18 Jul 2008


More participants are here at Kelly's Show and tell Friday

Today I will give you a little glimpse of all the good things you could eat in the Garda Lake region. As a part of Northern Italy belonged to Austria, there are still many austrian specialities especially bacon which is called "Speck" (the german word).

This big piece of "Speck" was hanging on a restaurant's ceiling

Pizzas with all kind of ingredients and for all tastes

Pasta in all sizes, shapes and variations and all prepared in a different way. It is impossible to name all the plates you can eat. I loved very much pasta with seafood, or alla carbonara (with speck, eggs and parmesan cheese) or simply just with olive oil, fresh basil, garlic and parmesan cheese.

If you make the pictures bigger you can see all the different kinds of pasta which are sold and this is only a small part of all what exists !

A very good starter is "Carpaccio". These are paper thin raw slices of beef, prepared with lemon juice and on top thin slices of parmesan cheese. You can also put basil on top.

and of course the well known mozarella with tomatos

There are many trout breedings around the lake and in the mountains. It is an ideal place to eat a very fresh trout just coming out of the water. This is the one I had for my birthday. It was grilled and served with baked slices of zucchinis and fresh little potatoes.

she didn't have a very friendly smile !

There were a lot of fruits around but very, very expensive ! We couldn't believe it. Italy had always been so cheap for fruits and now it's the same or even higher price then in Belgium./

There is such a variety of ice creams it is unbelievable. I think it's the country with the best ice creams !

My favourite drink was called "frappé al Limone" which was an ice cold drink made with lemon ice cream, crushed ice cubes and milk. Although I don't like milk at all, it tasted very good and was really very refreshing.

Now don't think that I put on weight, even though I ate like a horse, everything was so good, but if you eat exactly the Italian way then it is very healthy and you don't get fat. I haven't seen a lot of Italians with overweight.


Puss-in-Boots said...

I adore Italian food and have several Italian recipe books. Last week I made stuffed cannelloni milanese...yum. I can't wait to go and taste all that yummy pasta. And you're right, it's not fattening if cooked correctly.

Thank you for that show & tell...makes my fish 'n' chips tonight seem pretty boring.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post, Gattina! All these pictures enjoy my day! Anaïs, a passé une dizaine de jours en Italie vers Gênes dans une famille qui avait un restaurant. Mais là elle a pris quelques kilos! Entrée: pâtes, plat de résistance avec frites...
Le matin, nutella! Dailleurs les deux jumeaux qui la recevaient avaient déjà une bonne surcharge pondérale! En fait ils étaient super attentionnés! Plus ils la voyaient manger plus ils étaient contents! Et c'est une grosse petite boule qui m'est revenue d' Italie!
J'attends mon congélateur! Il arrive d'une minute à l'autre!

Anonymous said...

Please explain "eating the Italian way". I am very curious.

Catherine said...

You're right Gattina, no overweight for those who eat healthy. Veggies get a huge place on Italian meal, even those that have yet disappeared from cooking of other countries. All your pictures make my mouth waters! This Ice cream choice! I will find it in a few days, at Menton.
Even that non-friendly trout with its veggies looks like an invitation. It's 11:10 here, and I'm hungry now! Thanks Gattina. Really ; )

Hootin' Anni said...

Raw beef? No way!! I've read about the Native Americans eating the flesh of animals right after the killing...I couldn't do that, how can y'all do that? Raw? No!!!

PS..your show n tell link on Mr. Linky over at Kelli's isn't working. I think you've done a typo on the protocol for your blog addy.

Have a terrific Friday [golly, from where I am it's 6 in the morning, it's probably sometime in the afternoon where you are already!]

Jeanette said...

Hi Gattina..Ohh I love Italian pasta, specially chicken and avocado fettaccini.
loved my Visit to Italy many years ago..

Melli said...

What is "speck"? I am not familiar with that! Those pastas look fabulous! There is NO WAY I'm eating raw beef - but the trout on the other hand is right up my ally! I'm sure "eating" the Italian way is defined as small portions. (compared to American - which is SUPER SIZE it! And which is WHY we are so many Super Sized!!!)

Maribeth said...

I think many Europeans are lean because they exercise more than Americans do. Not in gyms or anything, but they walk everywhere or bike. Staying active is so important!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a wonderful post Gattina! Your pictures are wonderful enough to eat! everything looks fresh and healthy, num :) but I'm not sure I would eat the raw beef, I may give it a go though :).

Have a wonderful Friday!
Kathi :)

Jientje said...

You just made me very hungry Gattina! All this food looks so good!
I love Italian food!

TorAa said...

Wwonderful meal.
And - I have to smile - Trouts in the Alpes - Truites vivantes - avec amandes. Have I have been there?

Our Sightseeing this Friday might be excotic for you. Even with surprises?

Charlotte said...

The food looks delicious (most of it). I love Italian food. Pizza is probably the most popular food in America. No, probably hamburgers are but pizza would be a close second.

eastcoastlife said...

Oh my! look at the mouthwatering Italian food!

What a great time you have!
And thanks for the photos, very lovely trip you went on!

Happy weekend!

Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures and great looking food!
Kathy (mimisgarden.blogspot.com)