having any premeditative restaurant agenda, Matt and I did really well in Rome. The city’s such a maze, that it’s best not to have your heart set on any one restaurant- you’d just get frustrated going around in circles looking for it. We were walking around towards the Pantheon in the afternoon […]

February 20, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Campo dei Fiori

by Kayoko Akabori

Located right next to the Jewish Ghetto, and near Piazza Navona in Rome, Campo dei Fiori is a glorious outdoor food market. I’m just reading on Wiki that it’s been open every morning, since 1869! Imagine that! Here’s Maria, founder of the market. Kidding (but you know she’s been here before you were even born). […]

February 18, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: When in Rome, Drink a Bud

by Kayoko Akabori

The best thing to do in Rome is to just walk around aimlessly. You’ll stumble upon Bernini fountains, majestic cathedrals, and random marble columns and arches that have been around for thousands of years. This is my little lunch on Janiculum Hill, snuggled between Vatican City and Trastevere. Just me, a Bud (I must have […]

February 11, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: A Night in Assisi

by Kayoko Akabori

Ok, I know this is ridiculous– even though it’s been months since I went to Italy, I still feel the need to finish blogging my fantastic eats (my computer with all my Italy pics died a few months ago, but we’re back!). Probably one of my best meals ever in 2007 was in Assisi, at […]

November 14, 2007

Mangiamo 2007: That’s Amore!

by Kayoko Akabori

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you’ll sing “Vita bella” Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay Like a gay tarantella— Dean Martin Ta-da! Now for the most important part […]

November 7, 2007

Mangiamo 2007: The Best Gelateria

by Kayoko Akabori

Upon arriving in Siena for the wedding, one of the first things I did was visit my favorite gelateria right behind the Campo. It was where I had my very first gelato ever, having just moved there 7 years ago (not counting the very forgettable cone Erin, Leslie and I got in Firenze that cost […]

November 4, 2007

Mangiamo 2007: Spanish Home Cooking

by Kayoko Akabori

Marta really is like a sister to me, and her family has always welcomed me warmly and treated me like a part of the family whenever I went to visit them in Cadiz, the south western tip of Andalucia. It was a wonderful surprise when I found out that her parents would be in Madrid […]