Archive for September, 2012

We love you Carmencita

Posted in Food & Cooking, Huevita with tags , on September 4, 2012 by grandersons

One of the places that truly made us feel at home in Madrid was Carmencita.  Our friends, Josh and Amanda, and Greg moved to an apartment near this little corner bar and we quickly became regulars.  Greg became such a fixture of the place that a burger was named after him when he moved away from Madrid!  We loved this place for many reasons…

Maryanne (Isabel).  At Carmencita you’ll be greeted by one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet.  Her mom is Spanish and Dad is American so she knew just how to make us feel at home away from home.  She and her boyfriend opened Carmencita and work tirelessly to make it the amazing place it is.  We were pleased to find out that while she goes by Maryann, her real name is actually Isabel (pronounces e-sa-bel), which is the name we had already chosen for our soon-to-be-born baby girl!

Brunch.  Other than a few extremely overpriced spots, Spain has not discovered the joy of a large, late breakfast that includes eggs and mimosas, so we were thrilled to have a place where we could get huevos rancheros or french toast after a night out!

Toasts.  I still dream of the tosta con aguacate y champinones (toast with avocado and mushrooms).  We’ve managed to replicate this at home, but it still doesn’t quite compare to the delicious simplicity that Carmencita captured.  This tosta was literally one of the only things I could actually enjoy eating during the first few months of my pregnancy!

Here we are all dressed up to go to Carmencita’s birthday party – we miss you Carmencita!  Besos!


And a view of the 22 week baby bump – this was shortly after we learned we were having a baby girl!


Thanksgiving in Rome

Posted in Holidays, Special Occassions, Travel with tags , on September 4, 2012 by grandersons

What’s Thanksgiving without turkey and mashed potatoes?  In our case, one with a view of the Vatican and a full plate of authentic Italian pasta!

We spent 4 days in Rome with our sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Dasch Houdeshel, and it was certainly something to be thankful for.  While we missed being away from family and would have enjoyed a big piece of pumpkin pie, we had an absolutely amazing time exploring this beautiful ancient city.

We rented a great apartment in the Trasevere neighborhood of Rome, an area less overrun by tourists and full of charm with it’s narrow cobble stone streets and charming bars and restaurants.  We quickly found our favorite corner cafe just a couple of blocks from our apartment and frequented it often (Megan and Dasch got to know the barista quite well!).

Each day was a new adventure as we covered most of the main attractions, walked for miles, and enjoyed some incredible meals along with our fair share of gelato.

A few highlights included:

The Colosseum…

Here we are outside.

And a 20ish week baby bump sighting.

This pic made the Anderson Christmas card!

The Pantheon and a cafe nearby… 

The pantheon was stunning, as you can imagine.  It was particularly amazing to see the rain pour down through the open roof!

We made a few stops (maybe more than a few…) here for coffee – cappuccino, grazie!

Our neighborhood, Trastevere…

A little brother-sister stroll…

 Nightime walks…

Time to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain.

Making the best of some cold, rainy weather and finding our way around…

Dasch and I are both fans of maps – where are we?

When in Rome…  Carry an umbrella!

The Vatican, especially on a gorgeous sunny day…

We split up to explore but met up to enjoy the afternoon sunshine!

So, do we have a lot to be thankful for?  YES.  We are so thankful to have a sister and brother-in-law that we can travel so well with.  We are thankful to have spent a few days in an incredibly romantic, beautiful city.  We are thankful for gelato and the delicious simplicity of pasta and pizza.  We are thankful for the opportunity to travel around Europe so easily and soak up as many experiences as possible.  Ciao e grazie!