A 2 hour train ride from Florence led us to a whimsical town that seems to be ‘floating’ on water. From our train we jumped on a taxi boat that docked up right to our hotel, Hotel Danieli. No cars or scooters allowed, just boats in Venice! I quickly realized that Venice was going to be an easy place to fall in love with!

With our room not ready to check in we decided to grab a quick bite to eat at our hotel’s rooftop spot – Terrazza Danieli. We had clear views for days & food that was beyond yum – especially good was the seared tofu with olive oil sorbet (yes, you read that right)! The light lunch gave us enough pep in our step to throw our bags in our room & get lost in the city!

Curves, turns & tiny alleys send you in every which way. You go up & down over countless bridges that bring you to a new spots around every corner – shops, food & gondola’s everywhere you look. No need to fret if you get a tad bit lost, there are signs directing you to the major landmarks & friendly Venetian’s that will help you if you need.

The day of casualness led us to a planned dinner with a family that we met in the Tuscan countryside – they were staying at Castiglion del Bosco, we all clicked & our schedules overlapped in Venice, so we penciled in a time to meet (how fun)! The drinks, food & company was perfecto! The restaurant, A Beccafico, is not on the water, but that is okay with tasty food like this – Mussels baked in broth with a filo top, fresh made pasta, scallops served on shells & sea bream marinated in orange!

As we parted ways with our new found friends the hub & I walked through Piazza San Marco. Hundreds of people & multiple bands playing at once with wine being poured & dessert being served – how could you not want a night cap? The bands were battling & the people were cheering along, such a fun way to end a great night!

A workout along The Grand Canal was needed after a few to many glasses of wine the night before. Afterwards we freshened up, we jumped on the public transportation (a boat bus) and headed to Murano & Burano. Two unique towns that are too cute to be missed. Murano is known for their glass blowing skills – so try to get a private tour of one of the facilities. However, don’t feel pressured to buy a piece, they are crazy expensive! Burano is another quick boat bus stop away. The cute shops, good food & colorful houses make it worth a visit!

The last day in Venice we were planning on hitting up all the museums & churches, however we opted on another relaxing day! Hey, Venice was so beautiful that we did not want to be inside! We walked around the city aimlessly for hours, had some sorbet, took a private boat ride & ended up having dinner right on The Grand Canal at one of the many spots you can pick from! To me, it was the perfect way to spend my last day in Venezia!

Venice offers so much, and I am sure I will make it back here!

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Italy!

Cumin Scallops with a Cucumber Almond Salad


Okay, so this salad is so YUM! Such a crisp summer salad that I will be whipping up for dinner parties for sure! The scallops can either be pan fried, baked or grilled. The plan was to initially grill these babies, but the warm NYC day turned cold quickly so I decided to pan fry…still delicious, but grilled scallops are out of this world, so going to try that next time!

  1. Peel the cucumber, then slice lengthwise & quarter – place in bowl
  2. Then add 1/4C crushed raw almonds, 1 scallion thinly sliced (white & green parts), 1t lemon juice, 1T EVOO, 1/4C chopped flat leaf parsley & 1/8t salt – blend & set in fridge until serving
  3. Rinse scallops, pat dry & rub with cumin mixture (1/4C cumin, 1t salt & 1/4t pepper)
  4. Heat skillet with EVOO & sear scallops for 5 minutes on each side (or until cooked to your desire)

Skewer scallops & serve on cucumber mixture! Hope you like!

Nutritional Info Per Serving for Salad (Serves 2): 150 calories – 14 grams of fat – 6 carbs – 3.5 grams of protein

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