[W]inter tames man, woman and beast…. ~William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (Grumio)
Here’s my definition of warmth for this week’s photo challenge:
On a recent cold winter night in Chicago, I wanted dinner in a cozy place. A glass of wine. A seat near the fire. And one of favorite Italian dishes to warm me up. As I headed for the train, a cold wind was blowing. I was shivering despite wearing two sweaters, a thick down coat, and a hat.
So where did I go? Eataly of course, my Italian “home” in Chicago–a massive 2-story food emporium with several restaurants, featuring seafood (pesce), vegetables, meat (carne), homemade pasta and pizza, smoked meat and fresh cheese (salumi), as well as gelato, espresso, pastries, and chocolates. In other words, it’s heaven.
I slipped onto a seat at the pasta bar overlooking the kitchen, just a few feet away from the chefs, who were busy cooking pasta and stirring savory sauces. After a quick look at the menu, I ordered pasta norma (penne with eggplant and fresh mozzarella), and a glass of moscato wine. Perfetto! The perfect remedy for a cold winter night. If you look closely, you’ll see the chef reflected in the wine glass.
(Confession: The dinner also came with two slices of fresh Italian bread, but I ate it so fast I couldn’t include in the photo.)
For some intriguing interpretations of this week’s photo challenge theme, click on the links below: