Cuisine Crawl 3 MINS READ

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Cuisine Crawl 3 MINS READ

Are you looking for the perfect meals to whip up this week? Look no further because we have prepared a menu of five traditional Italian dishes that are easy to make and will leave you wanting more. Before you start cooking and become the next master chef, it’s important to learn a thing or two about where traditional Italian dishes come from and why they are an integral piece of Italian culture. Let’s start with the origin and ingredients.

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Before we get cooking, let’s learn about traditional Italian dishes and cuisine:

Restaurants around the world have adapted certain plates and recipes to create their own version of Italian food. However, when it comes to traditional preparation, it’s important to know the correct methods and ingredients in order to make your Italian dishes just right. Or Perfetto come Italia, as the Italians say.

  1. Italians don’t use very much garlic.
    While you may find garlic bread at the top of most menus in Italian restaurants around the world, traditional Italian restaurants don’t serve garlic bread.  Rather, bread is typically served plain. Italians avoid overusing garlic in their dishes. They prefer to rely on flavorful and fresh ingredients.
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish.
    Don’t worry, we’re not denying spaghetti and meatballs is delicious, however, it is not an authentic Italian dish. Italians actually rarely serve meat in their pasta.
  3. Pepperoni means “bell pepper” in Italian.
    If you have ever walked into a pizzeria in Italy and asked for a pepperoni pizza, you were probably surprised when a pizza with bell peppers was brought to your table.
  4. Naples (Napoli) is the most popular city in the world for its pizza.
    The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997, with pizza as we know it originating in Naples, Italy.
  5. On average, an Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year.
    You heard that right! In North America, a person eats around 15 1/2 pounds of pasta to compare. Yet, we think the more pasta, the better.

italian dishes caprese salad

A Traditional Starter: A Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Juicy and full of flavor, the Caprese salad topped with a pesto dressing, is a staple in any Italian meal. Originating from the Island of Capri in the 1950s, this salad is simple to prepare and requires only a few fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and homemade pesto sauce to dress. Learn how to make the famous Caprese salad with pesto, here.

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A Hearty Pasta Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

If you have ever had pasta in Italy, you probably tried spaghetti alla carbonara. One simply hasn’t lived until you’ve had this meal. The real key to making traditional carbonara is making it with guanciale, not pancetta. This recipe requires only spaghetti, eggs, peppercorn cheese, guanciale, and pepper. However,  if you can’t find guanciale in your local market, pancetta is perfectly acceptable to use. Indulge in a plate of carbonara, here.

margarita pizza italian dish

A Classic: Pizza Margherita.

Learn how to make a classic Margherita pizza from professional Italian chefs in Napoli. You can turn your kitchen into a cheesy paradise in just under thirty minutes. All you need is flour, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil and a lot of love to make a pizza like the pros. Find an authentic recipe, here.

florentine steak

A Delicious Main Course: Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

For all meat lovers, you will not want to miss having Fiorentina steaks at your Italian dinner. It’s a known fact that at least one person in every Tuscan home knows how to make this steak. With just a couple, easy steps, you can learn how to traditionally make Bistecca alla Fiorentina, too.

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A Must-Have Dessert: Tiramisù.

An Italian feast isn’t complete without an incredible dessert. Tiramisù is a classic. With no need to bake, and requiring just a few minutes to prepare, it’s the perfect dessert to any dinner. The coffee biscuit and mascarpone cream are simply irresistible. You’ll have to try it for yourself after learning the recipe, here.

Now that you know how to prepare these five traditional Italian dishes, enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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Hacks & Tips 3 MINS READ

The Ultimate 2020 Bucket List Adventures

The Ultimate 2020 Bucket List Adventures

Hacks & Tips 3 MINS READ

Is there something you have always dreamed of, but haven’t thought it was possible? A goal that appears too distant, a skill that seems too hard, or a place that is too far away? If there is one thing we have learned during this temporary travel break, it is that it is time to make our dreams become a reality. But where to start? We suggest you build a bucket list!

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The CuddlyNest team wants to help you start and finish your bucket list this year! We have put together our brains, our maps, our journals, and our guides together to create the most extensive list of bucket list items to cross off in 2020. And the best part of all? These real places, adventures, and goals are things our team at CN want to accomplish, too!

Find your inner wanderlust and be inspired by these one-of-a-kind bucket list experiences:

Tours and Attractions:

  • Visit the headquarters of Apple in Cupertino, California.
  • Attend a Broadway Musical.
  • Go to Disneyland Tokyo.
  • Visit Silicon Valley.

Cooking and Eats:

  • Take a cooking class in Italy. Buon Appetito!
  • Have a dining experience in a Michelin Star Restaurant.
  • Eat tacos in Mexico.
  • Eat pasta out of a wheel of cheese.
  • Take a wine tour in Hungary.

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Learn how to make pasta from an Italian professional.

Create and Learn:

  • Learn how hip-hop dance in NY.
  • Build a “tiny house.”
  • Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Design an engine of a car.
  • Write a cookbook.
  • Learn Japanese in Kyoto.
  • Learn French during the summertime in France.
  • Pass my C1 in Spanish.
  • Learn how to make traditional pottery in Tamegroute, Morocco.

World Monuments: 

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Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Travel: Bucket List Destinations to Explore

  • Visit North Korea.
  • Live in a van for a year and drive around South America.
  • Go on a week-long cruise.
  • Visit NYC and take a walk through Central Park.
  • Stay a week in Norway to see the Northern Lights.
  • Explore the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
  • Take a train tour through Southeast Asia.
  • Visit 10 countries in the next 3 years.
  • Go on a nomadic journey in the desert.

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Explore the Sahara Desert by taking a camel ride tour.

Adventure:

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Stand up tall next to the gigantic statues of Rapa Nui on Easter Island.

While staying home is its own adventure, we promise that we will all explore again soon. Tell us where you want to go, what you want to see, and what you want to do. Let’s rediscover the world together.

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Barcelona 2 MINS READ

Brunch en Barcelona #LQQCQ

Brunch en Barcelona #LQQCQ

Barcelona 2 MINS READ

¿Sabéis lo que es un Brunch? Primero de todo, nos gustaría explicaros el concepto. La palabra Brunch es una mezcla de Breakfast (desayuno) y Lunch (comida) y consiste en una comida que se da generalmente luego del desayuno y antes del almuerzo, aunque también entre el almuerzo y la merienda. Es decir, una comida entre comidas en la que casi todo está permitido.

Es por eso que este sábado mandamos a Jennifer Garcia (nuestra embajadora en Barcelona), a uno de los cafés más emblemáticos de la ciudad condal: Alsur Café. Este café con diferentes locales en la ciudad está poniendo de moda otro concepto: #LQQCQ, es decir, lo que quieras cuando quieras. Porqué, ¿quién no ha soñado con unos churronuts para comer?


¿Y que son los churronuts? Pues como su nombre indica, una mezcla entre donuts y churros, y es que en Alsur Café no dejan de innovar. Con su propio obrador en la ciudad y con un reputado equipo de cocina, estos maestros del brunch no descansan para encontrar la mezcla ideal capaz de deleitar a sus comensales diariamente. Y es que no es fácil ser una de las tendencias en una ciudad como Barcelona. Por eso mandamos a nuestra embajadora CuddlyNest para que experimentara en primera persona el concepto #LQQCQ y os hiciera llegar a todos ese sabor único de los platos preparados con amor.

Por eso, si estáis en Barcelona disfrutando de una de nuestra #CuddlyStay hacerla aún más memorable (si se puede), con una experiencia gastronómica apta para todos los bolsillos y los paladares más exquisitos del mundo. Porque en Cuddlynest intentamos que todo el mundo se sienta como en casa en cualquier lugar, porque queremos que vuestras estancias sean únicas y a medida. Porque lo importante es saber que estés dónde estés hay alguien que se preocupa por tu bienestar.

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Croatia 4 MINS READ

Croatian Food Guide: 5 Amazing Traditional Dishes – CuddlyNest

Croatian Food Guide: 5 Amazing Traditional Dishes – CuddlyNest

Croatia 4 MINS READ

If you’re like us, then some of your all-time favorite travel moments had to involve food. From flavorful Italian pizza and traditional stews to delicious soups and homemade paella, Europe offers some of the most unique cuisines in the world. We like to plan our trip itinerary by filling it with cooking classes and world-class restaurants. After all, they offer some of the best experiences as well. In Croatia, food is a cultural tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, which is why we want to highlight some of the best cuisines the country has to offer. So before we start planning our getaways, let’s start by digging into CuddlyNest’s Croatian Food Guide.

