Posts filed under "venice"

Here And There

Well, I was in London...
but now we're in Texas.

After a few days 
of traveling, jet-lagging, binge eating, and hustling,
we are now
unwinding, getting back to working, and detoxing...

...oh yeah, and blogging.

Nothing too fancy,
but I thought I would brighten your Tuesday
(it is Tuesday right?)
with some things
that have been snagging my attention.

. . .

I saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night...
Tyler & I both agreed Ben Stiller is getting better looking with age,
however, we disagreed about liking the movie.
(Him = meh. | Me = yay.)

Anyone else love it as much as me?


I'm giving my site a facelift 
with the help of the always fabulous, Kelly.

She just does the best site design...
I'm such a big fan.

(Look for the updated, spiffy look soon.)


I may be the last girl on the planet 
not to have a Kate Spade cell phone...
but I finally got one (from here)
after my long-standing $5 amazon find busted.


I can't believe our babymoon
was over a year ago.

Man, that trip was fun.

Enough fun for this pregnant girl
to forget she was the size of Italy
and waddle around the streets of Venice
 for hours on end
while her legs swelled to the size
of giant salamis...

What I would give 
to be back in that moment...

I think I'd freeze time and just stay there forever.


Baby GAP came out with a Paddington Bear collection.
Be still my beating (or was it bleeding?) wallet.

Also along the
I-need-to-stop-spending-our-clothing-budget-on-baby lines:

I'll blog about them more later
when I host a giveaway for Minnetonka,
but in the meantime- $20 for a pair. 

They even got a "those are ridiculously cute" from Tyler...
who, if you know Tyler, doesn't say those kinds of things
just to make me feel good about my shopping haul.


Also, the lady-sized pair is pretty great 
for loafing around the house in...
I already am dreaming of a rainbow of them in my closet.


Oh, and speaking of giveaways...
tomorrow, there's going to be one here
for one of my favorite travel bags by Ellington.

Be back later this week for your chance to win.

. . .

And now, 
me and my Costco-sized tub of JIF
are headed to the couch
with an apple, The Sound of Music
and absolutely no shame.

(Okay, fine... a little shame. Stupid detox.)

*images original to Aspiring Kennedy
Posted on January 28, 2014 and filed under "babies", "life", "venice".

Pack Your Bags: Venice (Restaurants)

As I mentioned previously,
I love Venice
for a myriad of reasons...
but their local cuisine has never been one of them.

Perhaps it was our own fault,
but we have always struck out
when venturing out for food in the sinking city.

This past time,
on our babymoon,
we were determined to do better.

Luckily, we went with our friends Tyler & Amber
and they helped us source some really decent places to eat...

In fact, 
they were more than decent.

They were delicious.

If you head to any of these places,
you'll be in for a guaranteed treat.


Osteria Con Cucina

Calle Cavalli 4081
San Marco, 30124 Venezia
+39 041 522 8945

This place opened in 1936
and has apparently been awesome for a long time.

We went for "aperitivi,"
basically pre-dinner drinks & food...
which is one of the best kept secrets of Italy.

In Northern Italy
{specifically Venice!},
you can't go through early evening
without seeing slews of locals drinking
the pre-dinner drink, a "Spritz,"
which is a bright orange concoction consisting of
Aperol, white wine or prosecco, club soda & an orange slice.

In most local bars,
these cost about €2.50-4 
and are served with some delicious salty snacks
and nibbles like marinated artichokes and small sandwiches.

{Editor's Note: Don't worry, this pregnant lady passed on the booze
and concentrated her efforts on some calorie consumption outside of the liquid form.}

Enoteca Al Volto gets this time of day down perfectly.

The prices are ridiculously low,
the food & drink are fantastic,
and the ambiance is perfect.

Yes, the most expensive glass of wine is €5. Prosecco is €2 a glass.

Please, please go when you are in Venice...
and tell me how much you loved it.

{Because I'm fairly sure you will.... especially those artichokes. Yum!}


Calle Vallaresso, 1323
30124 Venezia (San Marco)
+39 041 528 5777

This place is a legend.

