My sister is mystified by my (very American) embrace of Valentine’s Day, a holiday nobody pays attention to in Italy. In truth, my version mostly entails an exchange of cards and a collaborative meal, but this year, because she is here with her boyfriend, I thought we would use the occasion for a bit of fun.
Category: Food & Entertaining
I might not have realized it at the time of my visits, but there have been countries I explored, understood and loved through food. While I don’t have fond memories of Dutch food, some of their sweets became some of my favorites and made me want to go back over and over. Jamaica will always be viewed through its jerk consumed roadside (the very first food trucks!). Los Angeles made me appreciate Mexican food. And France…well, I was never a great fan of the typical French fare until I delved more into the less classical and more peasant regional cuisine but lobster, croissants and crepes always scream Paris to me.
A tourist visiting Southern California right now would be forgiven for wondering what happened to the spectacular California weather: we have been under a cloud of relentless cold and rain which, if it’s a godsend for our parched earth, it drives the average Los Angeleno to stay home on the sofa as much as work will allow. On days like today, one craves warm and soothing food. Something like rice pudding, for instance.