CEA offers a variety of fun and cultural academic activities. I decided to take part in the cooking class offered to us. It was a three hour class, but defiantly worth it. We started out by creating the ‘dough’ for our fresh pasta. All you need to make fresh pasta is eggs, flour and a little bit of salt. While the ‘dough’ was resting, we started to work on our appetizer which was an eggplant souffle.   While the eggplant souffle baked in the oven, we started to work…

 Pizza from The ClubHouse Italy has a reputation of mastering the perfect dish, or two, or all. Before I left for Florence, I read that the meals here would cost me €50 on average. I did panic a bit and told myself I was allowed to go out and treat myself once or twice a month. Trust me it was a misunderstanding on my part and I learned that the easy way. I went out to eat the week I arrived and to this day I go out…

You can walk into any convenience store in Rome and grab a box of pasta off the shelf for a euro or less. Pretty crazy, right? If you didn’t know better, you would figure that would be the single best option for pasta meals during your stay in Italy. I quickly fell into that trap within the first few weeks of my stay in Rome. But last week I attended a cooking class and have changed my mind-set ever since! Last Wednesday night, a group of CEA students…

It’s hard to believe that the students and I have been in Rome for nearly four months. Tempus fugit, time flies, as the ancient Romans said. This week is final exam period and our lives are full of exams, papers, presentations, and final projects. We’ll enjoy a festive CEA farewell dinner to end our academic semester and then start packing to go home. Advent has begun and the traditional Christmas market on Piazza Navona reminds us that the holidays are right around the corner. The grocery stores are…