You’re invited on an Italian Adventure…

Alexandra Oppenheimer, Registered Dietitian

In less than two weeks, I will be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime – and you’re all invited. It is three weeks of studying food, culture and nutrition in Italy, a course offered through New York University’s Nutrition Department. Based in Florence, Italy, we’ll be eating and drinking our way through Italy while learning about Italy’s rich history and culture. Not convinced yet? Some highlights include:

  • Alexandra Oppenheimer, RDStudying Italian wine and then traveling to Chianti (wine country) for a tour and tasting
  • Traveling to Parma to visit Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma producers and the Barilla Pasta Factory (YUM!)
  • Open air markets
  • Olive oil tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Traditional Ancient Roman Dinner
  • Napolitano pastries
  • And much more!

OK, so I can’t actually BRING all of you (and two friends have already called shotgun to hitch a ride in my suitcase) but I can offer the next best thing… a blog! Having such a deep appreciation for this trip and the valuable information I will gain, I have a responsibility to share it with everyone that can’t physically partake. While traveling, I will post highlights, photos and incredible facts, tips and techniques I learn along the way.  Nutrition information you can incorporate into your own life, tasting techniques, cooking suggestions and skills, plus anything else YOU want to know! In addition to blogging, I will be tweeting @AlexOppRD with the hashtag #RDinItaly with pictures, fun facts and quick tips! I want you to be able to see, smell and taste right along with me. So please join me on this incredible, delicious adventure.

Upon my return and through my battle with Italy withdrawal, I will continue to share my experiences and new wisdoms. In addition, RDelicious will transition into a blog dedicated to new delicious and nutritious adventures. It will keep you on top of the current nutrition trends, how it applies to your life and what makes it so delicious. Let’s face it; I’m not going to eat something nutritious if it isn’t delicious… so why would I expect you to?

Please tell me, any must-see Italy suggestions? Also, what do you want to learn from my adventures?

4 Responses to “You’re invited on an Italian Adventure…”
  1. Emily says:

    Al- This sounds AWESOME! Have a fantastic time, take too many pictures, eat too much food, have too many adventures and laugh too much! I can’t wait to see and hear about it! Be safe and I love you! (P.S. Kinda sounds like Eat Pray Love… hehe)

  2. Lillian says:

    This is fabulous…..!! Love how you’re doing this and love you. Keep up the good work. Love the way you write. Have a wonderful time. Isn’t it great to enjoy while you learn and then you can teach all of us……

  3. Hope you’re having a great time, Alex! This sounds like the “Adventures in Mindful Eating & Cooking Tours” that we sponsored for about 10 years at Green Mountain. Took our participants on tours of Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Le Marche and Piemonte. They were fabulous. There’s no better place for learning about food quality and mindful eating.

    • Thanks Marsha! The trip is an incredible experience. That must have been a great program – I think Italy is one of the greatest places to learn how to improve your relationship with food and understand the skill and history behind it all! Many more Italy posts to come! Thanks for following along!

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