Kids had to tune in with the Italian school again, catching up with old bills and fines and thankfully also some friends.
I left the blog in Chicago and Cincinnati right before going back to New York.
In the Big Apple we got hit by another snow storm and so I decided to enjoy some children time.
After a few snow balls I take Daphne back home and go with Milo on 18th and 5th to one of the loveliest book shops in town: Books of Wonder. Milo and I go for a Latte and a chocolate cup cake and some nice books to warm up after the cold snow afternoon.
It doesn’t take much to get a nice feeling in this town. A lot of people find it difficult to live in, but I like how New York lives.
The morning after we all went for a Gospel at the Brookling Tabernacle to get some proper NYC fuel and right afterward one can either go for a classic Brunch in a Deli like this one:
Here all troubles and sorrows are going to be drowned into gigantic burritos and welcoming smiles.
Alternatively one can always have a Sutarday or Sunday Dim-Sum Option which our kids love sooo much:
…and yet not so much like my pasta with broccoli and wild Alaskan Salmon. Meanwhile Barbara and Vanessa are working at the bar…
My stop in New York City was too quick though as I had to hold an event in Katona. And so let’s go to Grand Central, track 12 charging our spirit with a Magnolia Backery luscious red velvet cheese cake!
The trip to Katona was pretty and easy. Amy comes to pick us up at the station to get us in a beautiful mansion house in the middle of an enchanted countryside. I liked Amy’s house for its elegance, light and integrity.Â Benedetta get me straight in the kitchen to taste the food. I obey without any hesitation. I am trying to be more and more obedient these days…
While the pasta challenge was taking place,Â Barbara and I set all the wines up in the living room and by the time I feel ready for a drink…guests arrive.
I held a little introduction with the creamy Cusona Vernaccia di SanGimignano 2006 to make sure everyone read the music from the same sheet.
This is when I usually kick off with a “How to taste wine session” to break the ice. Then we all get to know each other better and dinner can start.
What a great evening: ice-cold outside fireplace on inside, great Italian Fine Wines and Italian cuisine!!!
We usually start with the schiacciata with chicken liver pate and extra-virgin olive oil appetizers.
Dinner started with:
Cauliflower and broccoli soufflÃ©
Fresh pasta with duck ragu
On top of our Cepparello 2006 and ProprietÃ Sperino 2006 from the De Marchis we went for a great Brunello selection of the small Tornesi Wine Estate 2004 and the slick Barolo Massolino Parafada 2005. The earthy and leathery Grattamacco 2001 was contrasting the very ripe and round ColleMassari 2004, while Tenute di SanLeonardo Â together with the duck ragu pasta was possibly the best match of the night. The evening went on and we finished off with the big Arnaldo Caprai Selezione 25 2003: a wine that needs to be treated badly with a lot of oxygen to make sure it opens up at the right time…and when it does it is pure pleasure.
And, as you know, Italy at Your Table can’t finish with a drop of the sweet and savoury Red Aleatico dell’Elba Tenuta delle Ripalte with Benedetta’s Chocolate Cake!
Now jacket on we have to catch a train to New York City before it’s too late. Next stop will be Boston.