This photo looks almost like it could have been taken at our house. I have tablecloth just like that. But it’s not. This is my first meal in my new home for the next two weeks-my apartment in Arezzo. After two flights, a taxi ride and then a train, I have arrived. I should be totally exhausted, but I’m not. I barely slept on the plane as we landed in Frankfurt at 1:30 am California time. Fortified by a cappuccino in the airport I made my way to my flight to Firenze and here I am-in my old home town!
I really hadn’t planned on dinner tonight, but knew I wanted to go out walk around town and at least buy a bottle of wine. Not having the energy to go to the little supermercato and buy the basics, I decided on stopping in a little market that I used to pass daily on my way to school. They sell cheeses, salumi a few fruits and vegetables, olive oil and wine. As I approached the shop I saw a sign board outside announcing Porchetta Panini. My fate was sealed. I knew I’d be buying a panino to go along with the local wine I purchased. It was all I could do to wait until I got back to the apartment to dig into the porchetta.
It’s perfect. Sometimes porchetta here in Italy is a bit too salty for me. Not this one and there was just the right amount of crispy cracklin’ pork fat too. At first I thought I’d only eat half, but that was a dream. Sorry about the smudges on my wine glass-I’m eating porchetta. Do I really need to explain?
April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm
You made it!! I am so excited for you – what a great way to start your trip – a little vino and a panino – you’re ARE in heaven!!
April 20, 2011 at 11:59 am
Linda-wish you were here-we’d have a blast.
April 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm
Hi Janie, I am so pleased you have arrived and are having a good time.
I went into Lucca today and the apartment you are renting is covered in scaffolding. I hope it has gone by the time you get there.
April 20, 2011 at 11:22 am
Debora-not news that I wanted to hear. I can only hope they finish up in the next 2 weeks.I guess it’s beyond my control and I shouldn’t worry about it. Think about when we can meet.
April 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm
Can’t wait to hear the rest of the adventures! Glad you made it safe and sound and that your are getting used to the Italian way of life rather quickly! I’m always amazed at how “un-tired” I am when I first arrive in Italy! I think it’s just the excitement of being in such a wonderful place. Have fun 🙂
April 20, 2011 at 11:50 am
Barbara-I agree with you-I was too excited about being here to think about sleeping!
April 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm
I can taste the porchetta as I read this. Have a wonderful time.
April 20, 2011 at 11:56 am
Diane-I’m thinking about having another one today! I’m being bad.
April 20, 2011 at 11:45 am
That’s what I call a good start!
April 20, 2011 at 11:59 am
Casalba-I have a long list of things I want to eat-today I started with pasticcini. I’d be dangerous if I lived here!
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