Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Why I Love Italy, Reasons #526 & #527






Rik

13 comments:

Dutched Pinay on Expatriation said...

My inlaws are crazy with Italy. They spend 3-4 months there during spring and summer tasting the local cuisine, enjoying the laid back lifestyle, traveling to charismatic little villages along the coastline, visiting old basilicas and just hopping from one ruin to another. When they are back home, I would be saddled of tales on every picture they took.

Ed Abbey said...

I need a little help here. I have no idea what the first one is and am theorizing the second one is a picture of cheese?

Rik said...

DP - I hope to be able to meet your inlaws on one of their future trips and show them a couple of my favorite places

ED - the first one is a heaping plate of seafood peaella. The second one is indeed cheese. On the left is Parmegiano Reggiana and on the right is the Asiago. The wine is a Pinot Bianco which is the perfect compliment to both.

Rik

eThib said...

Isn't Paella Spanish?

Rik said...

E - It is indeed, but certain Italian ristorantes specialize in it as well.

Now if I could only get some Cajun food here...

R

Gia said...

I thought that first dish looked familiar.

Italian Supli di risso (sp?) is my favorite. I guess you could call it rice croquettes no? Pass on a recipe of how to make this if you have one.

Ed Abbey said...

Sorry but I can't resist. Who cut the cheese?

I'll bet you that the paella tasted ten times better than it looked in your picture and it looked pretty darn good.

Mel said...

That paella looks scrumptious!!
So what did u have for dessert??

schatzli said...

Italy has both the warm blue Med and the Alpine region in the north.

2) I love the small shops the green grocer, the meat shops etc

3) I love the way people communicate.

4)food of course

5) good wines

am missing italy 7 years of going up and down the Med from San Remo to Sardignia.

Nam LaMore said...

gosh, i haven't had paella in a super long time .. i think the last time was on a vacation to barcelona. but, i made a mistake due to time constraint: i walked into a 'paella hut' (it's not really called that, but the decor, menu layout, etc reminded me of the pizza-chain 'pizza hut'). i ordered the special #4 (i remember that number only because i was on the trip during april, re: my birthday) and had a few forkful before deciding i didn't want to get an upset stomach before boarding my flight.

so, i've yet to delight on 'proper' paella.

Rik said...

GIA - The wife has a good recipe for spaghetti & seafood, I'll send it when she gets back

MEL - I don't do desserts. But they are fantastic.

SCHA - The left coast of Italy is a gastronomical paradise. I looooove pesto. And don't get me started on the wines...

NAM - You poor guy, we could have warned you not to visit a place like that! Next time, splurge and get the real thing, it's worth it.

Rik

Blog ho said...

fuck you, now i'm starving

Rik said...

HO - You SHOULD be hungry, with all that tree sex you've been having.


Rik