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Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gillian's List of Links}

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate taste of home. The ingredients are usually findable no matter how remote the place I have lived.  They have marked heartbreak and homesickness and celebration. I have used the recipe from the back of the Toll House chocolate chip package. (I still use one that I cut from a bag that was carried over oceans to the Sahel more than 20 years ago.) and the persnickety and delicious New York Times recipe using butter from France, chocolate from Tuscany and organic flour from Lazio.  Pretty much all chocolate chip cookies are good chocolate chip cookies.   

In Rome you can find chocolate chip cookies at a bar just off the Piazza Santa Maria de Trastevere and if you are really desperate at one of the many many Subway sandwich shops.  I think that homemade chocolate chip cookies are best.  Most groceries stores in Rome have brown sugar or you can use molasses from the health food store.  Chop up a bar of 70% chocolate in place of uniform chips and make sure you have a baking tray that fits in your oven and you have everything you need.


Christmas in Rome {Almost Wordless Wednesday}

Merry Christmas from Rome to all of you. Thank you so much for reading and following along with my adventures.


Hamburgers in Rome {L'Hamburgheria di Eataly}

I love nothing more than going to a matinee on a weekend afternoon. I have the feeling that I am getting away with something when I emerge from the dark theater, slightly disoriented into a bright sunny afternoon. Finding something to watch in English in Rome at any time of day can present a challenge. The Cinema Barberini has been screening films in English pretty reliably recently. Sometimes there is even a show at 11:30am, my idea of heaven. I still miss the days when we would visit Johannesburg or Cape Town and I would start my day with a very decadent 9:30 am matinee. 

My joy at finding a reliable matinee within walking distance of my house presents another Rome only problem. When to eat. The rules for when you eat in Rome are pretty strict.  Breakfast is a cappuccino and cornetto to at the bar until about 11:00 am. Lunch is usually a sit-down affair and you are unlikely to find much open before 1:00 and dinner is at 8:00. 9:00 in the summertime  There are a few exceptions and tricks to these rules, but not many. So, where to eat after a matinee that finished about 3:00 or 4:00. You have missed lunch and it's too early for dinner. A brand new spot run by Eataly to the rescue. Eataly has just opened a Hamburgheria right at the Barberini metro stop.


Cocktails in Rome {JK Place Roma}

JK Place Roma // Cocktails in Rome

JK Place Roma // Cocktails in Rome

I love a good cocktail with a gaggle of girlfriends. Florence blogger Tiana Kai's recent visit to Rome provided a perfect excuse to check out one of Rome's newest and chicest openings.

Located in a small piazza not far from the via del Corso you have to find the discreetly marked door and ring the buzzer to be granted entrance to this very elegant space. 


Where to Buy Books in Rome

Open Door Bookshop // Rome // Trastevere

I have always been a bookworm. I have, ok Mark has, carted many cubic feet of books across oceans to multiple continents. The first thing I do when I move into a new house is fill the bookshelves. It is the only way to make a new place feel like home. There are stacks of books beside my bed, in the kitchen, on my desk, on the hall table. Pretty much any flat surface has a stack of books. There is somehow always space for a new stack. These are my favorite places to buy books in Rome.


Sushi in Rome {Temakinho}

Temakinho // Sushi in Rome

Temakinho // Sushi in Rome

In what seems like a lifetime ago I ate at what at the time was a very hip restaurant called Sushi Samba in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. I remember a long walk from my pals East Village apartment. I remember a very chic, very long, marble table that ran the length of the restaurant. I don't remember anything that we ate.

Fast forward to to present day. Last month and less than a 5 minute walk from my house, a bright cheerful Brazilian sushi spot, called Temakinho opened.


Christmas Gift Guide {Gillian's List of Links}

Christmas in Rome

My circle of talented friends is always expanding and continues to create beautiful books.  Here is my 2013 list just in time for your holiday shopping.