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Europe Trip: Naples, Italy

Citrus-truckNaples is our last destination we have on our list in Italy so we plan to move on to Greece after this one. For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram I’m actually extremely behind on post updates of where I am so I’ll just cut to the chase here.

Michele-Outside

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Europe Trip: Rome, Italy

Colosseum-Inside

The trek to our Airbnb host spot was a fast and easy one since we were lucky enough to be picked up by our super awesome host Costa. As soon as well got settled in we were promptly greeted by one of my mother’s best friends, Laura, whom I’ve only heard great tales of but had never met before. Exhausted from travel but far too excited to lay still we changed out of our overly sweaty travel clothes and into some nice clean ones.

Piazza-Del-Popolo

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Europe Trip: Florence, Italy

Famous-Florentine-Bridge

We arrived in Florence in the afternoon, rather weary from our travels, so we lounged in the hostel kitchen for a couple of hours and began to converse with two people that happened to be doing the same. We spoke of our travels thus far as well as our plans for whats next. They told us about the market close to our Hostel, Mercato Centrale that had two levels to it, a farmers market below and a series of small eateries above. With a combination like that I absolutely had to make that our first stop the following day.

Mercat-Centrale

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Europe Trip: Venice, Italy

Venice-City-Scape

Well here is location that I know most people would get excited about. I know I was especially excited to visit this location because my parents have this painting that I absolutely adore of a gondola on the water that they got in Italy and it’s always perpetuated this wonderful thought in my mind of Venice that’s made me want to visit so badly.

Caprese-salad-venice

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Europe Trip: Avignon, France

Avignon-City-scape-shot

Matti and I planned to go to another part of Spain after Barcelona but I recalled receiving an email from someone in another area of France to stay with so we decided to re-route to that destination. Our host Jonas found out about me through his mom, one of my avid readers. If you’re an avid reader, live in Europe, and have a place for us to stay as well please email me!

We arrived rather late at night so we actually planned to go to the farmers market the next day to get ingredients for a meal.

Best-Nougat-ever

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Europe Trip: Barcelona, Spain

Casa-De-

At this point in this trip I realized that it is wise to take a part of the first day to go to the market and supply ourselves with food. Tight budgets don’t always allow us to eat out all the time. The idea is that if we want to eat out at an expensive but nice spot we can simply cook food the day before to save up a little extra euros to spend the following day at said restaurant.

Iberico-Jamon-Fresh-sliced

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Europe Trip: Paris, France

Parisian-Building

After a seemingly never ending 10-hour flight, my girlfriend and I finally arrived in sunny Paris. This location being the start of a great 2-month adventure through Europe with Eurail pass in one hand and food in the other. Despite running off of about 2 hours of sleep I was content with what lied ahead. We met up with my now good friend Damian whom coincidentally emailed me regarding eating Paleo in France. Apparently there is growing population of Paleo folks in France, slowly but nonetheless, growing.

Street-Corner-Cafe

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A One Day Quickie Gastro Tour In NYC

Lobster-Roll-Gluten-Free-Style

Once I finished the signings for my cookbook in New Jersey and New York City I still had an entire day left until my flight back home. I promptly woke up in the morning to devise a schedule which really ended up being only one location which was Lobster Joint; recommended by my brother. Other than the threat of being mugged on the way to the place, my lone subway travel was fairly enjoyable. Before you start asking questions about the mugging I’m fairly certain the old guy that was threatening me of this had dementia of some sort, but I’m not entirely sure, I’m totally fine though.

Veggie-sides

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East Coast Book Tour Eating

24-oz-Rotisserie-Ribeye

If you have been keeping an eye on my social media you might know that I’m on a book tour! Currently I’m on my flight back to Texas from the East Coast part of my book tour, which was slightly shorter than expected due to school. I planned on going to Virginia but sadly my schedule only allowed me to go to New Jersey and New York. Although I’m not complaining at all, it was all worth while.

I started the tour in New Jersey where the kind and wonderful people Dana and Karianne of Guerrilla Fitness let me do a Q&A and book signing at their Morristown location. Lucky for me they helped a ton with promotion even though it was slightly last second.

Browned-Butter-Brussels-Sprouts-with-Bacon

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A Quick Visit to New York

The-Meat-Hook

As I’m sure many of you already know by now, I recently went to New York to go see my brother Nick. Lucky for me he had a plethora of wonderful things planned, all of them food related of course. I was actually quite surprised with how much we actually fit in while I was there. I only stayed for about 4 days and we managed to go to over 14 different places combined in both manhattan and Brooklyn. The first day we made quick trips to several places including probably one of the coolest butcher shops ever by the name of The Meat Hook.

Eat-Real-Food-Sign-At-The-Meathook

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