July went by in an instant and I had no instagram posts to show it. Last day to catch up and say how lucky I was to teach Food and Culture to another brilliant group of @usac_verona students. When we were not out sampling local food and talking producers we were having lectures in a classroom overlooking Castelvecchio...A beautiful summer in Belpaese.
The morning catch and its hopeful onlookers. Burgazada.
After the rain comes the sun...and the usual search and research and research for the best gelato in Verona. This is a cone of pistacchio from Savoia. Definitely belongs to the top three.🍦
A regular Thursday...market finds, fruit on stove and a baby trying to crawl into the washing machine which is oddly enough in the kitchen.
Did you know that dim sum piggy buns was a thing? I ordered this @socialplacehk expecting a savory bun with pork meat in it and I got this adorable sweet bun with a purple sweet potato filling...in reality we ended up eating many buns on the sweet side including their DIY gold painted black buns and they were all delicious.
Many faces of Hong Kong where we spent an exciting week visiting our good friends. Every day each neighborhood showed a different side of the city: a tropical island with a fishing and farming past, a former British colony, a highly populated Chinese territory, a financial center, a commercial hub, and an ultra rich urban jungle of skyscrapers and teslas...
Vicenza. The city of Palladio. I was here for my Italian B1 exam today. During the break between the written and oral exams I had to get a plate of baccalà alla vicentina (a local dish based on stock fish) @ilceppo_gastronomia_bistrot to fill my belly, to relax and to remember why I am thrilled to be living in Italy. I also had a glass of sparkling wine made 100% from durello grapes in traditional method (let’s say like champagne). It came from winemaker Casa Cecchin from Montebello, with vineyards practically on the hills where Palladio would get his stones. It made the rest of the exam seem so pleasant.
#Vinitaly 2019! Attending this morning tastings of wines from #Sardinia and #Sicilia. From the wines one understand the land and from the land one understand the wines. Hats off to the #sommelier that make the show run so smoothly.
One more breakfast and one more practice test before the big exam today! #wsetlevel3 has been an amazing learning curve. Full of revelations on the culture and quality of wine growing and winemaking. It’s also a lesson on how mountains, rivers and winds don’t have any borders, how types of grapes don’t have only one home country and how men, women and grape can adapt to any conditions. Lucky to have done this course with an amazing teacher @enjoydiscoveringwine in Verona @wineme in the vineyard location of @signorvino