Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Florencetown bike tours. I can't imagine seeing the countryside any other way. When in a car, passing by the rows of grape vines and olive trees, it's gorgeous, yes, but I get mesmerized by the sites flying past me and fall into a trance (aka, falling asleep). But on a bike, I had to stay present, I had to work for the views, and when I saw them they were that much more stunning.
Slow Food movement which seeks to raise awareness of the connection between what we eat and the world around us and how eating local, sustainable, well-raised food makes for a better planet and for tastier dishes. One of our wonderful lunches was at a restaurant with slow food stickers all over its window called Ristorante da Padellina.
Dario Cecchini, made famous locally because of his almost religious attentiveness to the full use of an animal ("everything but the moo") and internationally because of his appearance in the book, Heat.
So I learned a lot of things while on my bike through Tuscany. I saw my first Chianina cow. I saw my first laurel tree. I learned how to make extra virgin olive oil and that you should eat it fast because it doesn't last. I learned what it means to have the official Chianti rooster on a bottle of wine. But the most important thing I learned was to take it slow, enjoy the ride, and share it all with great friends (old and new). Buon appetito.