Salone Del Gusto and Sunday Adventures


This weekend was a great one, full of friends and exploring more of Torino. On Friday I had another walking tour for architecture and for 20th century art I went to this presidential exhibition for US. Later that night, I went to the Pub with a couple friends since they hadn’t been there before. It’s nice to chat with friends and hang out.

On Saturday, I went to the food festival, Salone Del Gusto, that I’ve been waiting for since Summer! It was held by the SLOW Food Organization. It was huge! Imagine a nearly Target size building filled with booths of food samples, drinks, chocolate; but there were three of rooms that size. Then, there was also an international building for non-italian countries. Each building had different areas of italy. Sicily, Piemonte, Lombardia, ect. My friend and I were very full from all the free samples so that was our dinner and lunch. It took us 5 hours to go through all of it. I also got to be a judge at a food cooking competition, but that’s because barely anyone was there. Later on Saturday, I got to meet my friend’s language partner and her boyfriend and his brother. They drove us to a pub that a lot of local people go to. It had about 20 different Mojito options and hot chocolate options. It was fun to talk to Italians and it was very crowded. Unfortunately it’s a little hard to get to by bus, but I’m happy I went.

Sunday, I woke up and went to the Café Al Bicerin with my friend, Danielle (who I also went to Salone del gusto with). It was crowded and it seemed like a great Sunday morning tradition for other Italians. It’s gotten a lot colder here and on Friday it was raining all day. However…that makes for snow in the alps! So, after Bicerin, we went across the Po River and to this Mountain Museum. The walk there was beautiful. The walk was on a path up to the hill that the museum was on and the  leaves were very colorful; full of orange, yellow and red. We got into the museum for free and at the top there was a viewing terrace. Although it was cloudy, we could still see the alps covered in snow. It was a perfect, cold, fall day. We walked back and got some roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. I’m heading out to eat at a restaurant near my  house that I have yet to go to, but it sounds delicious. Tomorrow I have cuisine again so that should be fun!

IMG_6872 dinner

IMG_6880 church on the architecture walk


IMG_6896 presidential exhibition

IMG_6897french toast saturday morning

IMG_6899 salone del gusto outside

IMG_6900 cooking competition

IMG_6905 inside of the festival

IMG_6912 mini cone with chocolate liquor


IMG_6914 100 euro balsamic vinegar

IMG_6918 chocolate and chocolate and chocolate

IMG_6923 biscotti

IMG_6924 italy’s hot chocolate (pretty much melted chocolate)

IMG_6925 huge chocolate chip panettone

IMG_6933 pastries


IMG_6938tomatoes from Sicily

IMG_6940 bees for honey



IMG_6949 fair trade chocolate

IMG_6952 mojito fair trade?!

IMG_6953 nougat type bar from Germany

IMG_6956 after

IMG_6959 bicerin on sunday afternoon..yumm! chocolate coffee and cream

IMG_6976 view of Po River..and mountain museum

IMG_6980 walking to the mountain museum in the park (cold, but beautiful)

IMG_6987 view of alps from the museum

IMG_7007mole, alps…love this city

IMG_7018 chocolate store

IMG_7021 cover band of beatles

IMG_7023 roasted chestnuts on the street.


Auto Museum


I had some time in between going to the auto museum and class, so I wanted to write another post for this week. Tuesday, my friends and I went over to another friend’s apartment and had dinner and played some games. Last night I had art class till 8:30 and then hung out with my neighbors. One of our friends wanted to go to the Pub down the street, so we joined her. I split a delicious nutella crepe with  my friend. We met some italians there and it was interesting to meet two italian guys who didn’t like soccer. In Italy there are types of guys called mammone who live with their parents till their 40’s or till their parent’s die. My roommate was talking to one of them, so that was interesting. One of the guys said that it was unacceptable be living with his parents at his age, but the other guy said it was fine and normal. An interesting conversation about the different ideas of ‘normal’ in Italy. The bartender at the pub knows our names as we go there a couple times a week. It is a fun place to hang out and talk if we don’t feel like being in the apartments.

Tonight, I have architecture and then a friend is making dinner and dessert. Tomorrow I’m going on a walking tour for architecture and then a visit to the President’s Museum (relating to american presidents since the election is this year) for art.

