All posts tagged: happy sunday

Sunday on the Farm

Salami in progress. Parts of one pig + red wine + cinnamon + cloves + juniper berries. This morning I woke up early and set out for a brisk walk over to the PiedixTerra farm/educational space with no idea of what the day would hold except for the fact that there would be sausage/salami making and eventually lunch. I have to say, in typical Italian style there was very little information about what was going on when we first got there… but somehow we managed to understand that the meat needed to be cleaned up a little bit. Step 1: pretend to know how to clean up meat. At first I was kind of gingerly cutting stuff up and throwing it into the “fat” box but by the end I was hacking away. There was also no heat inside this building so I lost most of the feeling in my non-gloved hands pretty quickly. Step 2: mincing up the sort-of-cleaned meat. Giulia, Megumi and Estefania were killing it over there. Go team. Step 3: watch in awe as the …

Some Snaps from School

My “required reading.” Sorry, Poli Sci PDFs of my past, this is looking astronomically more appealing. On this lazy, rainy Sunday, I thought I would provide some visuals regarding my life inside the castle/educational institution that is UNISG. On my desk back home in Saratoga, there is an ENORMOUS stack of cookbooks (such as Sprouted Kitchen) that I bought for the photos rather than the recipes as well as nearly every issue of Lucky Peach ever published. During lunch break the other day, I went into the library, which it turns out holds about 90% of my Amazon Kindle and real world book purchases in the last few years. Here’s an aerial shot of part of the periodical section. “What’s for lunch?” I heard you say via the black hole that is the internet. This non-informative yet charming “Menu” board makes you think twice about what you actually got yourself into by signing up to go to a one-of-a-kind school in a tiny part of a semi-tiny town in northwest Italy. So, here’s the cafeteria, which of course …

The Week’s End

What does one do in Bra on the weekends? Well, for starters, on Thursday night, go to a wine tasting with 3 local producers from Roero at the most wonderful/creative/bumpin’ place in town started by 2 graduates of UNISG: L’Alfieri. The synopsis: funky décor, innovative food, a coffee table full of intriguing magazines in languages I do not speak, guys with cool eyewear, solid jams (we’re talking a record player), cocktails. Check out their super cool video over on Vimeo. Speaking of wine, I have a lot to learn on that front. Like, for example, eat dinner and not just 2124 breadsticks before going to an “aperitivo” (7 PM snack and wine time) and then a wine tasting or else (serious) pain will follow the next day. My (extremely basic) knowledge of California wines and my go-to catchphrase, “Mmm, that’s nice” isn’t quite cutting it here. So, I am now a member of a wine bar. Yes, with my 2 euro contribution, I bought myself the right to order a glass of wine at La Carbonaia and have lovely, lengthy conversations with …