Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14th

Finally all caught up!

Today was a very rushed morning. I set my alarm for 7 but didn't wake up until Courtney thankfully woke me up at 8. I didn't even hear my alarm go off and so I am so thankful that she had to be up early this morning as well. I raced around a little and didn't have time for a cup of coffee so that was a little bit of a bummer but it was my own fault.

Courtney and I went by a fruit stand on our way to the Piazza where we were both meeting for our different trips that we had today. She was going to Pisa and Lucca and I was going with my wine class to a vineyard in Chianti.

There are only about 8 girls in my class and so it is a very nice sized group to go and do these trips with. This is our first of five and it was amazing. We went to a vineyard in Chianti that is called Castillo di Gabbiano and it was so interesting! The castle that lies on the estate was built in 1256. Personally, I thought it was so cool that I was in a building that was built before our country was even discovered by Christopher Columbus. We toured my future villa and then went down into the wine cellar to see the big oak barrels and it was really cool. There were several barrels that were about twice the size of me height wise and then about 7 ft wide. It was a beautiful wood and it was just really interesting.

We toured some of the grounds and then went in to taste the wines. We tasted three different red wines and they were beyond good. They had an amazing flavor and it was really interesting to be able to taste the oak so fresh in the wine. We also had the chance to taste their olive oil and their two different varieties of balsamic vinegar. All three were so good. I wish I had bought a bottle of it and had it until the rest of the semester. I will remember next time to buy some. I still have a lot of olive oil from the first bottle I purchased, but I think it would be worth it to buy some from a vineyard that I have been to and then of course save the bottle.

We had a good bus ride home and it is really nice that all of us girls are able to chat with one another. I think it helps because there are only a few of us, but still, it is nice. We went to the San Lorenzo market, and get ready for it, I tried a panino con lompredotto. What is that? Well before you type it into google translate, it is a sandwich with cow's stomach. It was honestly not too bad! It tasted like corned beef but it had a LOT of fat on it. The stomach has a thicker layer of fat around the outside and then the actual meat of it is a thin layer. They put a garlic parsley salsa on it so that made it taste way better I am assuming. It was an interesting sandwich and I can say that I did it, but I will not be getting another one. Just the amount of fat that was on the sandwich was hard for me to enjoy.

After the sandwich I went to one of the school building to do a bunch of printing that I need to do for things due next week. While I was printing, I got a HUGE headache. I quickly finished printing and went back to the apartment to take a nap. I took a two hour nap and still had the headache when I woke up. I wanted to keep sleeping but I didnt want to run the risk of not sleeping tonight

I started to upload pictures on facebook that I have been putting off and did a little blogging until Courtney came home. We made a dinner of sauteed eggplant, mushrooms, red and yellow bell pepper in a red wine. I had mine over pasta and Court had hers just in a big bowl. It was delicious! I decided that for this week I am going to make something out of the cookbook, tbd what that is, but I will figure that out tomorrow.

I finished the night off with adding long overdue pictures to facebook and catching up on my blog. I am excited to get this headache gone!

Con amore, Ciao!


  1. I tried cow stomach. I disagree with you, lol, I did not enjoy it one bit. But I'm proud of you for trying!

  2. At a girl! Thats what i like to hear! Lauren the Adventurer!

  3. This is the first food you have talked about where I have not had a craving for (gelato) or dream of how delicious it is