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25 July 2016 @ 01:12 pm
July Ask Me Anything Meme, Days 20 & 21 (July 25th)  
I'm alive!

Sorry I've been MIA for the last couple of days but I had some friends over and I was extremely busy. I'll do a post later (or in the next couple of days) with some photos, but for now I still am on a rush!

So on July 20th orangerful asked 3 random things about Italy or Italians we should all know!

1. Since you asked this question to me you know what's going to be the main focus of this answer: COFFEE... Here are the basic rules: a) an espresso is NEVER more than 25/30 ml. b) if you ask for a Latte in a coffee shop in Italy they'll give you milk c) Cappuccino is socially acceptable ONLY at breakfast, but you can ask for a macchiato: an espresso with a little bit of milk foam... a mini cappuccino basically xD
2. FOOD: a) Garlic Bread, Spaghetti and Meat Ball and Alfredo Sauce are not Italian: we eat plain bread during a meal (no butter oil or vinegar with it), Spaghetti and Meatball go basically always separate (different meals or different plates) and Alfredo for us is just a name :D b) When you make pasta you add salt to the boiling water before putting the pasta in and NOT OLIVE OIL (that prevents the sauce to mix with the pasta and it's just plain sad)
3. THE BIDET is the best thing in the world. To answer some of the questions I've been asked about it: Yes, every Italian has it, no, it's not a little tub for babies, yes, we still use toiler paper before it. In America I actually take a shower every time I do number 2. We're very protective of our ceramic friend!

BONUS: Italians are not patriotic... We HATE and LOVE Italy equally. For every thing we love we have one we hate and viceversa.

Also you should watch this hilarious video about Italians VS Europeans, quite accurate xD:

And on July 21st rogueslayer452 asked If you could use the technology seen on Stitchers, would you be one of the engineer team members or could you handle the emotional and psychological aspects of being someone like Kirsten of stitching into the memories of the deceased?
Since my background I would have to say I'd be the one who uses the tech, but I think I'd be good at what Kirsten does, I have a photographic memory and I'm very good at solving mysteries. I can also be extremely cold and I - sadly - don't have a lot of compassion for people I don't know... I always feel like I should be more touched by what happens in other people lives, but often I'm not... I can't control that. :(

I should be able to answer tomorrow's question on time! Now I have to run back to other things I didn't take care of in the past couple of days... I hope knowing you guys were high in my list of To Do Things make you proud! :D
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endeni on July 25th, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
/Cappuccino is socially acceptable ONLY at breakfast/ - Yep. I don't even drink coffee, I'm one those weird Italians who doesn't like the taste but I'll still give you the side-eye if I see you ordering a cappuccino after dinner... :D

Pizza pepperoni is an American Italian creation as well. If you ask for pepperoni here in the mother country you'll get ball peppers and not any kind of salami...
Also, isn't Garlic Bread sort of like bruschetta? We eat that. :D
/Spaghetti and Meatball go basically always separate/ - Yep, I think I ate spaghetti with meatballs only once in my life? They usually go separate.
/When you make pasta you add salt to the boiling water before putting the pasta in and NOT OLIVE OIL (that prevents the sauce to mix with the pasta and it's just plain sad)/ - LOL, olive oil, what? (Also, don't you guys know that water and oil don't mix well, what would be the purpose? Also, when you add salt to the water make sure it is boiling, you can do it before that but it will just take longer for the water to reach the boiling level, it's just physics...)

Also LOL that vid!

/THE BIDET is the best thing in the world./ - Can't think of living without it. Barbaric...
endeni on July 25th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC)
Also, talking about videos, lately I've been following this youtube channel, from an American girl studying in Milan, and seeing our country from her eyes has been so interesting. *g*
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 26th, 2016 06:45 am (UTC)
I saw some of the videos a couple of months ago and everything is so true! I nod all the time when I see one of her video! xD
endeni on July 26th, 2016 07:00 am (UTC)
LOL great minds think alike...
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 26th, 2016 06:26 am (UTC)
Pizza pepperoni is an American Italian creation as well. If you ask for pepperoni here in the mother country you'll get ball peppers and not any kind of salami...
I don't even know why they call it pepperoni... Don't let me start on the Pizza topic because then I end up talking about Pizza with Ananas and I loose my mental health xD It might be good but it is so wrong and on so many levels...

Garlic Bread is something that is served with pasta and it is baguette bread covered in melted butter and garlic powder. It's very VERY good but it's not an Italian creation. Americans, when they order pasta in Italy, often wonder where the garlic bread is xD

The oil in the pasta water it's just plain weird. Even the chefs on the boar do that. It prevents the pasta to stick but honestly you just have to stir it a couple of times right after you put it into the boiling water and it's done... My husband looked at me very puzzled the first time he saw me making pasta and he was very confused when I drained the pasta and put it in the pan with the sauce and mixed it for a while. He was like a child asking me "why?" at every single step xD

I miss the bidet so much... It's so annoying to have to take a shower every time you use the toilet... Eric is learning to use it and he loves it but still he forgets sometimes...
endeni on July 26th, 2016 06:49 am (UTC)
Supposedly pepperoni is some kind of Italian-American salame piccante/salsiccia? So a pepperoni pizza would be something like pizza diavola. Possibly the word is supposed to refer to peperoncino (and salame piccante) rather than the peperoni/ball peppers variety? And, yes, let's not talk about ananas toppings. We Italians may not be overly patriotic but food is sacred, man. It's not just food, it's years of traditions. And LOL that's the reason for putting olive oil in the water, so you don't have to stir??? :D

