Sunday, June 27, 2010

when in rome...


I can think of few places I'd rather be on any given day than Italy. I love everything about it... the people, the food, the wine, the cities, the country, the history, the language, and of course, the coffee. The Italians are my peeps (coffee-speaking, that is).


The Italians take coffee seriously. Because coffee is so much a part of the Italian culture, not drinking coffee isn't even considered. It is not uncommon to greet someone in Italy with the phrase "Prendiamo un caffè?" (Have a coffee?)  They also don't worship at The House of Starbucks. Do not go to Italy and order a half-caf, skinny, sugar-free, caramel latte. (And for that matter, an Italian worth his salt espresso would only ever order a milky drink during the morning.  It's Italy.  It's mostly hot and not air-conditioned. The thought of hot milk sloshing around in the stomach isn't pleasant.)


If these tidbits have you concerned you may not be up to the task of ordering a coffee next time you're hanging out at a bar in Rome, be not dismayed!  Kate Appleton's video, How to Order Coffee Like a Roman will settle your nerves (at least until the caffeine kicks in). 



I wish I had seen this before my first Italian trip.  It would have made those first few mornings a lot easier (but no less memorable).

6 comments:

  1. i would pretty much be kicked out of the country.

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  2. Italy....I want to go for so many reasons. Coffee being one of them.

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  3. if my kids don't settle down and my work doesn't settle down i may just run away from them all and end up in Rome. I can dream can't I?

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  4. I bet Italy was just beautiful! I'd love to go visit there someday. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you had a great Monday too!

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  5. Rome reminds me of red wine - and lots and lots of red wine - and forgetting where our hotel was - and a really bad hangover.

    They love their coffee and blonds (I wish I was a blonde in Italy) ;)

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  6. OH and its so hard to find good italian food here in the south...now I'm craving it!

    Thanks for commenting on Single Mom in the South!

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