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  1. #1
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    Another minor update on my allegedly food-driven
    travels.

    (I tried to email an earlier version of this report
    to Christine but due to failed web-email interfaces
    I think it never got there.)

    As per plan, we flew to Milan and my dining partner
    drove us to Parma where we ate at the bio-energetic
    restaurant "Aprito Sesamo". It was quite a wonderful
    meal, a fixed seven course menu.

    The hoped for one-hour drive from Linate to Parma
    didn't quite work out, as we were half way to
    Parma before we actually found the autostrada...
    I was navigating by compass (which ultimately
    works, but incrementally).

    Originally, we were going to spend the next three
    days without planned itinerary in Tuscany. But
    my ever-thoughful partner had a brainstrom and
    suggested we immediately proceed to outside of
    Assisi and stay at a biofarm there. This worked
    out splendidly; we cut around Tuscany (sniff, sniff)
    by heading nearly to Rimini before taking the beautiful E45
    over the mountains towards Perugia. So although
    a white truffle experience was not to be, this time,
    we had an excellent black truffle experience in town;
    but in house at the farm was farm-local olive oil, eggs, fresh
    pasta, boar salami, sagratino wine, and oregano, upland
    cress, and thyme from the garden, and some good cheese and
    a Sagratino wine (I think I already said that), all of which
    we happily prepared for ourselves in our little self-catering
    farm unit.

    There was a discussion of are fresh farm eggs
    better ... the answer is yes, for poached eggs.

    The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    is. We have just arrived so more later...

    cheers

  2. #2
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    On Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:45:29 +0000 (UTC), [email protected]
    (Steve Pope) wrote:

    >Another minor update on my allegedly food-driven
    >travels.
    >
    >(I tried to email an earlier version of this report
    >to Christine but due to failed web-email interfaces
    >I think it never got there.)


    Nope, never got it.

    >
    >Originally, we were going to spend the next three
    >days without planned itinerary in Tuscany. But
    >my ever-thoughful partner had a brainstrom and
    >suggested we immediately proceed to outside of
    >Assisi and stay at a biofarm there. This worked
    >out splendidly; we cut around Tuscany (sniff, sniff)
    >by heading nearly to Rimini before taking the beautiful E45
    >over the mountains towards Perugia. So although
    >a white truffle experience was not to be, this time,
    >we had an excellent black truffle experience in town;
    >but in house at the farm was farm-local olive oil, eggs, fresh
    >pasta, boar salami, sagratino wine, and oregano, upland
    >cress, and thyme from the garden, and some good cheese and
    >a Sagratino wine (I think I already said that), all of which
    >we happily prepared for ourselves in our little self-catering
    >farm unit.
    >
    >There was a discussion of are fresh farm eggs
    >better ... the answer is yes, for poached eggs.
    >
    >The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    >is. We have just arrived so more later...
    >
    >cheers

    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  3. #3
    Christine Dabney Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    On Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:45:29 +0000 (UTC), [email protected]
    (Steve Pope) wrote:
    >
    >(I tried to email an earlier version of this report
    >to Christine but due to failed web-email interfaces
    >I think it never got there.)


    Never got it.
    >
    >The hoped for one-hour drive from Linate to Parma
    >didn't quite work out, as we were half way to
    >Parma before we actually found the autostrada...
    >I was navigating by compass (which ultimately
    >works, but incrementally).


    Ya know...maps work quite well.
    >
    >Originally, we were going to spend the next three
    >days without planned itinerary in Tuscany. But
    >my ever-thoughful partner had a brainstrom and
    >suggested we immediately proceed to outside of
    >Assisi and stay at a biofarm there. This worked
    >out splendidly; we cut around Tuscany (sniff, sniff)
    >by heading nearly to Rimini before taking the beautiful E45
    >over the mountains towards Perugia. So although
    >a white truffle experience was not to be, this time,
    >we had an excellent black truffle experience in town;
    >but in house at the farm was farm-local olive oil, eggs, fresh
    >pasta, boar salami, sagratino wine, and oregano, upland
    >cress, and thyme from the garden, and some good cheese and
    >a Sagratino wine (I think I already said that), all of which
    >we happily prepared for ourselves in our little self-catering
    >farm unit.


    I am jealous. Bigtime.

    >The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    >is. We have just arrived so more later...


    As I said, I am very jealous. Enjoy. Take pictures of the food, etc.
    Jot down what you ate at these multi-course meals.. I don't know if
    anyone else is interested, but I sure am!!

    I am bringing a lot of my Italian cookbooks to the bay area, so
    Italian food will be cooked and eaten a lot. Even if I can't get to
    Italy now, I can at least eat like an Italian. And Kermit Lynch has
    some great values on Italian wines now. Will be getting a case or
    two..or more.

    Christine, sighing with envy.

