Vlog | Let’s Go Vegan (Universo Vegano in Rome, Locations Throughout Italy)

Join my friend Gabrielle Di Bari and I as we check out Universo Vegano, located near Campo de’ Fiori in Rome for the first time. ūüôā

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Playing catch-up… I can be such a hypocrite.

Cold pizza tastes good,
warm.¬† Rome is in its winter –
No frost on windows.

I am sick of pizza.¬† Perhaps it is a blasphemy to say this in Rome… or anywhere in Italy.¬† It is, however, true.¬† As a vegetarian, Rome leaves much to be desired.¬† And as a vegetarian with penchant for Thai food… I am sooo in the wrong place.¬† Perhaps this will become some sort of abbreviated ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ – type thing.¬† After all, I am a young woman searching for herself, or something… No, I don’t think so.¬†¬† Now, back to pizza.

I have a favourite restaurant now in my little neighbourhood, which is effectively Campo dei Fiori, and a grocery store that is two doors down from my apartment building.¬† There is even a yarn store (yes, I am a yarn addict – find me on ravelry.com).¬†¬† What I don’t understand is this: why, my goodness, must there be a million and one pizza restaurants in what amounts to less than one square mile?¬† Okay, so I am exaggerating… just slightly.¬† But seriously!¬† Why not throw in a Thai or Indian or Chinese or Japanese or Caribbean or Ethiopian or some other country restaurant in the mix?¬† I understand that foreigners are not exactly welcomed… but truly, it would break up the monotony, people!¬† Is it just me?

Sunday, Feb. 6. Everyday I take a walk across the Ponte Sisto bridge over to Trastevere, which apparently is a favourite night spot for the young people (apparently, I am no longer young as I have no interest in being there at night).¬† This day found me strolling through what¬†are becoming familiar streets and also¬†quite unfamiliar streets.¬†¬†And just to go along with my above rant, I thought I¬†would mention the other thing that I found quite incredible in Rome as well:¬†a¬†tendency towards duplicity, hypocrisy, if you will.¬† A restaurant, Aristocampo, had posted on the front of their building, “We are against war and tourist menu.”¬† This is all fine and dandy…¬† Now, one of the things that Trastevere is renown¬†is its wonderfully inexpensive prices for food.¬† So, it was quite to my surprise when I noted just how “expensively” “touristy” Aristocampo’s prices are.¬† I suppose they are quite fine to take as much¬†tourist dollars as they can, but not so fine to cater to tourists otherwise.¬†

Rome cannot hide¬†its duplicitous/hypocritical nature behind the fading “romantic” facades of its ancient buildings.¬† At least, not from me… as we are quite the same, Rome and I: grasping to become better versions of ourselves while attempting to assuage the years of damage done to us by ourselves and others.