I can’t wait till the food festival Saturday! There’s about 5 events or tastings happening every hour. I will definitely be there all day! Have a great rest of the week and a fun weekend Smile 

IMG_6780 IMG_6781 my dinner and daily coffee from the vending machines at school. Very small cup. IMG_6784IMG_6785 korean dinnerIMG_6789 dinner with friends (some missing from picture)

IMG_6797IMG_6798IMG_6799IMG_6800IMG_6805IMG_6809IMG_6811IMG_6812IMG_6813American military jeep

IMG_6814IMG_6816IMG_6818IMG_6820IMG_6821IMG_6823IMG_6824IMG_6825IMG_6829IMG_6830 car graveyardIMG_6831IMG_6832IMG_6838IMG_6839IMG_6841IMG_6845IMG_6853IMG_6854IMG_6855IMG_6860IMG_6862IMG_6864IMG_6868IMG_6870 molding before paint

truffle fair, castle, sunday fun…


   This weekend was another fun weekend in Torino. Friday I had architecture class in the morning and afterwards I went to the Palazzo Madama for 20th century art. There was an exhibition of Robert Wilson’s art. Robert Wilson is an american artist and the pictures of johnny depp and brad pitt below are his work. They are moving pictures, like in Harry Potter. Friday night I went with a few friends to a sushi place with a conveyor belt that allowed us to choose whatever we wanted for 10 euros. My favorite was the Bao, which had a doughy, soft outside and had a cornbread sweeter inside. After sushi we walked to this area where a lot of locals go to at night. It’s a bit more calm than the Murazzi area (where people dance by the Po River). There were wine bars and more a place to hang out than go crazy like the murazzi. I definitely want to go back this coming weekend to check it out.

    On Saturday, USAC took us on a day trip to Alba for a wine and truffle festival. Alba is where Nutella is made. When we got off the bus I could smell Nutella and truffles (these truffles are expensive mushrooms not the chocolate). We got to the truffle fair area and I saw that some truffles were going for 500-600 euros for 500 grams. It is very expensive! I didn’t get any truffles but we got to sample food and wine from different vendors. We had lunch in the expo area and it was good, but I was expecting better. After walking around the truffle fair, my friends and I  had an hour or so to spend in the city of Alba so we walked around. I found the best pastry place I’ve seen so far in Italy. There were a lot of variety and my friends and I split something. I was tired from the day, so we went to a café and got some espresso. We got back to torino at 5 or so and I spent the day till about 8 relaxing. I watched Valentine’s Day with my neighbors and then went to the Irish Pub for a bit.

Sunday I was woken up by the sound of loud drums and I thought it was protestors outside. However, I remembered there was an autumn festival going on right outside my apartment building. I went with a friend and it was an open market with different clothes vendors, food ect that you find in many piazzas on the weekend in torino. Later, we went to the palazzo reale, the royal palace in torino. It’s been turned into a museum. I couldn’t take pictures inside, but there were many huge rooms with golden walls (painted gold, I don’t think it was all gold). My favorite part was the armory room where each side had a fake horse and a knight with armor riding it. There were also other armored knights along the side. I got some roasted chestnuts from a street vendor after that and it was delicious! I told my friends  about a street parallel to via roma (a main road to get back to the metro station) and we decided to walk along there for change of scenery. We stopped at a gelato place because it looked crowded and I was happy we did! One of the best gelatos I’ve had so far!

Today was my first day of Elementary Italian 2, but we pretty much reviewed everything we learned. I have a new teacher for it and I believe she majored in psychology, so I may talk to her about that after class one time over some coffee. She’s obsessed with coffee as well! Sadly, I don’t have italian cuisine tonight because my teacher went to spain, but next week I will! Tomorrow I’m heading to an area that my grandpa told me about for a little day trip since I don’t have classes on Tuesday.  I realized yesterday I have 9 more weeks left! Time flies and I feel as if it’s going to go faster with a few overnight trips coming up in november.

Have  a great monday! Buongiorno!

IMG_6681 tiramisu from cuisine class

IMG_6698IMG_6700palazzo madama

IMG_6702IMG_6708 view from museum

IMG_6716 sushi conveyor belt

IMG_6721 attempt at lighting lanterns on the murazzi

IMG_6724 castle we visited saturday


IMG_6736 IMG_6737truffle fair


IMG_6747 mushrooms

IMG_6748 lunch at the truffle fair

IMG_6751 walking around alba

IMG_6754 medieval festival happening after truffle fair (didn’t go to though)

IMG_6757 Alba street in autumn.

