In case you wonder what this has to do with Eating and Eataly, please be patient. I am developing an arc of suspense here. Or: I just love to show you these photos which date back to 2009.
Around the old factory you see housing districts where the factory workers used to live.Now that the car production is no longer situated in the Lingotto, the building has been transformed to a hotel and a shopping mall.
This is the turn for speed!
This is how I remember me on top of the Lingotto: casually chique, very classy and cool. Taupe T-Shirt, some Silhouette-shades, navy blue capri pants. Not so bad, my memory over all, I mean, this looks damn cool, right?
... until I see the whole picture:
Btw: it is almost impossible to find a cool posture while standing in the steep turn. So I won't excuse for akward posing. I did my best not to fall over!
*SIGH* What a beauty!!
At both ends of the building ramps led the cars to the testing circuit.
I don't know about you, but I find these structures absolutely breathtaking!
I have never been to Detroit, but this is probably the better version of a past time. In Detroit many structures have been abondoned and destroyed. I am so happy, the decided to look after the Lingotto.
They probably had no eyes for the view.
Today other, new industries offer jobs. Retail is big in Torino.
Which brings me to Eataly! Back in 2009 Eataly was exotic, something new, something exciting. Today it is still exciting, less exotic and not new anymore.
For those of you who have never heard of Eataly before: It is like a high-end IKEA fo food. Ok, maybe not the best picture. But it explains a lot.
The Slow Food movement originated in the Piemont (please correct me if I am not well informed=wrong). On a former vermouth factory now a supermarket for Italian food offers only the best products which can be found in the different regions in Italy.
When we chose our apartment in Rome (oh no, Rome again! Yes! :-)), I deliberately chose an area close th Ostiense, because that's where Rome's Eataly is located.
"Our" street in Testaccio, walking distance from Ostiense
The living room windows
You could not enter the building without walking past the concierge. I call this authoriatrian architecture.
While being in Rome we visited Eataly probably three times!? I did not just enjoy the best pizza Marinara during our stay, but also enjoyed a lot of people-watching. Italians love food. Sunday afternoon the place reminded me a lot of IKEA. Crowded with people all ages, united by their passion for food. Slow food.
This shelf offers a range of Risotto rice. Not "rice" overall, only the risotto rice. Italians who shop at Eatly must be world-experts for Risotto.
The photo above only shows a small part of the rice section. Inside Eataly the same effect set in that affects me while eating: I can not take food photos. So I asked Mr Paula to take photo for me. I was simply way too excited, walking up and down all the aisles.
I have spotted these honey jars in a posh grocery store in Hamburg last year.
Could be Mr Paula fell for the Italian word "intero"?
Next the the cowmilk they sell soy- and rice-milk. The Italian soy milk was delicious.
The prices are no bargains. But people line up at the cashier stations. In the end it's all about priorities. Of course Rome does not exist of Eataly alone. There is Vanni ...
Ad incredibly tasty bread and pizza of all kinds from the Panificio ...
You could say the experience in Italy educated me. Today I had the choice between conventional lemons from Spain or organic lemons from Italy. Guess which lemons I brought home. Not these from the Villa Borghese:
Do you notice? This time I left out the worms. de-grossing the content so to say.
I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen recently. One, because it is THE place for bird watching. Two, because love cooking. The label "vegan" is going to grow larger soon.
Attila Hildmann is the author of vegan cookbooks, which helped me to not only change my diet to vegan, but mostly to ENJOY the vegan diet. His books have been translated to English recently and I will feature some of my all time favourite recipes here. Sharpen your pencils!