… in Italy! Apologies for the lack of posts on here recently, but I’ve been in the UK for the summer. I’m now back in Italy and ready to report on the lovely food, drink and other things that Italy has to offer. Check back again soon for a report of my visit to my first food festival since my return!
It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat the world.” He was also very funny while telling you about it.
In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!
One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car.
However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, which is breathtakingly beautiful. It also has the added advantage of being in middle of a large wine producing region.
When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce.
However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to get a little more creative.
Luckily we have two balconies, one on the kitchen and one on our bedroom measuring 5 metres by 1 metre each, so we have a little room to have our own little green space.
It’s surprising how I have developed new habits since living in Italy.
These Italian habits are easy to acquire, and very difficult to lose. They are also likely to annoy or surprise your friends and family if you take them back home!
However I’ve been assured that this is normal! The subtle changes in my behaviour since living in Italy are merely part of a healthy process psychologists call “acculturation”.
That said, some of them might raise a few eyebrows if I keep them up when I’m outside Italy!
Here are seven of the new habits that I’ve noticed so far ….
Massimo Bottura, the chef and co-proprietor of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, needs no introduction. His restaurant has won every award given by the culinary world. If you want a reservation at his restaurant you have to book months ahead, and they can be as difficult to get as an audience with the Pope. However, he is now using his fame and influence to tackle, and hopefully solve, two of the world’s biggest problems namely hunger and food waste.
This book, Bread Is Gold, is the story of the start of that journey, which has led to the opening of several projects across the world and the foundation of the “Food For Soul” charity. Despite what you might think from the title, this is not a book about baking, it contains over 150 delicious recipes made from food that would otherwise be discarded.