.: Seven seas (sea 4)

and then simplicity: the typical “street food” of Romagna (and Emilia too, somehow) is piadina, gnocco fritto, salumi (prosciutto-ham, salame, mortadella and so on) and cheese.

I’m not a great cheese lover, but some cheeses are great with the perfect taste of gnocco fritto and with piadina too

but this was not enough: the chef really wanted to kill us with a tiramisù alla frutta

you can enter into trance with this….

.: Sometimes to lose is to win

The Wiz is an American musical adventure film released by Universal Pictures on October 24, 1978. An urban reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. The Wiz was a critical and commercial failure. Despite its initial failure, the film became a cult classic, particularly among African-American audiences, Oz enthusiasts, and fans of Michael Jackson.


It is ironic that even the lyrics of this song, apprently say “you can’t win”… and yet, sometimes you win even if you lose.

You can’t win, you can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game
People keep saying things are going to change
But they look just like they’re staying the same
You can’t win, get over your head
And you only have yourself to blame

You can’t win, chile (You can’t win chile)
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

You can’t win, the world keeps moving
And you’re standing far behind
People keep saying, things will get better
(Just to ease your state of mind)
(So you lean back)(And you smoke that smoke)
(And you drink your glass of wine)

Sayin’ you can’t win, chile
You can’t break even
And you can’t get out of the game

So what’s the moral of the story ? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” I know, somebody hates this proverbial phrase… (ok, this is weird: please don’t watch this video unless you’re a fan of Portal or you love Cave Johnson voice)

but what I mean is that you must play with the cards you’ve got, and find a way to turn to lose into win.

What all this has to do with some food ? well, remember that mayonnaise (so popular!) was probably invented during a siege and the cook did it with the only things he had in there.

I just want to encourage those of you that think they can’t cook. And… I’ve taken you here even if I just made some panini with ham and mozzarella 😀


.: Nothing else matters #2

Life can be tough sometimes. What does really matter then ? Money? Friends? Love? Cosa conta davvero quando la vita ti dà addosso ? Of course material things are important, but if you can’t see their value, things may not help. Famous suicidals tell us. People who had fame, money and all sort of things were not happy anyway. Devo ricordarvi qualche nome di gente famosa afflitta da depressioni devastanti ? Non credo. Quindi, avere soldi, cose, un lavoro fantastico, può non bastare. What really matters, I think, it’s presence. What do I mean by “presence” ? Something not listed in the “Presence” page of wikipedia. No, not even the Presence album by Led Zeppelin 😀

Presence is the ability to live in the present moment. The ability to set your mind on the here and now. Io chiamo “presenza” la capacità di mantenere l’attenzione nel momento presente. Spesso la nostra mente si allontana dal “qui e ora”. Our mind can wander, in the past or in an imaginary future. But most times it is an unuseful effort. E’inutile vagare con la mente nel passato o immaginare un futuro che nessuno conosce. La cosa non fa altro che portarci via da noi stessi (e da chi ci vuole bene). Non sto dicendo che non sia utile riflettere sulle esperienze passate o pianificare il futuro. I’m not saying reflecting upon past experiences or planning for the future is a bad thing. I’m saying it’s important to be centered in the only time-place which is real: now. Seems easy, but most people can’t do it (or could but don’t). Depression or other such problems, imho, come just from the inability to mantain presence. Your mind wanders too much and you get prisoner of such fancy thoughts, as if they were real. But they’re not. Se si lascia libero il cervello di costruire labirinti di pensieri, si rischia di restarne prigionieri e di non vedere la realtà che ci sta intorno. Presence also includes a sense of equilibrium. The ability to see the good things in our life and the possibilities to reach good goals. La presenza include anche quell’equilibrio che permette di essere ottimisti e realisti circa il buono che c’è nella propria vita e le possibilità di raggiungere degli obiettivi. Con costanza.
Losing your job, losing money, losing friends, getting sick or being disable can be hard things to face, but if you have presence, if you love yourself and life itself, you can overcome most problems. And nothing else matters. I think.

So remember: you can cook. The only thing you need is presence and…

… pasta, ham, cheese, onion, evo oil and patience 🙂

Cook pasta in the salted water. make an onion sautéed. Put the boiled pasta in the sautéed, add ham and make cheese melt. Easy uh ?

Buon appetito ! Cosa ? Volete anche il dopo pranzo ? You want something for relaxing after lunch ? Ok.

Amélie Nothomb

Metafisica dei tubi – Métaphysique des tubesThe character of Rain

Just to remind you when you were gods.

.: Bicycle ham

It was about 1 pm and I was somehow hungry, but I was not sure: have something or go home ? I was about 1 hour from home… it was a nice sunny day and I was in front of La bicicletta. I decided to stay for a bite.

What are you getting when you ask for “a toast” in Italy ? The regular “toast” is made with two simple toasted bread slices with some cheese and ham. But what kind of ham ?
Ok it’s hard to translate what we call prosciutto cotto, but I think you’ll understand if I say cooked ham.
Anyway, this is what you usually get for a regular italian “toast”.

At La bicicletta, though, they are pride to have special kind of things. I just asked for “a toast” and they served me a toast with some sweet Parma ham, which is what we call prosciutto di Parma. It is a special kind of sweet ham or prosciutto crudo dolce

I am sorry but I didn’t take a picture for I didn’t know it would deserve it so much. But believe me: it was really good. Haven’t had some such good prosciutto in a very long time.
And the coffee was very good too.

I rode my bycicle and the choice was right.