Five Minutes After Getting to Parma

June 13, 2010 · 1 comment


First meal in Parma, if you don't count the gelato.


That’s right: Parma.

Home of Prosciutto di Parma.

Home of Culatello (well, almost; “Little Ass”–which will, um, probably never be gnawed upon in the United States for a variety of reasons, comes from nearby Zibello).

Home of Lambrusco.

And home of the hotel I’m staying in for the next few days, along with writers Kim Sunee and Rowan Jacobsen; we’ve come here for a few days of learning and drinking and eating the magnificent ham, cheese, wine, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale that is produced in the region, and I, for one, can’t wait. Unfortunately, I have to take a short nap first. 

We left yesterday evening, had an uneventful flight to Milan, a hundred mile drive to Parma, a nearly-immediate visit to a gelateria, a glass of Lambrusco and a nosh (see above), and a two-hour walking tour of this most remarkable smallish city. My colleagues, for what it’s worth, looked every bit the natives; I, however, looked like a German tourist suffering a hot flash. 

Anyway, I’ll be posting from Italy over the next few days–as often as I can, assuming I don’t get trampled if Italy beats Paraguay in the World Cup.

Stay tuned.

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1 Ben Crumlich June 20, 2010 at 12:33 am

Hello Elissa,
Ben here, wine guy at Fairgrounds W&S, Danbury. I VERY much
enjoyed my initial browsing through your blog…I am going to make Mr Aaron’s granola recipe with (I can’t help it) tweeks… substitute sunflower seeds with cashews, add 1 teaspoon(?) powdered ginger. I am a granola fan as well as (I think I mentioned at the store) a fan of all things pig.
In a perfect world there would be prosciutto di parma wallpaper……
and chewing gum.
I am not the food free-thinker that my wife is (I hope you can meet her one day) but I really enjoyed my Sat. evening reading your wonderful, thoughtful, uninhibited diary of all things food. Please, keep in touch.
Ben Crumlich
Wine Director
Fairgrounds Wine & Spirits
Danbury, CT

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