Yes the food here is incredible - how could it not be? Fresh vegetables, good quality meat and fish, wonderful breads and pastries; simple recipes which leave the taste of things unadulterated. Yes the food here is incredible ... but ... but .... oh god how do I say this without sounding like an Ex-Pat?
Wait a minute I am an Ex-Pat! So here goes. There are times when you just want the familiar and the comfortable - we had hamburgers the other night and I so wanted Heinz 57 on them. Since I've been feeling a bit under the weather and the weather has been crappy to boot I just wanted a bowl of Campbell's Cream of Tomato soup to make things better.
And low and behold as we strolled along Via Nazionale today we happened upon the new Castroni store, I believe this is their 3rd with one on Via Flaminia and another at the Vatican. Candies, confections, pastries, wine, coffee, an espresso bar and cafe and downstairs an "international" market. Funny what constitutes "international" isn't it?
Our little bag of exotic goodies wasn't cheap but at least the next time I'm feeling homesick I got the cure: 1 can Campbell's tomato soup, 1/2 can water 1/2 can milk and a large pat of butter. Damn I forgot the saltines! I'll guess I just have to go back.
04 gennaio - Sant'Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton