Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Full Three Weeks

The first three weeks of classes at UNISG have been full, literally. Along with Italian lessons, we've enjoyed cured meat and cheese technology classes. Heavy on chemistry and biology, the classes gave us a technical background for the flavors and smells and sites we'd experience later during tastings.

We pushed our lactose tolerance with three different cheese tastings, each featuring a myriad of cheeses between the three-day-old mozzarella and the rare-four-year old parmigiano reggiano. The UNISG class of 2007 had a large presence at the barolo tasting hosted by a Parmigiano enoteca. Classes before the Christmas break ended with a crescendo as we had a surprise tasting of no less than eighteen cured meats. More than half of them came from Slow Food Presidia. Among my proudest accomplishments, I have to add keeping up with the tastings and still having room for the occasional gelato.

Other proud accomplishments? I'm now the owner of a cell phone. Yes, my very own cell phone. "No problem?" It was only thanks to Jackie's great help that I didn't end up walking out of the store with two cups and a long string. Tante grazie, Bella!

More soon on the other flavors of these first three weeks. In the meantime, if learning more about cheese technology is on your list of New Year's resolutions (as it is on mine), you might enjoy this site.



At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Cassie said...

You two look like you've done something really mischevious! I miss you both and hope that you have a great holiday! Tell Antonello and your parents that I miss and love them too!

Feliz Navidad (spanish I know)


At 11:30 AM, Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

Ciao Bella,

Buon Natale and Feliz Navidad to you, too! We miss you and hope you have a great set of holidays as well. Hope to see you soon!

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Tried to leave a message yesterday, but blogger wouldnt let me. Hope you both had a wonderful Christmas!

Buon natale!

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Johnny from France said...

Zhoo hoo! Zhat would bee zoo fun to studee zee biologee of zee wine and zee cheese! Joyeux Noel! I only wish zhat I could find zee Italian gelato here in zee south of France! us will search for it zoo zoon!



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