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Croatian Cuisine – A Mix of the Best

When visiting Croatia, you will soon realize that the cuisines in the middle of Croatia and the coast are very different, both in preparation and ingredients. The mainland incorporates Slavic tradition and ingredients in its food, including stuffed bell peppers, poppy seed strudel, and other foods that can be found in neighboring countries like Hungary and Turkey. The coastal regions, on the other hand, are known for fusing together Croatian and Italian delights. From fresh seafood to rich salads, cities like Split cater their cuisine to the location and atmosphere that the Adriatic region offers. If you are planning to go to Croatia, we recommend visiting both the coast and the city so you can indulge in them both. Now that you know the geographical differences between the cuisines, let’s dive into some of the best traditional Croatian dishes!

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1. A Vegan Delight – Poppy Seed and Almond Strudel

If you think Strudel is for Austrians, think again. Croatian poppy seed-filled strudels fill the air with the sweetest smell you’ll ever experience. The slightly crunchy top, sprinkled with snow-white sugar, and the rich taste of poppy seeds make the strudel a perfect start to the day. Paired with a soy cappuccino from freshly ground coffee beans, nothing can beat this duo for breakfast. Our favorite place in Zagreb for the best pastries in town is Dubravica pekarnica – just make sure to be early enough to get some right out of the oven!

2. Vegetarian Holiday Food – Pag Cheese

If you are a fan of natural, free-range food, Croatian Pag cheese is a must. Made from sheep on Pag island, this treat is hard, salty, and gets more flavorful with age. For cheese lovers, it may remind you of Italian pecorino. One of the peculiarities in this cheese is the strong and distinct taste resulting from the sheep freely grazing the natural herbs, like rosemary. Paški sir, as it is referred to in Croatian, can also be tasted in a variety of food tours, so do not forget to consider checking some out before going to Croatia.

croatian wine

3. Korčula White Wine

Croatian weather and climate are especially good for winemaking. Traditional wineries offer one of the best white wine varieties in the region. In Croatia, Korčula Island is well known for its winemaking tradition. The island is proud of its white sand beaches that offer wine drinking paired with unforgettable views. Make sure to look for the distinctive dry taste, which is produced exclusively in Croatia. Croatia’s Korčula’s forests hide two well-known wine villages, Čara and Smokvica, where the famous pošip grapes are grown. Both wines go well together with seafood, lamb, and even traditional Peka stews. You can also taste the prošek, a sweet dessert wine, to accompany dessert fruits.

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4. A Speciality – Octopus Salad

Croatian food is said to be similar to Venetian traditional cuisine, due to the abundance and variety of seafood it features. When traveling through the coastal regions of Croatia, you must order seafood. While the best Croatian restaurants offer a wide variety of lobsters, mussels, octopus, even black ink fish foods, and others, one of the best and most distinct traditional Croatian specialties is the octopus salad. Grilled and served with fresh leafy greens, it is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. Some restaurants even add potatoes and capers, whilst others go for cherry tomatoes. You may want to order a glass of Korčula wine to go along with your meal. This is the best way to experience some of the best food in Croatia during your journey.

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5. The Hearty Dish of Dalamatia – Peka

In the winter, fish stew and hearty vegetable and meat dishes take over Croatian cuisine. One of the specialties and must-tries in case you visit Croatia in the chillier months of the year is Peka. Traditionally sauteed in a metal pot, this stew can include any kind of meat together with root vegetables. Its rich taste and full flavors come from hours of spices, vegetables, and meat simmering over an outdoor open flame. One enjoyable meal, and you’ll be energized to experience everything Croatia has to offer. Be sure to include Peka on your dinner or lunch menu the next time you’re in Dalmatia.

Taste Croatia Your Own Way

After reading our guide there is only one thing left to do. Go and experience the cuisine experience yourself. There is nothing better than tasting Croatian wine in the wineries where it was made, or filling up on a hearty stew straight off the flame. Go to a restaurant, be spontaneous, and keep in mind that every experience counts. Your moonlight swim, beach picnic, breakfast of strudel, and dinner of octopus salad will stay with you long after your vacation ends.

We hope you enjoyed our Croatian Food Guide and get to try these incredible dishes during your next visit!

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