IMG_6767 palazzo reale (couldn’t take more pictures inside)

IMG_6771 palazzo reale

IMG_6772 walking around sunday afternoon

IMG_6774 sunday gelato…

Busy week, relaxing weekend in the alps


I hope everyone’s weekend was fun! I just have to say that I can’t believe it’s already october 15th!

Anyways, last week was busy for me because I had tests/quizzes in all my classes. However, now I am done and only have my italian language final and readings to do this week. Also, on Friday I had another 3 hour walking tour for architecture, but that was really interesting because I got to see other areas of Turin I wouldn’t have otherwise gone to (such as seeing the Polytechnic school here).

Here’s a couple pictures from Italian Cuisine last week: we made pasta by hand!

IMG_6402IMG_6405 our teacher’s mom coming in and helping us make pasta by hand.

After the walking tour I went with my neighbors to the cinema museum and the Mole. The Mole is the symbol of Turin; it is a tower and the highest building in Turin. In fact, I learned on my tour that the bank Intesa Sao Paolo can’t build its skyscraper higher than the mole.

The cinema museum was huge and it had a ramp going up the interior of the mole, with pictures of costumes, sets, actors of different movies. A lot of the recent movies shown were from the United States. I’ve noticed here that a lot of american music is played in stores and the movie theatres have american movies playing rather than italian movies.

IMG_6444IMG_6445 café torino

IMG_6446IMG_6455 mole and we’re on tv!

IMG_6465 mask from lord of the rings

IMG_6471 the ramp that I walked up in the museum

IMG_6497 donald duck, mickey mouse, and goofey in Italy!

IMG_6503IMG_6526 view from mole (it was a cloudy day)


On Friday night I went to a pub by my apartment with my neighbors. Everyone was tired from walking around so no one wanted to go dancing downtown.

Saturday I went to Bardonecchia, a town an hour and 20 minutes away that hosted some of the 2006 olympic events. My friends and I went hiking in the Alps. We didn’t go too far, as we were still in the tree line, but it was beautiful and it was nice to escape from the city for a bit. After our hike we got a celebratory beer and returned to Turin. Saturday night we made dinner and relaxed.

 IMG_6644 main street of bardonecchia, alps in the background

IMG_6646IMG_6648olympicIMG_6650IMG_6655 bridge IMG_6661IMG_6667 trail in trees


Sunday I mostly relaxed and watched Sex and the City with my roommate for a bit. After a couple hours I went to a street fair where they had food and clothes. I got a focaccia and a couple baked goods to try out. The focaccia was very salty though.

Today I have my cuisine class again and I am making gnocchi for one of the dishes!

Whirlwind Weekend


I hope everyone is doing well. This past weekend I went to Oktoberfest, but first I want to show what my cuisine class made last Monday for our first class.

IMG_6324  zucchini bruschetta and eggplant grilled with olive oil and vinegar

IMG_6326IMG_6328 spaghetti with egg (which makes it creamy) and pancetta (bacon) and a saladIMG_6329 half a canned peach (from our instructor’s garden) with homemade whip cream and amaretto cookie on top.

It was a fun class and my instructor’s sister used to be a chef ,so it was interesting to learn from her about the different dishes in each region. Also, it was nice to see an Italian Apartment, as our class was held at my instructor’s apartment near school.

On Thursday, I went to Aperitvo with my neighbors. I love that aspect of the Italian Culture. It’s like cocktail hour, but with better food and I can buy the drinks!

Anyways, this weekend I went to Oktoberfest in Munich. Friday night I went on a bus that left at 9:30 and got into munich at 6:45. I managed to sleep for a lot of it, so it wasn’t too bad.

IMG_6370 walking in the morning

IMG_6375IMG_6377IMG_6381IMG_6389IMG_6390IMG_6396 the tentIMG_6399 the church


We walked over to the park where all the tents were at and everyone split up into different groups depending on where people wanted to go. We went to the HB tent which is supposed to be one of the better ones. We got in to the tents at 9 am, but getting in was very crowded. Everyone was stampeding and pushing towards the door. I was holding onto my friend so we wouldn’t get separated. I barely had my feet on the ground because I was literally getting picked up from being squished. After getting in though, it was fine. We managed to get a table and got our 1 liter beers at 9:30.

Everyone in the tents were singing and doing drink competitions. We met people from the US who were studying abroad in Germany. I also was walking around and I saw a guy who was wearing a San Diegito shirt; which is a school in Encinitas. I asked if he knew one of my friends and he recognized the name. It’s a small world!

