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Venice, Part 1 
 
Aug. 27, 2012 9:40 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2012 6:00 am
For the next few weeks I'll be staying with my family in Venice, one of the most breathtaking cities I've ever been to. Besides the architecture and canals, I'm always amazed by the dramatic colors of the sky when the sun sets here. For example, the pictures below with the purple and golden skies were taken on the same day, only 20-30 minutes apart.

Venetian cuisine continues to revolve around seafood from the surrounding lagoon and the Adriatic sea, with some vegetables and meats brought in from the mainland.

Grocery shopping in Venice can get very interesting. One or two light bags can be carried on foot from the store back to our apartment, but every so often, when we want to stock up on beverages and other bulky things, we take our boat and tie it up near the only large supermarket in town, then load it up and return to our apartment building, where we bring everything in directly off the boat through the door that faces the canal. It's time consuming ritual, but there's a lot of fun to be had. A few highlights from my most recent grocery trips: a strange deli meat made from ham but made to show a smiling bear face when sliced, a huge corner of the cheese aisle with different sizes and cuts of parmigiano reggiano, and the shop where you bring in empty water bottles and have them filled with good wines for a just couple euros a liter.
 
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Baby octopus
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Comments
Aug. 27, 2012 11:25 am
nice pictures.
 
Aug. 28, 2012 6:00 am
Enjoy your time there. Love to visit Venice.
 
 
 
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I'm a recent graduate of Tufts University. I was born and raised in Italy by American parents (archaeologists). Living for many years in various other parts of the Mediterraneanas well, my family and I have become passionate fans of Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern food. I also have a younger sister adopted from Chengdu, China, so I have developed an interest in Sichuanese cuisine, which is fortunate because I love spicy food.
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Spanakopita Balsamic pork chops Hanger steak Moroccan food Red velvet cake (or cupcakes) All sorts of curries Ma po tofu Saltimbocca alla romana
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Risotto, tortellini, Christmas cookies, hams from Amish country in the fall.
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A huge Chinese banquet of a dozen dishes. I learned to make everything on the spot from my much more experienced Chinese friend.
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Burning a whole lot of Hazelnuts while trying to turn them into some kind of cookie dough/paste
 
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