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Sunday: Week 2 Already!

For those of you who have asked to see my Furla purchases, you must be patient. I bought a gift and the recipient reads my blog, so I cannot show it yet. You will see it soon. : )

Wow, sometimes it feels like I've been here a month (when I miss Brad), and other times like the week went by in the snap of fingers! (When I need more time to rest or study)

Sunday morning, I had coffee at home and did a FIRST: laundry in Italy!

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Then I headed to piazza San Stefano for coffee. There are now TWO baristas who know how I like my coffee: in a BIG glass with lots of milk. Marco (the second Marco) at the cafe in the piazza, is very fun to chat with, and helps me practice speaking Italian only!

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NEarby is the large supermercato that I had yet to visit. It is about a 15 minute walk (for me) from my apartment. I love Italian grocery stores! The cold cuts and cheeses are to die for. A stretch from even my Bristol Farms!

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My favorite find was these tiny antipasti forks, spoons and teeny plates (plastic, but look like stainless, and the plates are black, white and silver). How cute are they? I got 50 of each!

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Boy, am I a whimp. It is tough to carry two HEAVY bags of groceries home. I don't know how these little old ladies do it! Where is Brad when I need him?, Better yet, Jerry, since half the stuff is for his arrival. (He will say that it is Paul's job...)

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I got in an hour of homework, then went for pranzo at "Biagi", recommended by Nancy L. GRAZIE, Nancy! It was wonderful! I have made a reservation to go back with Jerry and Sandi!

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The owner, Fabio, spoke no English, and there are no menus. The restaurant is attractive, with a series of small dining rooms from the front to the back.

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They begin by bringing you a plate of antipasti. The tuna, radicchio and green bean salad was delicious., I even ate some of the panzanella. (the beans stayed on my plate)

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For my pasta, I ordered tortelli filled with spinach and ricotta in a butter and sage sauce. They were as light as air.

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I could have quit there, but this would be my only meal of the day. After all, part of my job is to scout out these restaurants for my ST friends! I ordered the Cotoletto Bolognese, to compare it with what I had the other night. This was incredible, and a much smaller and more manageable portion! I think this is the best dish I have had so far!

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I left the dining room to finish my wine in the bar, where smoking was allowed. I chatted with a family who had been sitting next to me during dinner. The husband had been to San Diego and San Francisco. The wife was very gracious, and asked me many questions. 7 year old Sofia tried to practice a few words of English she has learned at school.

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After lunch a quick pisolino (nap), and then an afternoon of studying for me!

Comments (9)

sandrac:

Looks wonderful, Palma! I can't wait to have some great Italian coffee!!

Shannon:

It is so wonderful to read these daily details of your trip. I feel like I am there with you... though I think I would have a hard time tearing myself away from the second Marco if I was there.

Another beautiful day in Paradise!

Looks like another wonderful day and I hope you are feeling rested. Looks like you are making friends wherever you go!


Another restaurant to add to my must try list, thank you!

sheri:

Time flies when you are having fun!

I'll happily lug things on Wednesday! woo hoo . . .

Nancy Laneri:

I'm so glad you enjoyed Biagi. For us, it was a totally Italian experience and gave me a chance to use everything I've learned, and we loved the food. When Jerry visits, ask for "a nice bottle of local wine". You won't be disappointed.

Nancy L

OMG... tortelli filled with spinach and ricotta in a butter and sage sauce - YUMMMMMMMMMMY!!! One of my favorites! I will definitely have to go there the next time I am in Bologna.

Chiocciola:

I can't believe I have never eaten a cotoletto bolognese... Looks so good.

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