Thursday, June 28, 2007
Caffé Cibrèo & a Rare Meme
I tend not to participate in memes, and I hope this hasn’t ever offended anyone. They don’t usually work with the format of my site. But when the lovely Foodette at Restaurant Review World tagged me for the Lucky Seven meme, she caught me at a fairly introspective moment, and I was intrigued.
The rules are to state 7 random facts or habits about oneself, and to then tag 7 other bloggers to do the same. I won’t tag anyone specific here, as I'd hate you to feel obligated (except maybe you, Naptime Writer - we all know how you love a good list). I will say, though, that I’d be interested in hearing 7 random facts about any of you, because I think food bloggers are about as interesting a bunch as you're likely to meet. So in a way, I tag you all. Let me know if you’re inspired to write your own list, so I can include a link to it below. (And watch the anarchy start to rain down on meme-land. The fair Foodette’s wishing she’d never heard of figs, olives, or wine…)
Now back to that introspective moment. When I’m in Florence, I love to have my breakfast at Caffé Cibrèo. It’s a spot a friend who spends a lot of time in that city introduced me to, and it’s a heavenly place to start the day. Friendly waiters, plenty of locals, fabulous Florentine chef Fabio Picchi at the helm, and, best of all, a location right on the outskirts of Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti – home to the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio.
Sitting at breakfast and watching Florentines stop in for a caffé on their way to work while nonnas (grandmothers) and their bambini sit at the outdoor tables and share a cornetto con marmellata (jam-filled croissant) before heading over to the market makes for a lovely morning. I usually get cappuccino and a panino con crudo (a slightly sweet roll, in this case, filled with a single slice of prosciutto).
I should add that my list in no way holds true for someone who has specific health problems or dietary restrictions – I’ve been there, and I respect the discipline it takes to manage such challenges! And so, without further ado, here’s a list of my thoughts and culinary musings as they were that morning in Firenze:
1) I’m vaguely embarrassed by how much I miss my husband when I travel for work.
2) It’s a shame that families are so spread out these days. A loving nonna is irreplacable, and my Granny was the greatest.
3) I honestly believe that if we took a 2 or 3 hour pausa in the middle of every day to eat a proper meal, chat with friends, and take a wee nap, we’d be a healthier, more likable, and, yes, more productive people.
4) I think the strange, outdated American obsession with having all of the food groups represented at each meal is partly why we eat too much. And frankly, aren't we all capable of remembering what we ate at lunch and balancing it later on at dinner?
5) On this particular morning, I heard an American student order a “decaf coffee with skim milk on the side.” After she’d left, the waiter informed me that at Cibreo they call this a “why bother?” Agreed.
6) Despite eating and drinking heroic amounts whenever I’m on a research trip to the Mediterranean, I always lose weight. Peculiar indeed considering that, as you well know, I eat mostly local, seasonal foods at home.
7) Bread, prosciutto, and whole milk don’t make you fat. Processed bread, prosciutto, and milk made from flour drenched in pesticides and pigs and cows souped up with hormones do though.
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Now let me know if you should feel inspired to write a list of your own, and I'll include a link to it here. And thank you Foodette for thinking of me.
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