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21 June 2016 @ 04:11 pm
Random Post: Diary of a Coffee Lover  
You know when you say Italy people think oh, yes... Mafia, Pizza and Mandolino... I think it's outdated and not accurate to be honest...

Mafia... Maybe yes, but in the south, but I've never been further south than Rome unfortunately, so I don't know if it's actually an everyday thing... Definitely not something that acomunes all Italians. Pizza YES! Definitely. If you don't have pizza once a week you're either intolerant to good food or not a true Italian... They lied to you.. But Mandolino? I've never seen one... Can we change it with espresso? I think it's more accurate...

Now that I live in Florida I kind of gave up on pizza (I can hear the GoT nun ringing the bell and saying shame shame shame) because this is not the real thing, but I can't be without my coffee... The first thing I bought, even before getting the place I'm renting, was a coffee maker... I literally moved in with a suitcase on one hand and a coffee maker on the other one... I'm not messing around guys... I have a problem and I'm cherishing it!

Before the Nespresso maker I've tried every coffee shop around here, and every single one of them failed in delivering me what I asked: a simple espresso... Not more than a finger of coffee (I mentioned a finger in the orizontal position but the cultural gap made them measure the amount of brown gold in the vertical way) but the worst thing: they always burn it!!! So, in order to deliver to my body the daily intake of caffeine, I had to move into the Frappuccino realm... Even if I can't have it every day (because a frappuccino a day would be like telling your body "I don't care anymore" and it would force me to exercise more than I do) it's a nice threat once a week. A threat that remained even now that I have a nice home made espresso every morning and after lunch.

The other day Starbucks posted a photo of something called double double fudge bar frappuccino and I knew I had to try it...

It has been 2 days now... I was checking the weather forecast after lunch to be sure (and both times it said 0% chance rain) getting myself together, get the bike ready to go and then, when I was about to step out, a storm... Not a little London Rain but buckets of water... I thought I saw Noah across the street and he waved, asking if I needed a lift...

Derek told me last year he saw a guy on a canoe on the street... ON.A.CANOE!!!

But today I didn't check. I took my bike and I went to my favorite Starbucks (5 miles from home) and I got myself my deserved frappuccino. And it was GOOD! OMG it's covered in chocolate shipper cream! Mr. Starbucks... You are a genius, sir! There are like 20 Starbucks between home and this particular Starbucks, but I'm still a crazy person, and I need to know I'm going to burn the calories I get into my body, and the best way is to go far away because eventually I have to go back home...

So, yes this was just a random post... Sorry for the rant... Going back to my book now... Enjoy your day everyone!!
 
 
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orangerful: snack time! // orangerfulorangerful on June 21st, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
When my family and I went to the UK and we got pizza at a real Italian restaurant, OMG. I've never had pizza that good. American Pizza is kind of a different thing entirely.

And any time we go to an Italian restaurant that is more upscale (and I suspect an actual Italian might own it) we always end the meal with a cappuccino. I don't know what a mandolino is though, I would definitely say "espresso" or "cappuccino" if someone asked me about Italian drinks. :)

Sounds like Starbucks has got your number! LOL. Wonder if any of the Starbucks by us have that drink yet. I know sometimes they roll out special drinks in certain parts of the country and test them out. That does sound delicious though, perfect for a hot summer day after work.

I love your random posts!!! <3
Ery-chanerychan86 on June 21st, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
A mandolino is a weird looking guitar: https://www.google.it/search?hl=en&q=mandolino&ei=l8ppV-z4PMGleqDblJAM :D but honestly no one plays it anymore xD

I have an espresso after every meal in Italy but when I'm here I tend to opt for a cappuccino too... In Italy cappuccino is "forbidden" after 11:59 am! My husband loves his cappuccino, and I remember one of the first times we went out for dinner with my parents and he ordered a cappuccino at the end of the meal... The waiter asked him to repeat himself and looked at him kind of shocked! He didn't know about this "rule". My dad still laughs thinking about it! But now he teds to order whatever I'm having, just to be sure... so sometimes I order a cappuccino, even if I don't feel like it, to make him company :D
Every Country has its rituals, and actually every city also... In Genova we have cappuccino in the morning with focaccia" an oily salty bread... we dip it into the coffee... People from other cities looks at us like we're crazy... until they try it.

You have to go visit Italy!!! Now that I'm about to go back for a while (I'm leaving Florida in 10 days and I'll be back here in September) I feel like I've missed my Country so much... but then it's the same when I'm about to come back here! :D

I really hope they have the Double Double Fudge Bar Frappuccino (what a crazy name) where you are... You're going to love it!!! SO GOOOOOOD!