    --
    http://nightstirrings.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    sf Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    On Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:45:29 +0000 (UTC), [email protected]
    (Steve Pope) wrote:

    >Another minor update on my allegedly food-driven
    >travels.
    >
    >(I tried to email an earlier version of this report
    >to Christine but due to failed web-email interfaces
    >I think it never got there.)
    >
    >As per plan, we flew to Milan and my dining partner
    >drove us to Parma where we ate at the bio-energetic
    >restaurant "Aprito Sesamo". It was quite a wonderful
    >meal, a fixed seven course menu.
    >
    >The hoped for one-hour drive from Linate to Parma
    >didn't quite work out, as we were half way to
    >Parma before we actually found the autostrada...
    >I was navigating by compass (which ultimately
    >works, but incrementally).
    >
    >Originally, we were going to spend the next three
    >days without planned itinerary in Tuscany. But
    >my ever-thoughful partner had a brainstrom and
    >suggested we immediately proceed to outside of
    >Assisi and stay at a biofarm there. This worked
    >out splendidly; we cut around Tuscany (sniff, sniff)
    >by heading nearly to Rimini before taking the beautiful E45
    >over the mountains towards Perugia. So although
    >a white truffle experience was not to be, this time,
    >we had an excellent black truffle experience in town;
    >but in house at the farm was farm-local olive oil, eggs, fresh
    >pasta, boar salami, sagratino wine, and oregano, upland
    >cress, and thyme from the garden, and some good cheese and
    >a Sagratino wine (I think I already said that), all of which
    >we happily prepared for ourselves in our little self-catering
    >farm unit.
    >
    >There was a discussion of are fresh farm eggs
    >better ... the answer is yes, for poached eggs.
    >
    >The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    >is. We have just arrived so more later...
    >

    This is sounding wonderful. It's the type of Italian vacation my son
    in law would love. He wanted to spend 6 months on some type of farm
    in Italy a couple of years ago. Take pictures and post ASAP!

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism


    [email protected]
    > (Steve Pope) wrote:
    >
    >>Another minor update on my allegedly food-driven
    >>travels.


    >>The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >>drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >>has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >>then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    >>is. We have just arrived so more later...


    That's where I went a couple of weeks ago, where I boight the wonderful
    potatoes! They are famous there for trout as well, since the waters of the
    Nera are so clean and cold. Past the Valnerina id the Pianogrande of Umbria
    with lentils of Casteluccio and Norcia which is famous for its pork since
    Roman days. This is a true foodie trip!



  6. #6
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    Christine Dabney <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:45:29 +0000 (UTC), [email protected]


    >>(I tried to email an earlier version of this report
    >>to Christine but due to failed web-email interfaces
    >>I think it never got there.)


    >Never got it.


    Yes, I suspected so. But now I have a better internet
    connection, at least for a couple days.

    >>The hoped for one-hour drive from Linate to Parma
    >>didn't quite work out, as we were half way to
    >>Parma before we actually found the autostrada...
    >>I was navigating by compass (which ultimately
    >>works, but incrementally).


    >Ya know...maps work quite well.


    Right. My excuse is, while we bought a brand new map
    of central Italy while we were in London, it does not
    go as far north as Parma or Milan, and I figured I
    could get by with a 20-year-old Michelin map of that
    area. Clearly, roads and autostradas (autostrade?)
    have moved around considerably in the intervening length
    of time.

    Now that we're on the newer map I'm much less disoriented. :-)

    >Take pictures of the food, etc.
    >Jot down what you ate at these multi-course meals.. I don't know if
    >anyone else is interested, but I sure am!!


    Thanks. I hope to upload some photos very soon.

    >I am bringing a lot of my Italian cookbooks to the bay area, so
    >Italian food will be cooked and eaten a lot. Even if I can't get to
    >Italy now, I can at least eat like an Italian. And Kermit Lynch has
    >some great values on Italian wines now. Will be getting a case or
    >two..or more.


    This sounds like a plan!


    Steve

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    Giusi <[email protected]> wrote:

    >[email protected]


    >>The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >>drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >>has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >>then dropping down to sora where our next biostay

    >is. We have just arrived so more later...


    >That's where I went a couple of weeks ago, where I boight the wonderful
    >potatoes! They are famous there for trout as well, since the waters of the
    >Nera are so clean and cold. Past the Valnerina id the Pianogrande of Umbria
    >with lentils of Casteluccio and Norcia which is famous for its pork since
    >Roman days. This is a true foodie trip!


    Yes I recall your saying that you went up there; I believe you
    were much further up in the mountains, in Norcia. We only
    went through the 4 km tunnel that takes you to the middle
    of the valley of Valnerina, and continued south. So we
    saw about half of it, but it was beautiful. We had enough
    time for a one hour walk up the disused railway path up
    a side canyon.

    Today was equally good; we went from Sora, to the Abruzzo
    National Park and hiked around for about three and a half
    hours. There was nobody up there, just some
    cattle and donkeys wearing cowbells to scare the bears
    away. On the highest part of the trail, there was some
    definite bear scat -- the only bear who lives in Abruzzo
    is a grizzly bear, and this was large enough scat that
    it sure looked like a grizzly. But we did not see the bear,
    nor the other famous occupants of the park like the chamois.

    The fall colors are really beautiful right now.

    Steve

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    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: more food tourism

    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >(Steve Pope) wrote:


    >>The next phase involved and equally moutnainous
    >>drive, part through a valley (the Valerina?) which
    >>has changed but half a naugt in centuries; and
    >>then dropping down to sora where our next biostay
    >>is. We have just arrived so more later...


    >This is sounding wonderful. It's the type of Italian vacation my son
    >in law would love. He wanted to spend 6 months on some type of farm
    >in Italy a couple of years ago. Take pictures and post ASAP!


    The pictures are uploaded from camera to laptop, I just
    need to refig them and get them on my website.

    Your non bio son would probably like this sort of farmstay. I
    must admit that every other guest here is between 20 and
    30 years younger than us. I feel that we should have
    done this in our youth, except that in our youth, this
    sort of thing did not even exist.

    But there are now tons of tourist farms in Italy; I think
    we found these places through Slow Travel or Slow Food.
    (The proprietor here has said the Slow Food people have
    been through, but said it with a bit of a shudder:
    sort of like, "We're Slow Food, and we're here to help!"

    S.

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