No Reservations

Today was an interesting one—I couldn’t wait to get back to my room so I could get my cell phone and share it with all of you (I wish I had brought it with me, but I am on vacation!).

The day started like a typical vacation day in a beach town: We went to the beach, hung out and got some sun (boring, right? We can do this in Vegas). However, the journey began when we walked along the coast, and found the best cliff-jumping rock.

I was on the receiving end of the first dare—and you know that I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so I was all over it.

After that, Jay was right behind me. Drama took a while to work up the courage—and I do mean a while!—but he eventually man-upped. After about 20 jumps each, we continued walking down the coast, and it felt like something that you can only read about or see on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel show, No Reservations: There was a little shack or kitchen right on the beach, where this little old man was cooking the freshest calamari and octopus on earth—it was still alive when he would throw it on this makeshift grill! He served it to us with the best salsa verde (homemade, of course). After about three portions and a six-pack each, the owner, Mario, said, “OK, I close now. Going to go home and rest.” Only in Italy!! God bless him, he makes the best calamari ever and has the best job ever, too—and makes his own hours!

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It’s already time to leave Florence, after a brief, in-and-out, overnight stay. We arrived mid-afternoon, and our first stop was at the central market for a round of those trippa sandwiches I’ve been talking about. I had been waiting two years to come back and enjoy another one, and I have to say, WOW, they’re just like I remember. The same guy was there who served me last time. The only difference was this time I only had two. (That should hold me over for a few years!) I am really thinking about putting a similar sandwich on my menu at Nove once I get home.