I love your random posts!!! <3
Thanks :D I felt inspired by the goodness of the Frap xD
orangerfulorangerful on June 22nd, 2016 01:11 am (UTC)
OH! A mandolin! Yeah, I do not associate that with Italy at all! I mean, I guess I associate it with Medieval/Renaissance times, but not necessarily Italy, though I suppose a lot of the Renaissance that we talk about happened in Italy LOL.

I had no idea about that rule! At least now I am ready to travel to Italy and not embarrass myself in that way (I'm sure I will find other ways LOL).

I would LOVE to go to Italy. My Dad was in the Navy when I was a kid and we were stationed in Italy, but I was three so I remember NOTHING! We lived in Gaeta. My parents both talk about it so fondly. I really want to go on my own. I'm pressuring Tim to apply for his passport this year because I want to be able to go on adventures like that together. But if he won't, then I'll convince someone else to go with me! My BFF actually did a year abroad in Italy during her college years, I bet I could convince her to run away with me...especially after she has her second baby in September LOL!

Ery-chan: Community: Abederychan86 on June 22nd, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
If he doesn't get a passport you and your friend can always travel with me! :D I'm flying back and forth pretty often :D due to my green card status I have to be in the states a total of 6 months and a day every year and my husband has to go where the yacht go so I constantly have to go back and forth in order to see him and my family.


Tell Tim your Italian friend is going to introduce you to a lot of Italian geeks... he will apply in 2 days time LOL!

orangerfulorangerful on June 22nd, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
I will keep you posted! I would much rather get a tour of Italy from a local who knows all the hidden gems than just going by a guidebook. :)
Ery-chanerychan86 on June 26th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
No problem... Whenever you want to go! Any time!!! :)
in_the_bottle: Melbin_the_bottle on June 22nd, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
I think pasta, pizza, gelato... I don't drink coffee, so no espresso. Just entree, main, and dessert. :P

For about 12 years I lived in the Italian district of Melbourne, and it was pretty much mafia central There was a restaurant about 5 mins walk away from where I was living as a student that was the site of a gangland shooting. They made a whole TV series out of the mafia wars in Melbourne/Australia (Underbelly, if you haven't heard of it). Before the 1st series was due to air, the Victorian Supreme Court put a suppression order on the network to stop them from airing the show in the state as it could prejudice ongoing murder trials. I met the judge (Justice Betty King) briefly at a conference dinner once, and oh boy she's one heck of a character!

I moved 10min down the road not long after I finished uni, and my local pizza place was owned by someone who was a known mafiosa, and I've seen him in the restaurant a couple of times when I dropped by to pick up my pizzas...

Uh.... so yeah, I think I pretty much lived in people's idea of what Italy is like without ever having been to Italy? One thing's for sure, I have got *ridiculously* high standards of what's an acceptable pizza...
Ery-chan: Music/Musicalerychan86 on June 23rd, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
For about 12 years I lived in the Italian district of Melbourne, and it was pretty much mafia central There was a restaurant about 5 mins walk away from where I was living as a student that was the site of a gangland shooting.
I'm sorry to hear that! See... Mafia is connected with power and money, people with these things can leave and have to leave if they want to survive or make more money. These are the people that carry our flag outside of our borders, they wear it with the Italian pride - that is just a faded memory of what we used to be, and they cover it with stains. Our politicians enter in foreigners homes throughout the TV, showing a picture of a country of cowards, traitors and self absorbed souls. :(

Uh.... so yeah, I think I pretty much lived in people's idea of what Italy is like without ever having been to Italy?
This saddens me... Italians are much more than that. Don't get me wrong: my people is messed up. We trust no one, we're way too proud and we don't adjust easily to changes. But (as soon as we know we can trust you) we're nice and warm, happy to be alive, passionate about everything and we wear our heart on our sleeves... there's no time to be fake, what you see is what you get. I miss that when I'm away, everyone here in America is like over doing it... Since we were talking about food: I can eat at a restaurant where the waiter constantly comes and asks me - while my mouth is full - if everything is okay without even care (because you can see they don't care) and then you have to leave a tip even if the service was awful... or when people asks you how you're doing while walking by and they don't even stop... And all these extra "Sorry" and "Thank You" that are not necessary and not felt... I'll get used to it one day xD

