The Food

Let's get into it shall we? One of the reasons, if not the reason you're here: the food! I don't know about you, but I am a lover of all things food. In my free time I can be found binge watching any show that Anthony Bourdain is a part of or experimenting with different flavours and textures. The bottom line is that I love food. I was fortunate to grow up in a society where you're able to find almost any kind of food you're looking for. And from a young age I was picky but I liked strange things that other children found gross. So, as you can imagine, coming to Italy was an important journey for my palette and my taste buds. It's no secret that after my full year abroad, I came home looking healthier and rounder. Something happens when you're "living" in a place but you know that you only have so much time there. You spare no luxury eating and drinking all the wonderful things there are to eat and drink. When I arrived, my host was very sorry because she would continually say that she didn't cook like other Italian homes. She liked to eat less and simply, which was a lovely break after going out on the weekend and stuffing my face with Arrosticini (a regional delicacy). Here's the thing though, Italians are humble people when it comes to food. Take my host for instance, she constantly reminded me she couldn't cook, when in fact her kitchen skills (as basic as they were) were much better than the average North American. Italians are full of self doubt when the fact of the matter is that they are more than capable of something, such as speaking English.
Back to the glorious food! The summer I arrived, my host and her son and I visited her parents in the Italian countryside. They have a small hobby farm with chickens and bees and fruit trees. They're damn good cooks. The food they prepared for us was so simple and fresh. This is what (in my opinion) a lot of people don't know about the Italian food world, the food is very simple but because the ingredients are of the highest quality, you're tasting the full flavour of the ingredients. As well as blog posts, I will post recipes for very simple but delicious Italian meals. As you can imagine, there's no shortage of pasta! 


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