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Lunches In An Italian Canteen

While in Italy, I lunched at the customer’s canteen. These are not just little sandwiches or such, these are straight up full meals, with courses even. You can pick whatever you want, and because I can’t eat too much, I actually control myself. But really, you can eat like a king, and it’s free. Some penne with bacon and ham and a few spices, and tons of oil. A salad and an extremely gargantuan portion of some fresh soft cheese called primasale. They really like to load you up here. And they keep wanting me to take some of everything. The canteen workers are like drug pushers and are putting peer pressure on me.

This day I had the chicken cutlet. It wasn’t straight up chicken breast, it was some kind of formed chicken, but it tasted excellent. Another gargantuan portion of a side, this time some fennel. I’ve never eaten fennel in my life. Other than a few bites that were a bit too anisey, I quite enjoyed this! A roll, whose shape is a specialty of the area. It’s funny because this roll is actually quite hollow on the inside. It’s reminiscent of a kaiser roll, but crustier, and hollow. I got a hunk of a brie type of cheese. And a banana. And of course, frizzante water.

My last work lunch day, I had some pork with a tomato and onion based sauce. I also got some cold green beans, which I loved, and some slices of emmentaler cheese. I’ve been totally digging the variety of the lunches. I already miss it!

Grocery Shopping In Italy

I did some posts on grocery shopping in europe the last time I was around these parts, so I decided to continue. I didn’t get to go to any big supermarkets, but visited a few convenience type grocery spots in Florence. There’s plenty of specialty shops for pastries, wines, pastas, and cured meats, and just good old grocery places. They have barilla just like we do!

The olive oil is pretty cheap there.

You can find philadelphia cream cheese anywhere!

I wonder what frozen pizzas from italy taste like?

Veggies are rather expensive.

Fruit is more affordable.

I did pass by one little shop that only sold fruit and I love that these are still on stems.

Yogurt, yogurt, and more yogurt. They have activia too!

Ice cream, ice cream, and more ice cream!

Yep, cookies too, they have so many different kinds of cookies, it’s insane.

Oh, and instead of regular baskets, they have ones you can roll. I love it!

High Speeding It To Florence

When I was finally freed from work, I hopped a high speed train to Florence from Milan. It only takes an hour 45, which is like way faster than driving. The central station in Milan is beautiful and impressive. Before my train, I picked up a few bites to eat.¬†Fanta, in freakin blood orange flavor. Seriously people, I love this stuff. Why can’t I get anything I like at home? A ham and cheese sandwich. This tasted just fine, but it scared me a bit because it said it was good until May. That seems to be a crazy long time for a sandwich to stay fresh.

I also picked up some potato chips, paprika flavor. These were really good. I’m not sure if they actually taste like paprika. They just have flavor. It’s not a distinct flavor, it’s just more of a generic red powder flavor for potato chips. But I like them.

Yep, that’s me at the Santa Maria Novella with some gelati. This definitely does not suck!

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