After 12 we left the tent, but my phone managed to get lost, so I got a new one yesterday. I ended up walking around munich and checked out a church nearby. We didn’t go back to any of the tents though, but I had fun anyways, and there’s only so much tent excitement I can take. There were a lot of drunk people walking around (surprise) and ambulances were getting people every 3 or 5 minutes I would say.

We left from Munich at 9:45 and I got in to Turin at 7. I accidently slept from 7:30 am to 3:30 on Sunday, but I managed to fall asleep that night at 3 anyways. I have another cuisine class tonight, I’m excited!

Happy Monday!


One Month!


It has officially been one month since I’ve been to Torino today. I can’t believe it’s october, I’m sure this month will go by fast too, as I have more plans in the coming weeks.

I hope your weekend was fun! I took a trip to the Italian Riviera with USAC. We left friday morning by bus and took a tour of Genova. It was pretty, but it reminded me of Venice beach. There were a lot of people trying to sell you stuff as you walked around.  After our tour, we did a panoramic lift on the boardwalk to have a higher view of the city. At around 1230 we left and headed over to Santa Margherita Ligure. We had focaccia pizza for lunch and headed up to a church and a huge villa to see the views of the sea and santa margherita. We hung out in the garden of the villa for 15 minutes taking pictures. It was beautiful blue sky day. The rest of the day we had free. We all walked to our hotel, put on our bathing suits and headed to swim in the Mediterranean. It was warm and relaxing; I miss the beach! (however, it was not sandy, the beach was a lot of little pebbles).


IMG_6134 church ceiling in genovaIMG_6143 fountain in piazza in genova


IMG_6173 santa margherita


IMG_6202 view from villa


On Saturday we woke up and headed to Cinque Terre. It was actually raining on and off that day, but luckily I brought my rain jacket! The most memorable part of that trip was the views of the cliffs and our lunch at one city called vermazza. Our waiter was really friendly at the restaurant; not just to us either, he was walking around talking to everyone. He said to Facebook him and he wants to visit all the places where we are from. He was probably one of the best waiters I’ve had. We went to three more cities ( I didn’t go to all 5 due to being sick of walking in the rain and the other two cities were a lot smaller). Later in the day, we headed back and hung out in Santa Margherita. Saturday night my friends and I went to a restaurant we heard was good. My friend, Ye Seul and I split pizza. After we talked and had some fun swimming in the sea at night.

IMG_6229IMG_6230cinque terraeIMG_6233

IMG_6239 pesto pasta at lunch

IMG_6240 lunch/waiter at cinque terrae

IMG_6244IMG_6258 bakery at santa margherita

IMG_6259IMG_6261 dinner at santa margherita

On sunday USAC took us by boat to Portofino (all of this was included in the cost of the trip). Portofino was really nice and thankfully on Sunday it was sunny again! We walked up to a church on the hill and on our walk we could see Dolce and Gabanna’s house. The church had amazing views of portofino and santa margherita across the way. While walking we also saw a huge yacht, the largest I’ve seen: 4 levels, possibly owned by a Lady Catherine as that is what the yacht was named. After the church, we spent a couple more hours in Portofino walking around and then headed back to santa margherita. All of us were exhausted and we had checked already (our bags were held in storage at the hotel), so we just went to the beach to lie on the rocks and take a short nap.

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IMG_6269 view of santa margherita from boat


IMG_6284 portofino

IMG_6289 church


IMG_6303 portofino above from castle

IMG_6305 view from castle santa margherita in the distance

IMG_6317 lady catherine yacht

We left Santa Margherita at 5:45 (20 minute delay) and got back to torino at 915.

It was a fun, relaxing, but busy weekend. It was nice to be back on the beach and swim in the sea.

Today, I had school and I went to buy a bus ticket to Oktoberfest. It’s an overnight bus and a few of my friends are doing it. I decided it would be worth it to go since I’ll be sleeping on the bus on Friday and Saturday night when we head back. We only have one day in Munich. It seems that a lot of people are going to hang out at oktoberfest for a bit and then walk around Munich. I may meet up with a friend from Cal Poly who is studying abroad there and is going as well.

ater at 5 I will have my first cuisine class! I heard the other people made gnocchi and some veggie dish, peach dessert and 2 different wines for taste pairing. So that should be fun!

Happy Monday!


IMG_6251 cinque terre