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St. Peter’s Cooking Class

On September 3, 2012, the Carnival Breeze was in Civitavecchia, Italy.  Today was Ivan’s birthday.  Lil Dave gave Ivan his birthday gift (which actually wasn’t bananas!) and said happy birthday and he was off to meet the monkey lads.

We had the breakfast buffet on the ship.  The weather looked nice outside.

We took the train in Civitavecchia to Rome.  Unfortunately, Ivan ran to find a seat.. but it was so crowded there was no way we could both move.  I was on a stair for a long time reading my Stephen King book (Thank goodness I didn’t forget my book).  I thought we’d be on the train and I’d be able to work on the blog on my laptop.  It must have been rush hour (with people going to work) plus people from the cruise ships (one had just debarked). 

We got a taxi to Cooking Classes in Rome place… we were running late.  The class had 11 people in it – a mix of Americans, English and Australians. 

Our teacher was an Italian man named Andrea who looked like Roger Federer.  The kitchen was small but somehow we all fit inside.  The menu for today was deep fried pizzas with 3 different ingredients, fettucine boscaiola, chicken cacciatora, roasted tomatoes and traditional tiramisu.

Andrea would show us how to do something (like chop tomatoes) and then ask for a volunteer or two to do it.  I was chopping tomatoes with an American guy. Ivan was peeling a bunch of potatoes with a guy.

It was raining hard outside – I’m glad we were inside.

Later, we got to make pizza dough and knead it. 


The class also made pasta dough and got to cut it as well.  We’re definitely going to make our own pasta back home. 

I got to fry pizza dough for the fried pizzas.


The fried pizzas were really tasty with lovely fresh ingredients on top.


The pasta and chicken cacciatore were tasty.

The tiramisu was decorated with our names.



How cute!!

During dessert, Ivan really liked his and I said you should eat more since it’s your birthday.  Andrea heard this and came out with birthday tiramisu cakes and we all sang happy birthday to him.

It was a fun class.  I love cooking classes since you get to make new things and then eat it afterwards.  We went with the wine pairing for 20 euros per person.

The food was very tasty.  I definitely recommend this fun cooking class.  If you’re planning on booking it, do it early since this cooking class gets booked up fast.  The cooking class does e-mail you the recipes from the class.

We walked around Rome… a lovely city that we’ve been to a few times, but still haven’t seen all the sights. 

No matter how many times we got to St. Peter’s Basilica.. it’s still beautiful.


I posted some postcards at the Vatican.  It started showering.

We got the train back to Civitavecchia.  We were back on the cruise ship at 6:30 pm.

It was time for dinner at the Blush Restaurant.  I asked Ken the singing maitr’d to sing a song for Ivan and wish him a happy birthday.  He said he’d sing a song the next day since a lot of people eat dinner in Rome since everybody gets to board the boat late at 8:30 pm.  Ivan was busy talking dinner and I talked to one of the waiters.  I told him it’s Ivan’s birthday and could he get a candle in his dessert.  The waiter said we already know it’s his birthday.  I said How? He said we just know.  I said Oh it must have been Ken.  He said we just know.

Ken announced Happy Birthday to Ivan at table 733. 

A cake came out with a candle on top and we sang Happy Birthday to Ivan and then he blew out the candle. 


The cake was good that Ivan was given.  We ordered an apple pie which tasted great.

After dinner, we went to the Red Frog Pub with the English couple and the Latin/French couple. 


It was a fun night of listening to the singing of Timmy Pearce (he sings modern songs with a backing track), drinking and chatting. 


We got the fish bowl which has lots of alcohol in it.  Ivan did a few magic tricks as well.  Mark (the muscular English guy) was really drunk and kept high-5ing people.  It was really funny.  It made me think of the status update I wrote about Why do you get the incredible urge to wave at people at the port or a passing boat when you’re on a cruise ship?  My friend said it’s like a high-5, you can’t resist it.  The Latin/French couple said good-night.

We went to the Liquid Nightclub with the English couple Mark and Clare.  Nobody was really there though (Ivan thinks it was only entertainment staff there besides us).  Ivan and I said good night and went to bed.



Jersey Birthday

On July 3, 2012, Ivan, Lil Dave and I went into Central London at 12:30 pm.  Ivan picked up theatre tickets at the box office while I had an interview on the phone for a magazine. Our wedding is going to be featured in a UK women’s magazine called Chat. Oh yes…we are going to be famous!!

We met up with Ivan’s mum at Princi for lunch.  Ivan and I had pasta salad, aubergine and roasted pumpkin.  We also shared a brownie for dessert.  Lil Dave got a banana pasta salad.

We all went to see the musical Jersey Boys.  It’s the story about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons.  The story was great featuring many of their hits like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Dawn, Rag Doll and our favorite Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.  The cast had amazing voices.  I don’t know how Ryan Malloy hits those high notes so well.

Ivan and I said bye to Denise.  She was off on a ghost tour while we went to dinner.  We only had to walk two doors down to Tapasia from the theatre.

This Japanese restaurant is offering the 50% deal still before 6 pm and now they’re doing 2 for 1 cocktails from 5-7 pm.  Ivan got a tasty mango chili cocktail while I got the Pink Pokemon which has lychee and raspberries. 


We enjoyed the tofu salad, seafood okonomiyaki and sardines. It was all really yummy and very cheap with the discount!

We got the train to Sloane Square.  I thought of the Morrissey song “Hair Dresser on Fire” with the lyrics Hair Dress on Fire, All Around Sloane Square. 

We had tickets to see a play called ‘Birthday’ at the Royal Court Theatre. Ivan and I got an espresso as we were feeling like we needed a ‘pick me up’ and headed inside the theatre.  Birthday is about a man who is having a baby. 


The play has some funny moments when the man starts moaning like a woman and the midwife has to give him a suppository.  But, there’s a lot of waiting since the NHS (National Health Service) wants the birth to happen when the time is right and gives emergencies top priority.  The play was alright. Not the best…not the worse we have seen either.

Birthday Photo Credit

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