Edited at 2016-07-26 07:10 am (UTC)
endeni on July 26th, 2016 06:57 am (UTC)
Also, about the garlic bread, so they basically eat pasta *and* bread? Weird. Like, what, not enough carbs already? :D
Though, bread and butter, I'm sure the taste can't but be great. ;)

Edited at 2016-07-26 07:00 am (UTC)
rhoda_rants on July 25th, 2016 02:04 pm (UTC)
When you make pasta you add salt to the boiling water before putting the pasta in and NOT OLIVE OIL

What that--who does that?!?! If you're using olive oil, you toss it with the pasta AFTER it's cooked and drained. I'm not even Italian, and I know better. (Then again, my brother is a chef, so I might be biased for other reasons.)
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 26th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
Your brother is not only a chef but he's a GOOD one. Every non-Italian chef I've met puts oil in the pasta, and when they do Carbonara they put cream in the sauce and the egg gets broken on top of the pasta and not mixed with the sauce...
orangerfulorangerful on July 26th, 2016 01:59 am (UTC)
Now I'm wondering about the history of all these not-really-Italian foods. Are the changes very American? Or is it like that everywhere but Italy?

And why did bidets never make it to the US?? I feel like they are all over Europe...or maybe I just watch too many movies!

Honestly, I think that is MORE Patriotic! Being able to say, hey, this is my country, I know it is not perfect but I love it anyway. Let me tell you about both the things that make me happy and what drives me crazy! :)
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 26th, 2016 06:44 am (UTC)
Now I'm wondering about the history of all these not-really-Italian foods. Are the changes very American? Or is it like that everywhere but Italy?
There are things (like garlic bread) that I wish were Italian because they're good and make total sense! But yes, if you come to Italy and you order something you order in Italian restaurants in the US there is a huge chance you're going to get something different. Like Vinegrette, or Italian dressing... Italian don't dress the salad, Italian salads are simple: just greens, tomatoes and maybe red onion and carrot,... but that's it... no croutons or cheese and definitely no dressing... We're not even huge fans of vinegar... Caprese Salad has no balsamic on it... As for Pizza: american thing crust is different than Italian crust... In Italy, when we go out for a Pizza we eat a pizza each because it's super light. Pizza and salad don't go together... So many things to say... Food and coffee are something we get very serious about xD

The Bidet thing is only Italian... it was invented in France but Italians are the only ones that uses it. I remember a couple of years ago my colleagues (Brits, Americans, Australians, Kiwis,...) had to stay in apartments because the boat had to be repainted and we weren't allowed on board for the fumes, and I received so many questions about the bidet... and most of the people thought it was disgusting for some reason... The funniest question was: "why don't they have it in restaurants?" xD! I grew up with it and it's normal for me, Eric promised me when we'll have our place we'll install a bidet... That made me so happy... (Also, in the winter, when it's cold, I put the lid of the toilet down and I sit on it like it is a chair and I fill the bidet with worm water and I put my feet in it... It's so good! xD)
orangerfulorangerful on July 26th, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
We had a pizza at an Italian restaurant when I was in London and OMG it was the real deal and I've never had that one as good before.
Ery-chanerychan86 on July 26th, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
That makes you wonder why Italian restaurants in the US (own by italians, with italian chefs) don't do it the "right" way... Eric LOVES italian food, in the US we only eat italian when I'm cooking xD
Ella of Ravenclaw Housethegrownupthing on July 30th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC)
Ery I don't think you know this channel but you have basically mentioned all of the same things he does!! are you friends?? do you have a mental connection?? lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6G_clfRX5U

I recently had a sponsored tweet come up from a "chef" and I watched his video and he didn't salt the water before he put the pasta in, which really riled me up. I then complained about it on Twitter and a British friend of mine was just like "I don't salt the water beforehand, is that bad?" and I was like OF COURSE THAT'S BAD and I'm not sure if she means that she salts the pasta AFTER which would make my skin crawl, or that she just doesn't salt it at all, which I guess could be forgivable? if you like your food really bland and without flavour?? like, I'd rather eat unsalted pasta than pasta someone has just SPRINKLED ACTUAL SALT OVER once it was cooked.

I watched some of that Tia girl's videos too. They made me chuckle :)
Ery-chan: David Tennant (Photoshoot)erychan86 on July 30th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
LOL... I've never seen that video but I read in the past years a lot of articles and these influenced me probably as they influenced him as well... And also I lived these things on my skin... The bidet thing was just insane... My crew mates were just so puzzled about it... To me it was just something wonderful that I missed every day...

Coffee is my thing and Eric loves it too... and it's so funny when he orders a cappuccino after breakfast time and people look at him like he's crazy... To me it's so socially unacceptable that I refuse to go deal with the bill and I ask him to do it out of shame... Or I talk in Italian with a English accent because it's just plain wrong to me XD

I love pasta and I never eat it in the US. Once I ordered a carbonara and the egg was placed on top of the pasta... I was actually mad! Spaghetti for them is angel hair and it's always over cooked and in every "Italian" restaurant you'll read on the menu: pasta with meatballs and pasta Alfredo... Once I asked Eric was Alfredo sauce was and he thought I was kidding... In the groceries stores you find Alfredo' Sauce made by Barilla ??? WHAT ???

And on the boat as well Pasta was always awful... I think these are my main "problems"... I don't like people using "Italian style" describing something that is NOT Italian... Food and coffee to me are 2 wonderful things that define Italians in a positive way so I want it to be the real thing... Probably others Italians feel that way too... Ence the video and the same opinions about stuff!

Pasta is the easiest thing to make... But just if you are Italian apparently... ;)