My time in Emilia Romagna changed me.
Prior to going I was not much of a foodie.
Italian food? It shocked people but, really, I could take it or leave it.
Cooking? I had lost interest after years of feeding a family and then suddenly having no one to cook for at all.
But, touring the small towns in the rich region of Emilia Romagna, the region of Italy best known for amazing food, I found the glory of Italian cooking.
I discovered sublime quality over mediocre quantity. I found rich flavors in simple recipes. I learned the value of tradition.
My Food Souvenirs
My most valued souvenir from this trip is my new-found interest in food.
To nourish this interest I also brought back some of the best ingredients available from some of the top producers in the region. My customs form declared a kilo of 3 year old Parmigiano Reggiano, 750ml of Sangiovese wine from a small producer, 750ml of olive oil from the village of Brisighella and my prized 100ml of Balsamico Tradizionelle. I have already told you about Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca where I bought Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. I will soon share the stories and the making of each of the other foods.
Until then, here are some photos to whet your appetite.
My thanks to the Emilia Romagna tourism board here for supporting me at Blogville – a place for bloggers to stay while exploring the region. You can read what other bloggers have written about their stay here.
Get lots more on the Emilia Romagna region from this ebook.