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Sunday Funday

Activating my Vitamin D stores with my dear friend Urmila. Not pictured: Brazilian music and the chefs debating the optimal hammock hanging height. Today has been quite the day. First of all, the thermometer hit 10 degrees! (Celsius, obviously.) That meant the North Face jacket could stay in the closet as I walked down to the Gastronomic Society, a Middlebury-esque social house of sorts where currently only 2 individuals live, but are both very interested in hosting food-related events. Last week I went to a taco/cerveza night and today I went for brunch. We arrived quite early (still not sure where the Italian threshold for lateness is) and decided to move our table outside while we enjoyed our fruit salad and cappuccinos because, perche no? After a little bit/a lot a bit of sunshine and some conversation about our plans for the rest of the day, I set out for an adventure on foot. A little selfie never hurt anybody. I walked for about 3 hours along muddy roads and driveways, under bridges and along vineyards to a town …

The Alba White Truffle Fair

Yesterday I took the train with a few of my new classmates to nearby Alba to catch the last day of the 84th International Alba White Truffle Fair. The going rate for a truffle, so I heard in what Italian I could understand over the loudspeaker given my knowledge of Spanish, was 200 euro per 100 grams. This is precious stuff, people. The owners (do you call them that?) were brushing them with toothbrushes. I’m not kidding. Interestingly enough, I actually did not purchase any truffles (they don’t last that long and given that my cooking abilities are at about ground zero, I wouldn’t know how to honor them properly). Instead, I stocked up on some truffle oil (a sensible pasta topper), chocolate covered hazelnuts (a local substitute for my after-dinner dark chocolate hunk addiction), and a slice of some really deliciously stinky Castelmagno cheese typical to the Piemonte region. Overall, quite the Sunday Funday. See photo evidence below.