It may be better in Germany but thanks to globalization, now we can celebrate Octoberfest in Italy. OK instead of bratwurst 10 lamb kabobs on the stick will have to do, You can see I have 2 down and 7 to go: Dog gone it, Jorge stole one again.
As for beer, a cold pint is good anywhere. Jorge and Ricardo did not need Germany to down ummmm a few pints.
August saw a most handsome couple get married at Villa Lucia, beautiful Ana and her handsome companion Randy, publishers of Newport Beach Livestyle magazine. Ana’s family came from Spain to join some 50 other guests for a week of activities. As usual, my husband, doctor Jorge ( once a most successful plastic surgeon) performed the ceremony as he has done for many more in his new role as minister at Villa Lucia.
Having had a bout with spoiled milk, I had to rush to the bathroom due to a case of food poisoning when out with friends for lunch. A cold sweat, vomiting with dry heaves, made me feel like the kitchen sink that had backed up for some reason that same morning.
The next day, feeling great, while reading on our upstairs patio, our plumber arrived. He yelled up to me and asked how I was since he heard I had experienced some problems. I yelled back, “fantastic”. He gestured to me questioning what was wrong. I then explained how someone left what appeared to be a fresh container of milk etc. etc, and I put it into the refrigerator thinking it had never been opened etc, etc, and continued to explain for 5 minutes how the milk spoiled etc, etc, and how the bacteria formed, etc, etc, and how that sent me to the bathroom, etc, etc.
I ascertained he was bored hearing about my bowel and vomiting experience, when I understood that Italian gesture with the quick movements with the back of his fingers under his chin, meaning, “I don’t give a dam,”
I ended my monologue when that gesture was followed by another when he put his fingers together with his thumbs on both hands to question me from below the patio which I understood to say,
“ma che dici…….? What the hell are you talking about? I came to fix the kitchen sink.
Fun time during a week of cooking and picking olives during our annual Olive Oil and Artisan Cooking Weeks, Come join us for our 2016 harvest during the first two weeks of November, You get to taste our boutique extra virgin liquid gold seconds after being pressed and take some home.
I am back to my computer and life at Villa Lucia after spending a fantastic 6 months living in Florence with my 15 year old granddaughter , Laila. Since my life centers in the kitchen it was fun to help teach her some Italian verbs while cooking with grandma and grandpa. Not easy learning a new language . So proud of her. Now she is back in New York . We miss her and her great frittatas.
See part of the video on facebook. Villa Lucia
Two of our female guests were to meet a Sig. Gerrari at the RR Station in Bologna for a business meeting. Before they departed by train to Bologna we discussed at Villa Lucia how Italians greet one another by kissing both cheeks, and how ladies often make the first gesture. When they arrived back at Villa Lucia they told me and our guests that when arriving in Bologna they noticed a young sexy man staring at them who appeared to be waiting for them to take them to their meeting.
With big smiles and happy faces, Judy and Faith took turns giving the man a warm embrace along with the social italian kissing gesture they learned . Kissee Kissee, kissing him on both cheeks. Without a word spoken they were surprised to see the young man smiling from ear to ear board the train as it was pulling away from the station waving thank you to both ladies. They were so embarrassed that they took a taxi to their destination and left the real Sig, Gerrari who was waiting in his car for the lovely ladies and who they never got to meet.