Literally, it's an actual historical landmark.

The three things you need to know about it:

1. It's the birthplace of the Bellini.

2. Hemingway hung out here.

3. It's super expensive
so be prepared to shell out some cash.

You won't be able to see from the frosted windows 
lining this tiny establishment,
but the interior is really low key.

{It almost reminds me of the interior of a boat?}

The staff is decked out in crisp white coats
and are ready to field any orders for Bellinis.

Look around,
it's what almost everyone else is drinking in there.

While the glass may initially seem small,
just consider what it would look like in a champagne flute
and you'll realized that actually-
it's about the right size.

A Classic Bellini is €16.50
If you opt for a pregnant-friendly version, it's €11.50

Yeah, it's a splurge
but you kinda have to do it 
when you're in Venice.

And hey, 
at least the Olives are free!

Amber & Tyler. Thanks for the Bellini, Amber!

Bottoms Up!

*No need for a reservation
if you're just stopping in for drinks.


Trattoria Pizzeria

Calle Stagneri 5251
San Marco, 30124 Venezia
+39 041 523 6583

There are many terrible places to eat in Venice.

Pretty much every place that has pictures on their menu
or plasters multiple translations of the menu to their windows
with flags indicating the language
should be completely avoided...

But in a town like Venice
that is so... "tourist friendly"
{read: tourist trap},
you can find yourself with few options
other than some really expensive options...
unless you go to Da Mamo.

This is a great pizzeria and trattoria.

Think delicious pasta and pizza...
and incredible dessert.

You have to try it to believe it,
but the strawberries & marscapone drizzled with balsamic
will change your life.

We didn't have reservations
and eventually got a table after a brief wait...
but it was also January and raining.

I think you'd be smart to have your hotel call ahead
and save a table for you to avoid getting stuck without one...
or book ahead through their website.


Calle Larga San Marco 404
San Marco, 30124 Venezia
+39 041 283 4939

Our concierge recommended this pizzeria to us
late upon our arrival to Venice.
Tired and happy to hear of a place nearby,
we went...
and remarked how there is also a ROSSOPOMODORO
near my offices in London.

Well, come to find out...
it's the same restaurant.

Okay, obviously not the same,
but it's part of a chain
originating out of Naples.

Tyler was slightly devastated,
but we both agreed
that had we not known there were others
we would really loved it.

{Does that make us hipsters or something?}

The food is great- especially the pizza,
 the prices are more than fair,
the decor is cool, the staff is great with Americans/tourists, 
& the location near St. Marks Square is a win.

Honestly, it was really tasty and I'd swallow my pride
and totally eat there again...
which is why I'm adding it on my list of recommendations.



Here are a few places recommended by fellow readers
that made their time in Venice special... and delicious.

Osteria La Zucca
Santa Croce 1762
30135 Venice (San Marco)

"... beautiful canal side setting and I highly recommend the pumpkin flan."
-Jeff & April

Calle dei Morti 2253
Santa Croce, 30135 Venice (San Marco)

"It's a hidden gem, but worth the search. I would ABSOLUTELY call ahead-
we have been to Venice three times and were only able to get in two of the times."
-Stephanie Lane

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy
Posted on February 8, 2013 and filed under "Italy", "travel tips", "venice".

Pack Your Bags: Burano, Italy

While it may be a place

that can completely be "seen" in a day or two,
Venice is an absolute must 
for planning a trip to Italy.

Maybe you don't have to go your first trip...
but promise me, 
at some point in your life,
you'll make it here.

It's like nothing you've ever seen.

After visiting Venice a handful of times,
I was pretty confident that I had seen all there was to see.

Until my sister pointed me in the direction 
of the island of Burano
during a trip there in 2007.

Now Murano is the really famous island 
where all the gorgeous glass is made,
but Burano is the other island,
that's located a bit further out,
where the (somewhat less famous) Venetian lace has it's home.

While it was fairly unknown a handful of years ago,
it has grown increasingly popular
over the past five to ten years.

