Snow Food

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in Blog

I’m just back from a short trip in the Italian Alps. A trip to the mountains, to the cold and the snow, a winter wonderland. Beautiful views, lovely sunny weather, perfect location and last but not least delicious food. I was immediately drawn to this pretty little town, its gorgeous streets and attractive shops. The shop windows were so nicely done, simple yet eye catching. The coffee shops’ decor so warm, oozing comfort from the cold outdoors with teas, thick hot chocolates and light aperitifs.

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Most of my stops were to shops that sold anything remotely edible. I indulge in little shops, tucked nicely among cheeses, hams, vegetables, fruit and all things tasty. Mostly and preferably I like shops that sell local, regional produce. I try to explore the food and wine from that particular area because I feel that it is the only time it will be authentic. And it truly was. Genuine, wholesome, warm and comforting.

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Rich food seems to be the only source of survival in the cold winter months, as I have happily sampled. One particular dish, Polenta, is a staple of the northern regions especially the mountainous areas. Polenta is eaten as an accompaniment to meats and sausages. I dare say instead of potatoes. It is also served along with melted Fontina cheese, as a very very rich starter dish. It is found on every menu and is a great source of comfort food to fuel up after physical activity in the cold.

Polenta with Fontina

Polenta with Fontina

Other more commonly found food was pizza and pasta, naturally, but oh so well prepared, so handsomely presented, and so mouthwateringly good. Cooked to perfection. The simplest and most popular dishes are the ones that are irresistible.

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And speaking of irresistible, it’s time to talk about dessert! I was enchanted by this after every meal. Absolutely luscious and delectable. There were times when I stated I was not having dessert as I felt too full after a meal, it only lasted until I was being told what was available and immediately my mouth began to water and the choice made harder with the mention of every item. Panna cotta, apple strudel, pear & chocolate tart, and the fantastic bonet. The latter is a very rich, creamy chocolate custard, flavoured with amaretti and served with warm chocolate sauce. Need I say more?

Bonet

Bonet

Well I doubt I need to say anymore. The food speaks for itself. Highly pleasing, apetizing and palatable. No matter where you eat, you’re bound to eat well. Food is Italy’s staple, its trademark to the world. For a foodie like me it’s a spot of heaven on earth. I will indulge you further with more pictures to end this post. Enjoy!

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Pasta Mare e Monti

Pasta Mare e Monti

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Pear & Chocolate Tart

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