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28 July 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: prezzemolo, a cautionary tale
one man's quest for the perfect Penne Rosate

Penne Rosate and a spritz in Treviso
Penne Rosate in Treviso

It started innocently enough.

Penne Rosate. Four simple ingredients on a bistro menu:
salsa di pomodoro | panna | salmone affumicato | prezzemolo

Little did I know this dish would turn into Mark's Holy Grail. Ever since sampling this delectable fare at Piola in Treviso, he's been obsessed with recreating the perfect penne rosate at home. And in typical Italian style, a deceptively simple ingredient list means the dish can be articulated about a million ways.


mmmm, golden tomatoes
mmmm, golden tomatoes

Renown chef Patrick O'Connell of the Inn at Little Washington says you should make a dish eight times before serving it to friends. That always seemed a bit extreme. But we're starting to understand. Each time Mark makes this dish, he writes little notes in the margin about how to tweak the recipe next time. Not too much tomato paste. Be sure to use large golden tomatoes. Let the pasta sit and soak up the sauce before serving. He's even asked me to plant extra golden tomatoes in the garden so he can continue his exploration and and near-scientific quest for the flawless formula.


stir, stir, stir
stir, stir, stir

I don't think he'll ever achieve penne perfection. But, as with most things in life, it's about the journey, not the destination! I'm happy to have him keep experimenting with this dish forever.


some cream, a little smoked salmon
some cream, a little smoked salmon

It just so happens that there's a Piola right here in Northern Virginia, and they do have Penne Rosate on their menu. Part of me is curious to try it, part of me doesn't want to spoil the mystique of that first perfect taste back in Treviso.


the finished product, topped with lots of fresh prezzemolo!
the finished product, topped with lots of fresh prezzemolo!

And at the end of the day, I just like saying "prezzemolo." Try it with me: pret-ZEH-mo-lo. It's fun! I think Robin at My Mélange should add it to her list of beautiful Italian words. Who knew that humble parsley could be so entertaining?

Hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.

 

RELATED LINKS:
* Photo Friday: Treviso spritz

* My Mélange: Italian lessons
* Piola
* our other Treviso pics
* WanderFood Wednesday carnival of foodie blogs


  

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23 July 2010
Photo Friday: The Jersey Shore you'll never see on MTV
CousinFest 2010

CousinFest 2010, down the shore
CousinFest 2010, down the shore

Last weekend a handful of Zamborsky cousins convened for our quasi-annual gathering. We're fortunate to have access to a family house in Spring Lake, NJ, about a mile from the beach. Great Aunt Agnes isn't around anymore, but what better way to celebrate her memory than spend some fabulous family time in her former abode!


kitchen time machine!
kitchen time machine!


Part of the charm of the house is that it hasn't changed much since Great Aunt Agnes lived there.


throwback to a time when books were actually valued
throwback to a time when books were actually valued

mandatory and omnipresent beach decor
mandatory and omnipresent beach decor


Thanks to the MTV show, which I have to admit I've never watched, most people have a certain image of the Jersey Shore.


bet they don't have these at the MTV beach house
bet they don't have these at the MTV beach house


We had a vastly different experience.


ouch, what the hell was I wearing in that picture?
ouch, what the hell was I wearing in that picture?


Most of the time, we sat around eating and drinking and looking at silly old pictures from our childhood.


oktapodi <3s Spring Lake
oktapodi <3s Spring Lake


And, of course, there was plenty of beachy goodness!


The rest of the pics can be seen here. Or, rather, a subset of the rest of the pics, because what happens at CousinFest stays at CousinFest. And maybe also on Facebook.

Check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday.


 

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14 July 2010
Naked in the rain
2nd Annual AANR World Record Skinny-Dip

FollowFriday tweet from Spud Hilton

And thus, with this unwittingly prescient #FollowFriday tweet from @SpudHilton, was kicked off a weekend of naturist antics.

Sadly, none of the other tweeps mentioned above were present at Pine Tree on Saturday for the 2nd Annual AANR Guinness World Record™ Skinny-Dip Challenge. We managed to have a grand time nonetheless.

last year's skinny dip event at PineTree

We'd been to this event last year, and once again invited a posse to join us for the festivities. Unfortunately Mother Nature chose Saturday to bless us with the rain she'd been withholding for the past two weeks.   ::: shakes fist at sky :::   Even with the drizzle, nearly 20 of our friends showed up, and there were close to 300 people in the pool at the time of the photo. The local tallies are sent into the AANR national office for final number-crunching. So I don't yet know if we broke any records. But that's really not the point.