Each time we go,
the boat has more and more people on it
and the island's main canal 
has more people walking down 
taking in the gorgeous colors of the island.

Even with it becoming "discovered,"
it's still absolutely worth seeing for yourself.

So why spend your time in Venice 
heading out to Burano?

Well for starters,
it's gorgeous.

Each house is painted a different color
that creates an effect that is incredibly charming.

It's also tiny 
so it's a perfect way 
to fill an afternoon 
with walking, picture taking & eating.

{Which are the best parts of traveling, right?}

If it's sunny, you can find warm nooks by the water
and take a little snooze in the sunshine.

Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! asked if I had ever eaten 
at a restaurant that she had seen featured on Anthony Bourdain
located on the (tiny) main canal
with a green & white striped awning.

Umm, nope.
But I was determined not to miss it this time.

We only found one restaurant with a green & white awning.

We walked in to find a really basic restaurant
that was stuffed with Italians.

{This my friends, is a good sign in a tourist destination.}

It was lasagna day
and Tyler made the genius choice
to order the plate of the day.

I only got one tiny corner bite,
but it was incredible...
 Completely worth a Ryan Air flight back 
just for plate of my own.

{My soup was pretty tasty, too... but the lasagna won.}

I still have no idea what the name of the restaurant is
but you should be able to find it
if you're on the main drag...

UPDATE: Apparently, it wasn't the same place from the show...
that place is called "Da Romano."

So now you have two recommendations for dining in Burano.

One from me, one from Anthony Bourdain. 
You can pick his over mine, it won't hurt my feelings.


From there,
enjoy the quiet stroll around the island
and the opportunity to take pictures
and simply enjoy la dolce vita.

Here are few things to know
for your trip to Burano:

Take the Vaparetto #12
from Fondamente Nove...
located on the northern part of Venice,
about a 15 minute walk from the big touristy areas.

This is the quickest boat (about 45 minutes)
and will stop at both Murano & Burano.

If you aren't planning on traveling by boat
anywhere else that day,
you can buy single tickets (€7 each way)
and save some money from purchasing thh 24 hour pass.

The boats run approxiamately every 30 minutes
at 20 minutes & 50 minutes past the hour.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on January 29, 2013 and filed under "Italy", "europe", "travel", "venice".

The {Baby}moon's Over.

We came.
We saw.
We conquered.

Our babymoon in Venice
was a trip that I have no doubt
the two of us will remember for many years to come.

It truly was a babymoon for the record books.

I took extra care to seek out some good spots
while on this trip
that I can't wait to share with you later this week...

But do you know what else I did?

 I  really enjoyed the weekend for what it was....

completely baby free. :)


This trip marks the end of an era for the two of us....

we have gone so many places, 
seen countless amazing things,
eaten our fair share of delicious things...
and taken entirely too many kissing pictures.

But times, they are a changing.

{Quickly, too, from the rate my stomach is expanding.}

I can't wait to see what new traditions & quirks
these two additions bring to our lives & travels...

.... but I'll always be thankful 
to have shared this time 
with such a sweet {&, methinks, attractive} man.

{And I'm so thankful for each of YOU for sharing in our travels & life changes.}

Grazie mille.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on January 24, 2013 and filed under "Italy", "TK", "babies", "travel", "venice".

Venice of the Past

One thing that makes Venice

so incredibly endearing
is the old world charm
that sleepily drifts between 
each of it's lonely canals.

While it's hard to wander through this city,
see flooded homes that are now quietly locked up
and wonder about the people and days
that used to occupy this now quiet city.

I can't speak for the ornate years
of Venetian splendor,
but I do know that two years ago
we sure did have an awesome time there
while celebrating our anniversary.

While we are back in Venice today
 drifting around from canal to canal today,
here's a look back to our 4th anniversary...
when I made my first video for a trip
and still didn't really understand 
how to erase the background noise.

{We've all got to start somewhere, right?}

Have a great weekend!

*video original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on January 19, 2013 and filed under "Italy", "TK", "movies", "venice".