I'm sorry to return to blogging with such a lame little post here, but I've been quite busy with - among other things - the bureaucracy required for our move next year. I won't bore you with how I've spent weekends doing back taxes and tracking down and shifting documents among Naples, Rome, New York City and Montgomery County, Ohio in what I've endearingly termed "the paper chase." I'll soon be back with regular posts but, in the meantime, I leave you with some recent Italian food craziness.
This commercial cracks me up every time I see it. It features one of the chefs for Italy's national soccer team proposing "pane e Nutella" as the cornerstone of a healthy breakfast. Looks like they've got quite the gourmet operation there to feed Italy's campioni del mondo (world champions) yet they can't even whip up a proper breakfast?
Now I'll admit that I'm not a big fan of the highly processed hazelnut spread (the gourmet kinds with interesting flavors, such as chili pepper and ginger are another story, however), so you won't find me slathering it on bread in the mornings. But it seems that gazillions of Italian schoolchildren head off for a busy day of studies fueled on by the stuff. I'd hate to be the teacher in charge when they all start to come down from the collective sugar high.
Let me get this straight: we are meant to start the day with junk food and then (per the recommendation of one of the Italian government ministers) skip lunch altogether. I guess one is supposed to get by until dinner on caffè then?