On Saturday night we invited over our Italian friends over for dinner and some games. I've missed Mexican food like you can't believe, so I made enchiladas and homemade salsa, and Josh made his famous guac. It was all amazing and they all approved!! I would highly recommend this particular recipe for the enchiladas- I'll post that later.
Getting together for dinner with Italians is not a one course deal like it is back home. We may have some cheese and crackers out before dinner in MN, but that's about it. In Italy, you need to have antipasti (appetizers- the salsa and guac) typically served with champagne when they arrive, then the main course served with wine (we had corona for the enchiladas and amarone), then you have something sweet with coffee (we had some German Chocolate cake for Josh's birthday- which is today), and then also after dinner drinks such as limoncello, monte negro, grappa, etc. Planning for these meals can take time and the cooking/cleaning can definitely stress me out, but it is so worth it!
Italians really enjoy having a meal with friends. There is always great conversation and lots of laughter and jokes. It's a great time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Josh and I have really embraced this part of the Italian culture. In some ways, I wonder if we are part Italian because we did this in MN too... After dinner we introduced them to Guitar Hero and it was so much fun! Everyone here WANTS to be the singer (it was the opposite with our friends back home). It was so great to hear them singing American songs with their Italian accents. It was so cute! And it was also fun to see Francesco getting crazy while playing the guitar and acting like he was a part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or something. And of course, Animal came out! It was a great time and I wish I would have taken pictures! It was the first time in Italy that we felt like it was a night with our friends back in MN. Hopefully we can have these kinds of get-togethers more often!
|Animal in 2009 (AKA: Josh), Photo by Greg Benz|