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Summer 2001 - Italy
The First SlowTrav GTGs
We had two great Slow Travelers lunches at our vacation rental in Tuscany, near Pienza in October 2001.
Lunch date: Wednesday, October 3
The following people joined Steve and Pauline at their vacation rental for a potluck lunch. It was a warm sunny afternoon and we all sat out in the garden.
See our lunch group photo on www.slowphotos.com.Slow Travelers "potluck": Wednesday, October 3 in house near Pienza
Lunch date: Wednesday, October 10
The following people joined Steve and Pauline at their vacation rental for a catered lunch provided by Zak and Gary from the agency TuscanHouse (www.tuscanhouse.com). Sacha and her helper prepared the meal.
See our lunch group photo on www.slowphotos.com.Slow Travelers Lunch: Wednesday October 10 in house near Pienza
What we ate
Sacha and her helper Anatolla arrived in the morning and did everything. Set up the outside tables, made flower arrangements (actually, I think Gary did the flowers), got all the plates and glasses organized, prepared all the food. Food just kept appearing! Then they cleaned everything up! We did absolutely nothing for this party - except eat and have fun visiting with everyone!
ANTIPASTI: Bruschetta al pomodoro, crostini with chicken liver pate, spinach tart, plate of mixed meats. I can only speak for the vegetarian selections - but they were great.
PRIMI: Vegetable lasagna, meat lasagna, trofiette with vegetables. The vegetable lasagna was very light - not a heavy dish. Trofiette was very good too.
SECONDI: Chicken (served hot), pork (served cold)
DESSERT: Fresh pears and pecorino, chocolate and pear tart, walnut cake. We also had Vin Santo and Cantucci. The chocolate and pear tart was amazing. Also the walnut cake - very light.
Lots of wine (everyone brought bottles - we had lots left over), lots of water, olives, more cheeses.
We woke up to overcast - dark and heavy clouds. I was in shock because the weather had been very good for the previous two weeks. But as the morning went on, the skies cleared. The day did not get sunny - but it didn't rain and it was warm. We were easily able to eat outside.
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