Snow, food, wine, Italy

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The morning after the snow

We absolutely love living in Edinburgh, but this city seems to have two major flaws: 1) it doesn’t get enough snow and 2) Italy is no longer within a reasonable driving distance. We were starting to feel it was time to address the deficits of snow and Italy in our lives.

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A sunny walk

An invitation to some friends’ cabin in the Dolomites had us booking flights without delay. We envisioned a relaxing time eating, drinking, talking, wandering through the snow, and admiring the views. We were not disappointed.

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Local wine in plastic jugs. Tasty stuff.

For the first few days we mostly ate at the cabin, gorging ourselves on cheeses, pasta, vegetables, and blood oranges (even in the middle of winter in a small town in the mountains, Italian produce is amazing). All this was topped off, naturally, with local wine and grappa. Many price comparisons were tossed out, things along the lines of ‘this 3-liter container of wine cost the same as one glass in a pub in Edinburgh.’

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Roasted peppers and eggplant, buffalo mozzarella

We did go out for one meal, at our friends’ local favorite Agritur Maso Santa Romina.

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Aperitivo hour, with sketching of the view

We intended to spend a week in Italy, half in the mountains and half visiting a few cities. But then we saw there was a big snowfall scheduled for Thursday, and we couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the cabin before it.

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So we stayed, and were treated to two days of almost non-stop snow. Around 60 cm (2 feet), I think, but we weren’t very accurate in our measurements. We were too busy playing in it.

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Too much snow to sled

Then we realized that we might be getting so much snow that we’d have trouble making it off the mountain for our flight home, much less in time to see some of the cities we had hoped to visit.

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Little religious thingies are never far away when you’re in Italy

After a brief panic, we researched flight change costs and other relevant details, and talked ourself into a second week in Italy. We celebrated this decision with more wine. (Luckily we were well-stocked on both food and beverage, having run amok in an Italian supermarket a few days before the storm.)

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He looks like a Maurizo, I think. Or maybe a Fausto. Prosecco cork nose, espresso bean eyes.

There’s nothing like topping off a week in Italy with a second week in Italy.

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Scott chasing a runaway suitcase as it is being sledded down to the car.

Decision to stay made, we relaxed again and enjoyed a few more days in the snowy embrace of the Dolomites.

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A walk at a nearby lake

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We were mesmerized watching this guy eat breakfast.

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Carciofi!

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Roasted peppers, fresh from the oven

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Don’t forget, you’re in Italy!

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Fox!

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Cacio e pepe, expertly prepared by our host

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When it was finally time to leave, we dug out the car and sledded our luggage down to it (the long, steep driveway proving most undrivable). After a short distance we were able to take the chains off the tires, and we were on our way back to civilization. Next stop, Padova.

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4 thoughts on “Snow, food, wine, Italy

  1. I love your blog but – and don’t take this the wrong way – but sometimes I hate reading your blog. I don’t always handle my envy well.

  2. I’m slowly making my way through the blogs. This snow however…NO…lol I am originally from Glasgow but have lived in the USA most of my life and traveled extensively. This past winter in New England has me searching. for my next home. I no longer want to be anywhere around it. Having to shovel, pay huge heating bills and dealing with 3-4 snowstorms a week is too much. The food looks incredible though and who can beat those wine prices ;)

    • I can totally understand never wanting to see snow again after the winter you’ve had! Sounds like too much even for me.

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