I don't talk much about our nudist pursuits, because, frankly, there's not much to say. There are few things more relaxing than shedding your clothes and hanging out by the pool for an afternoon. Nudists are among the friendlist people on the planet. Shedding your outer trappings means you have to rely solely on your personality, which brings out your sociable side right quick! And once we got over the initial weirdness of pulling into a lushly-wooded parking lot and unceremoniously dropping trou, the hardest part has always been putting our clothes on at the end of the day.

In fact, we were so loathe to leave that we wound up staying an extra afternoon. We'd already planned to stay overnight (in a surprisingly luxurious cabin with air conditioning, a full kitchen, and a full bath!) but when we awoke on Sunday morning to a gorgeous sunny day, it was impossible to return home. So we spent another uber-relaxing day paddling around in the pool, catching up on some reading, and chatting with the amiable denizens of Pine Tree. Unfortunately the naturist population is aging and they seem to be having a hard time finding new recruits. As a result, we got more than our share of sales pitches. I'm not much of a joiner, and the idea of spending every weekend with the same people holds little appeal for me, so we'll probably never shell out the extra bucks to become members. But we try to get out to Pine Tree a few times a season. And we may have turned one or two friends on to the possibility of membership. So I think our work here is done.


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AANR Guinness World Record™ Skinny-Dip Challenge 
*
Pine Tree Associates

 

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09 July 2010
PhotoFriday: TBEX10 in pictures

TBEX is a full-contact sport!
TBEX is a full-contact sport!
@AOBDolce got her tongue pierced mid-weekend


I'm still trying to synthesize my whirlwind weekend at TBEX10 (this year's Travel Bloggers Exchange conference, held June 25-27 in NYC) into a coherent written post. But in the meantime, here are a few pics that summarize the experience:

SocMed + travel bloggers = ha-yuge!
SocMed + travel bloggers = ha-yuge!
@myessis & @jimbenning of WorldHum kickoff the opening session


one word: vuvuzela!
one word: vuvuzela!
it was so excellent to meet @CareekBrkHQs & @ottsworld and the entire MeetPlanGo crew


oh, maybe THAT'S the word
oh, maybe THAT'S the word
@everywheretrip tells it like it is, as always


TBEX'10 was allllll about the peeps & personalities
TBEX10 was allllll about the peeps & personalities
@savvytravelblog samples some of NY's finest fare
 

and if the all that weren't enough, 'twas also Pride Weekend!
and if the all that weren't enough, 'twas also Pride Weekend!

I swear I'll write more soon, once my brain fully recovers. In the meantime, there's a great recap roundup here.


RELATED LINKS:
* browse all TBEX10 pics
* check out more fabulous travel photos at Delicious Baby's Photo Friday


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07 July 2010
WanderFood Wednesday: what, no f***in' ziti?
in a NY state of overindulgence

definitely some f***in' ziti!
definitely some f***in' ziti!

I dunno about you, but I associate Manhattan with the world of "clackers" and carb-avoidant anorexic supermodel types. Well, our June weekend spent in NYC — I will post a TBEX recap one of these days, I swear! — proved that starchy goodness is alive and well in the City That Never Sleeps. The above photo was taken at after heading home from one of the TBEX afterparties. I'm not sure if you can quite tell from the photo, but it's a SLICE OF PIZZA WITH ZITI ON TOP. ZOMG, carb catatonia, anyone?

Chocolate-Chocolate at DBGB
Chocolate-Chocolate at DBGB's

Just to clinch it, we spent Sunday night noshing with our DC friends Wil & Sherri, who are in New York for the summer. Apparently, despite an onslaught of visitors, they'd been experiencing a dearth of hardcore foodie goodness, and gleefully took us to DBGB's for a splurge-tastic meal. This fabulous restaurant specializes in delectable small plates and to-die-for desserts. Their notorious "Chocolate Chocolate" sundae was recommended by our waitress and did not disappoint.

And, by the by, we also visited this charming wine bar, although I have no photographic evidence of that portion of the program.

Boof. To the gym!

(But first, hop on over to Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.)


RECOMMENDED:
DBGB Kitchen & Bar
299 Bowery (btw Houston & 1st Street)
New York, NY 10003

'inoteca
98 Rivington Street (at Ludlow)
New York, NY 10002


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