Oh Mai Pizza Pie...In Naples, Italy

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Yup. That's me. Deep throating some deep dish. 

While others may have flown to and from the cities within Southern Italy for comfort and frequent flyer miles, I, chose to drive. Well, wait. Asian driver no survivor. My friend Bart drove, so I wrote blogs in the back of the car like this one.

The homies and I drove specifically to Naples, Italy to try the legendary pizza from L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele. This place has gotten loads of press after mai cheekbone muse Julia Roberts starred in Eat Pray Love. Remember she had to literally go shopping for bigger jeans? It all makes sense now.

(My best advice if you get here is to drop somebody off so they can go take a number, since parking is a biotch.) That way you get to go and peek inside at the lil assembly line action they got goin on for these pies! 

Lucas, recognized me from my show How Do I Look, and offered to let me roll my own pizza! With these acrylics, I said hell naw, but did thank Mr. Lucas for watching my show with his wife!

L'antica Pizzaria is known for only making two flavors: Marinara and Margherita. Obviously we had to get both to try em all. As I sat there watching everyone else dive into their pizzas around me. One thing I noticed right away is that the crust is SUPER gooey and soft. There were dudes rolling it into straight up burritos around me, while most just folded the huge half of the pie over and ate the whole thing. Nearly everyone in the resty had a whole pie to themselves. I asked myself why the hell I chose a pencil skirt that day.

Finally when the pies came out, it smelled like unicorns had landed in heaven. You could just see the pops of the mozzarella on top of the ooozy sauce. There were parts of the pie that had crispy burnt edges, which I loved. And each pie was totally shaped different. I remembering reading from a cook book somewhere that when a pie isn't round, its because of the lack of sugar in the dough. (Can any Italians out there verify?)

Taste test: this pie was legit. Not only was the soft crust something very different because of it's elastic, chewy taste, but the pizza sauce was the life. Rather than the sauce being like a ragu-ish texture, it was more like Lucille Ball and Ethel skipped the grapes and went to town crushing these delicious ripe cherry tomatoes until they got this sauce that was fresh filled with skin and ripe seeds. The sauce was everything a pizza should offer. I'll admit I normally like a pizza with hella fixins (olives, anchovies, sausage, ham, shrooms, basil, peppers..) but I kept these comments to Maiself because I didn't feel like getting punched in my pencil skirt.

Didn't matter what I thought anyway, when this was what I was looking at:

Has anyone ever tried this? And as far as here in the US, where do YOU think has the BEST pizza? Lmk, because I'm that girl that'll (have Bart) drive there stat to try it!


I'm All That... And Dim Sum.

You guys all know how much I love food. I'm a HUGE foodie and can't wait any time I have a brunch, lunch or dinner date! One of mai favorite meals that hits really close to home is Dim Sum, a traditional Cantonese meal that is prepared in bite-sized portions. Not going to lie, you have to be down with the diverse parts of town if you want a real dim sum meal. I'm talking Alhambra, Gardena and China Town to name a few here in LA.

Here are five reasons why I love dim sum so much:

1. It's tasty AND healthy. If you opt for low-sodium soy sauce, dim sum meals can actually be a healthy meal option. All ingredients are fresh and made that day. Packed with protein and very rarely fried.

2. It's cheap. There is nothing better than feeling full after a good meal and knowing you got your money’s worth. Am I right? You can invite ten or more of your friends to a dim sum brunch and walk away with some extra spending money.

3. It's family style. When we have dim sum we share everything, so it’s fun to try different things and go a little out of your comfort zone. If you’re not into chicken legs, then don’t eat the chicken legs. But don’t worry, there’s something for everyone! Even you vegan people out there! #BokChoy #ChineseSpinach #TofuEggplant #TofuMushroomDumplings

4. It reminds me of home. Every Sunday, Mai fam and I would always head to Milpitas or South San Jose early to get in line for that scrumdidlyumptious dim sum.

5. Because tea. I'm a huge tea drinker because it’s not only delicious but it is SO good for you! Dim sum is always served with tea. But remember, don’t serve your own, it’s bad luck, and always considered a sign of respect when you serve your guests or elders before yourself. 

And that’s it, the five reasons why I’m so obsessed with dim sum. Have you tried it? Are you going to try it? I definitely encourage you to if you want an authentic Asian meal. Tell me how much you love dim sum by commenting below!

xxxxxx,

JM

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