05 Jun2010


A huge gelato banana split with cookies for the Teen, at the ancient Gelateria Biolin in San Stefano.


Boats on a canal in Murano.


Dry paint pigments at an art supplies store.


The arch of a pedestrian bridge over one of the small side canals.


My favorite sign of the trip “I open some time”… and bizarrely, I understood it. :)


The most amazing prosciutto e melone, with the prosciutto machine sliced to an incredible paper thin width!


A junk or used goods salesman, set up on his sailboat and on the banks of a canal. He had odds and ends of offer from paintings to furniture, glass lampshades, cutlery, china, etc.


Wonderful little gnocchi, in a cream sauce punctuated with large chunks of salty prosciutto. It was served on a massive parmesan crisp or basket. Superb, but a salt attack in the making!


Window shopping for yet another Panama hat at Borsalino.


A grocery and fruitstand acquired dinner enjoyed on the floor of our hotel room. Tired at the end of one day… the Teen asked that we eat in, so we bought several salads, some prosciutto, bread, apples, etc. and had a picnic in our hotel room!


More gelato, this time from GROM, which serves very good gelato…


And finally, some bottles of good balsamic vinegar on display at a food store. Some of the better bottles went upwards of Euro 50 per small bottle or PHP3,500++, ouch! But they are like balsamic nectar/honey and once you’ve tasted the really good stuff, the grocery version pales in comparison.



  1. bearhug0127 says:

    Amazing photographs. “I open sometime” is subtle. The photos of the food are good enough to eat. And “Borsalino” reminded me of a film with Alain Delon a good number of years ago..Thanks for sharing, MM.

    Jun 5, 2010 | 4:27 pm


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  3. Betchay says:

    And look at the prosciutto…….so fresh….unlike here it’s almost aged and dehydrated! and the mozarella balls!…ahhhh!……I’m hungry!

    Jun 5, 2010 | 5:21 pm

  4. sha says:

    I spent 2 days walking around the city… and I really love it.. I hope we will go to Venice this year but so far the schedule is Sardignia, Naples Capri, Ischia….

    Here are my Venice file http://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderlustsha/sets/72157601285837157/

    Jun 5, 2010 | 7:50 pm

  5. thelma says:

    great photoraphy! i feel like i am on vacation wth
    your family. thanks,mm, for sharing with us your travel experience…

    Jun 5, 2010 | 9:03 pm

  6. Hershey says:

    melon and ham looks awesome :D

    Jun 5, 2010 | 10:43 pm

  7. fried-neurons says:

    Very nice pictures, MM.

    I wonder the AG Ferrari store here never slices prosciutto that thin by default. It’s fantastic when it’s that thin because it just melts in your mouth.

    I agree about good balsamic vinegar. The most common, low-cost “balsamic” that one finds in a supermarket is typically nothing more than ordinary vinegar with added coloring and sugar, or just red wine vinegar aged for a short period of time. Nothing like true balsamic vinegar, which is like the nectar of the gods and can cost just as much. lol

    Jun 6, 2010 | 12:24 am

  8. UDO GANGL says:

    Venice is a kind of strange city…

    I used to go their businesswise 3-5 times a year (in the past) and always found it strange / exotic / funny / exhausting…

    And their is pretty good food which is sometimes hard to see but never hard to find!

    Have you tasted the typical black squid with white polenta ?
    Thats a great, strange looking and very good meal.

    Paying some 50+ Euros for a good Balsamico is something easily to do…. ;-))

    Jun 6, 2010 | 12:33 am

  9. Rebecca says:

    Grom has locations in NYC, too. I’ve tried the one in the West Village several times and wasn’t impressed. I’m sure the one in Venice is better.

    Next time you’re in NYC, try Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Their flavors are so bright and strong. :)

    Jun 6, 2010 | 4:06 am

  10. Marketman says:

    Rebecca, I had a previous post on GROM in New York, here. I also wrote about Il Laboratorio del Gelato, here. Our favorite so far is still Il Gelato San Crispino in Rome, here. The Teen has an obsession with gelato, so one of her ultimate goals is to taste the maximum number of flavors from the maximum number of purveyors before she turns 18…hahaha. :)

    Jun 6, 2010 | 5:30 am

  11. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Perhaps some areas of Malabon can be converted to be like Venice ;-)

    Jun 6, 2010 | 6:26 am

  12. Rhea says:

    Obsession w/ Gelato – Eyelovvetttt!!!

    Malabon = Venice?? pwede na din except for the floating garbage

    Love this post. Makes me yearn to travel to Europe even more :))

    Jun 6, 2010 | 1:06 pm

  13. Mila says:

    Please direct the Teen’s attention to the latest post on David Lebovitz’s blog, as he’s eating his way through Rome’s gelaterias. The flavors sound divine, tobacco infused chocolate with zabaglione, dear heavenly hosts!

    Jun 7, 2010 | 1:15 am

  14. lj says:

    oh yes,these pics remind me of our 3 weeks Italian vacation (Rome, Florence,Venice and Milan) in October 2008. while Venice is indeed captivating, I wonder if there is anything they can do to erase the stench of the canals. regardless, I still love Italy and my husband and I wish to visit again. not this year though, as we are headed to the French Riviera and Monaco this June.

    been lurking on your blog for quite sometime, and I like your articles.please keep writing. thanks!

    Jun 7, 2010 | 8:33 am

  15. Jade says:

    What camera and lens did you use to take these images? They all look amazing!!!

    Jun 8, 2010 | 12:24 am

  16. tna says:

    I got stuck on the 2nd photo (gelato banana split) – sublime… I wonder if any of the gelato sold locally meet the standards of the authentic Italian gelato? Husband says it’s really different and so far, all that we have tried are found wanting in his books. Me? I don’t discriminate – he..he…he…
    @ Artisan Chocolatier – love the idea (Malabon Venice) – sort of like when life gives you lemons… =)

    Jun 8, 2010 | 9:24 am

  17. Bubut says:

    i like the 3rd photo, boats at the canal. the color blue and green that blends well.. thanks for sharing.

    Jun 8, 2010 | 9:48 am

  18. portugalbear says:

    MM, just arrived from Italy. I super love Venice. Wouldn’t mind going back again. I’m slapping myself for not buying the murano necklace.

    Jun 9, 2010 | 9:36 am

  19. michelle o says:

    I love venice. Everywhere you turn, there’s something pretty.
    I tried a meloncello. It was absolutely yummy.

    Jun 10, 2010 | 5:28 pm


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