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Crazy Globetrotters in Naples Napoli Italy

Crazy Globetrotters

In Travel by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch22 Comments

Crazy Globetrotters 2foodtrippers in Naples Napoli Italy

Crazy Globetrotters a/k/a the 2foodtrippers in front of Mount Vesuvius

We’re not embarrassed to call ourselves crazy globetrotters. In fact, we have a saying, a sort of cliché, that goes back to the early days of 2foodtrippers: “We thought we were crazy…”

This phrase was usually followed by some wacky travel folly like getting lost in France, being led to an unknown food destination in Kyoto or getting lost in France again. Sometimes the phrase was edited out, and sometimes it wasn’t.

Well, as time has flown by and our output of articles has passed the century mark, we have done our best to hone our creativity and eliminate those mannered clichés in our writing.

Fast forward to the present. We just finished a journey where we traveled from our east coast U.S. base in Philadelphia to Seattle and then hopped three flights (and two layovers) to our final destination in Italy.

We can honestly say that we’re (mostly) not crazy AND we love to travel.

Now it’s time for a quiz…

We’re going to present the following pictures, each featuring two similar but different photos. You have to guess which one is from Italy and which is from Seattle. No prizes will be awarded, but the highest scores will receive an enthusiastic pat on the back from the ever-hungry staff at 2foodtrippers.

Ok. Here goes:

1 – Tomatoes

Tomatoes in Seattle and Napoli Italy

2 – Guitar Musicians

Guitar Musicians in Seattle and Napoli Italy

3 – Steak

Steak in Seattle and Matera Italy

4 – Empty Coffee Cups

Coffee in Seattle and Napoli Italy

5 – Statues

Statues in Seattle and Napoli Italy

6 – Fruit

Fruit in Seattle and Napoli Italy

7 – Seafood

Seafood in Seattle and Napoli Italy

8 – Pastries

Pastries in Seattle and Napoli Italy
9 – Pasta

Pasta in Seattle and Martina Franca Puglia Italy

10 – Ice Cream

Ice Cream Gelato in Seattle and Matera Italy

Bonus Question – Olives


Okay, now it’s time for the moment of truth, otherwise known as the answer key:

1 – A Seattle, B Italy – The Italian tomatoes are commonly referred as ‘sauce tomatoes’. These are fresh San Marzano tomatoes that grow in the many hothouses found on the Vesuvio slopes

2 – A Italy, B Seattle – Grass roots music!! Who’s more stylish? Our vote goes to the vested Napoli Troubadours.

3 – A Italy, B Seattle – We enjoyed the excellent Korean grilled steak at Joule in Seattle and the equally excellent meat at Trattoria Caveoso in Matera.

4 – A Italy, B Seattle – The coffee cups are the giveaway. In this case, size does matter.

5 – A Italy, B Seattle – It’s interesting that the Italian sculpture is of Nike – an Oregon icon from Greek mythology. B is the Seattle Fremont Troll which lives at the underside of the Aurora Bridge

6 – A Italy, B Seattle – In Italy, it seems that fruit and nuts go hand in hand.

7 – A Seattle, B Italy – Seattle is near the ocean, and Napoli is near the sea. It’s no surprise that good seafood can be found in both cities.

8 – A Seattle, B Italy – Here we have a killer stone fruit tart from Seattle’s Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market paired with a sfogliata – the ubiquitous, layered ricotta filled pastry from Napoli. We’re getting hungry looking at these two pastries!

9 – A Italy, B Seattle – The larger handmade orechiette, also known as strascinate, are from Osteria del Coco Pazzo in the Puglian city of Martina Franca. The starchy spheres on the right are actually Korean rice cakes from Joule.

10 – A Italy, B Seattle – Whether you call it ice cream or gelato, these two spoonfuls were top-notch. Nutella gelato from Casa Infante or salted caramel ice cream at Bluebird Ice Cream? There’s no bad choice here.

Bonus Question – A Italy, B Italy – What can we say? The olives in Puglia are the best in the world.


If you scored 1 – 5, you need a serious vacation or at least a nice meal.

If you scored 6 – 8, you have gourmand potential. Keep eating and traveling!

If you scored 9 -11, Congratulations, you’re a true Foodtripper!

How did you do? Feel free to write your score in the comment section below. Winner gets the promised pat on the back as well as our respect. Cheers!

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About the Author

Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  1. Fun post, kudos! Did quite well on the quiz, but I’m a southern European so that may count as cheating 🙂 And now I’m really craving a sfogliata…. Good luck!

  2. Haha I did pretty good but I’m from Seattle area so it’s easy for me to recognize which ones a Seattle pic or not. Mmm making me miss WA but glad to be going back there soon, even if it’s for the dreadful winter haha.

  3. Love this post! Home for Thanksgiving so let’s see each other! Missed you at Tbex!

  4. I got stumped on 10 ‘The Ice Cream’. Otherwise perfect score…what fun…enjoy your lovely trip and look forward to seeing more gorgeous photos from your travels.

  5. I didn´t do that good (8) but I´ve never been to Seattle and been only 5,6 times to Italy…

  6. Such a fun and creative post!! I’d say you can’t go wrong with the food scene in either Italy or Seattle, but is it horrible of me to say that I thought the most appealing photos were mostly from Seattle? Italy, I still love you, but you need to make your coffees bigger.

  7. Very interesting post. I was in the range of 6-8 (not that good).
    But I really enjoyed the quiz. Have a wonderful trip.

  8. Haha in the beginning of the quiz I was clicking away at the screen 😀 This was fun!

  9. I scored 8 – so close to being a true foodtripper! I think the Nutella gelato and the salted caramel ice cream need to be put into one bowl together, to make a nice big bowl of heaven.

  10. Fun quiz! I got the Seafood question wrong and half the bonus question – so I guess that makes me a true Foodtripper!!

  11. Fun post! Brings back memories of our summer spent in Italy when we enjoyed so many lovely foods. 🙂

  12. What a fun idea for the quiz! Ya know, when I first heard of your plans to go from Seattle to Italy, I thought you were crazy, too – but in a good way. And is not Napoli one of the most interesting places in the world?

  13. This is such a fun idea! I feel inspired to make some interactive posts like this one. Thanks for all the trivia and drool-worthy pix =)

  14. Fun quiz! Both the food shots from Seattle & Italy look delicious! The food from Italy just looks a bit more ‘authentic’ if that makes any sense. I think I did pretty well! Now I just have to go to both those places to see it in person!

  15. Haha! What a fun post!
    Though I am not going to share my embarrassing score! 😛

  16. All I have to say is that I really had to keep myself from licking the screen, all the food looked so good!

  17. Well glad to hear that I have potential… I was worried there for a bit. Very fun post!

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