One thing's for sure, I have got *ridiculously* high standards of what's an acceptable pizza...
LOL! That's a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you now know how good it really is (even if I think you should try the original Pizza in Italy :) maybe we can also make amends for the kind of Italians you've met during these 12 years) and a curse because it's so difficult to find a good restaurant!!!
in_the_bottlein_the_bottle on June 23rd, 2016 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh dear god, no, I didn't mean to give you an impression that it wasn't a good neighbourhood! Its actually one of the more expensive and pretty inner city neighbourhoods in the area and I loved it there! I wouldn't have stayed there for so long otherwise and my previous housemate is still living in the area, back in the same block of flats we shared when we were students, in fact! I moved houses 4 times in the 12 years and every single time, its within Carlton/Carlton North because I love it there so much. And google Lygon Street Melbourne, and its one of the tourist places to go if you're ever in Melbourne, and filled with fantastic restaurants and cafes. To be honest, Rocky himself seemed quite a pleasant fella when you're his customer and don't piss him off. :P

Grand prix season, just head down Lygon street and every single one who own an Italian sports car will have it parked on Lygon St and you're free to wander along and take pictures with the cars if you wish. And I'm proud to say we were the first neighbourhood to drive the local Starbucks out of business, because honestly, with that many proper Italian cafes and restaurants around, why the fuck would you go to Starbucks?! I mean, just look at this!! Holy crap, I'm now missing the hot chocolate and pastries at Brunetti's....

And I have friends in the area who are Italian migrants and its fantastic that we'd go into a restaurant and she'd order in Italian and the waiters/owners would reply back in Italian with a bright smile. Its amazing really, and I've grown quite used to the Italian restaurant owners hospitality. There was once I ordered a pizza takeaway at one of my fav pizza place, and because they were so busy, the staff kinda forgot about my order. When the owner found out that I was still there 20mins later, I got my pizza for free. :D

We don't do tips in Australia unless the service is EXCEPTIONAL, and even then its whatever you feel like tipping and not a fixed percentage. Which is why New York hates Australian tourists. Its not that we don't want to tip the Americans, we just don't know how or how much because we never have to do it at home because our minimal wage is like $17/h and our wait staff don't rely on tips to make a living!

Oh dear god, I'm now craving pizza... I might order some for dinner tomorrow night. A bit too late now and I'm too hungry to wait. All your fault, had me talking about food. Haha!
Ery-chanerychan86 on June 24th, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh dear god, no, I didn't mean to give you an impression that it wasn't a good neighbourhood!
Oh I'm glad!!! I feel better :D

And I have friends in the area who are Italian migrants and its fantastic that we'd go into a restaurant and she'd order in Italian and the waiters/owners would reply back in Italian with a bright smile. Its amazing really, and I've grown quite used to the Italian restaurant owners hospitality. There was once I ordered a pizza takeaway at one of my fav pizza place, and because they were so busy, the staff kinda forgot about my order. When the owner found out that I was still there 20mins later, I got my pizza for free. :D
Food business = Serious Business... An Italian mother never leaves you unfed... As a owner to a restaurant you're like a mother xD

We don't do tips in Australia unless the service is EXCEPTIONAL
And that's how it should be! Here I have to tip a waitress who brings me the wrong salad twice and gets called a couple of times before showing up with my water. So crazy! So I tip and I never go back to the place...

Oh dear god, I'm now craving pizza... I might order some for dinner tomorrow night. A bit too late now and I'm too hungry to wait. All your fault, had me talking about food. Haha!
AHAHA same here. I went to an Italian restaurant last night because I was craving it so badly LOL!
Eleonora: spn/deancrazyeleblack on June 25th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
I wish you luck on finding a worthy pizzeria soon! Don't lose hope.... I can't imagine life without pizza!

Luckily I only had to drink American coffee (or something of the sort) a couple of times while I was in Berlin for a 1-month German course, but now that I read your entry I realize something my subconscious has known all along: they burn it. They burn the coffee. That's why it tastes so awful. Ugh.

Ery-chanerychan86 on June 26th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know why but I'm reading this conversation and I'm laughing picturing us being extremely serious, like war time serious...

but now that I read your entry I realize something my subconscious has known all along: they burn it. They burn the coffee.
I can see you, taking a step back, shocked, and realizing what they did! How... HOW IN THE NAME OF GOD!?! HOOOOOOOW!?

I wish you luck on finding a worthy pizzeria soon! Don't lose hope.... I can't imagine life without pizza!
I won't... I will find it... one day... Or I will die trying... (or I will just make it myself xD)

And I will have a bidet in my home! People will point at me on the street whispering "She's the witch who has a very tiny tub in her bathroom... I've heard she makes her own pizza and she drinks coffee who doest't like burnt wood! HIDE YOUR CHILDREN!"


Eleonora: himym/quoteeleblack on June 28th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D