The Right Time edition

groovers offside

Lisa Stansfield, ‘This is the right time’, 1989

This post revolves around the question of when is the

right time…..

…..is there a right time ?

…..is it the right time when it’s the not the wrong

time ?

STOP ! ! ! ! !

The Italians don’t do philosophy…..

Not for a very long time at least…..

…..essentially they packed up that game after Thomas Aquinas

popped his clogs in 1274

Since then there have been a few pretenders like Umberto Eco,

born 1932 and died 2016, but nothing serious

The answer to the question is simple…..

AND ALL ITALIANS KNOW THE ANSWER

…..every Italian graduates from the University of Life with

honours in their cultural philosophy

The answer is…..

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME ! ! ! ! !

So that’s the difficult part resolved

Next question: IF it’s always the right time…..

…..THEN FOR WHAT

So now…

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The Right Time edition

Lisa Stansfield, ‘This is the right time’, 1989

This post revolves around the question of when is the

right time…..

…..is there a right time ?

…..is it the right time when it’s the not the wrong

time ?

STOP ! ! ! ! !

The Italians don’t do philosophy…..

Not for a very long time at least…..

…..essentially they packed up that game after Thomas Aquinas

popped his clogs in 1274

Since then there have been a few pretenders like Umberto Eco,

born 1932 and died 2016, but nothing serious

The answer to the question is simple…..

AND ALL ITALIANS KNOW THE ANSWER

…..every Italian graduates from the University of Life with

honours in their cultural philosophy

The answer is…..

IT’S ALWAYS THE RIGHT TIME ! ! ! ! !

So that’s the difficult part resolved

Next question: IF it’s always the right time…..

…..THEN FOR WHAT

So now we arrive at the heart of Italian cultural condition

because…..

It’s always the right time for anything that makes you feel

GOOD

EXCITED

PROUD

SEXY

If we consider dress then we are talking about ‘La Bella

Figura’

This well-known expression refers to the Italian yen for

always looking the best you possibly can

Italians don’t do dress-down Friday…..

…..they do dress-up every day of the week

Italians don’t do pyjama days…..Hell NO !

What if someone pays you a surprise visit ?

Italians don’t claim advanced age as an excuse for

abandoning dressing-up…..it goes on long after they have

to get other people to help them dress-up

Let’s consider food…..

Italians work on the assumption that everyone is hungry all

of the time

Now since you should not eat without something to ease it

down with, liquid will always be offered with food

Or often the Italians reverse the thinking…..

…..if you bump into somebody they will usually invite you

for an aperitivo because it’s polite but also…..

…..because everyone has room for something tasty and an

aperitivo comes before food

You are probably getting the idea…..

MEET, EAT, DRINK !

….in whichever order you like

Lastly, and equally importantly let’s consider sex

The human species is (apparently) the only species on the

planet that can procreate at any time and (usually) derive

pleasure from it

Other species are limited to mating when the female comes

into season and even then they just go through the motions

that nature dictates

UNLUCKY THEM

Not so, Homo sapiens, we like (usually) to do it all the

time

On that basis the Italian is simply obeying nature but with

typical Italian flair, originality and doggedness (and lies)

If the Americans are the great ‘can do’ society the Italians

are unquestionably the great ‘any time’ society…..

…..which neatly explains why the the US economy is the biggest

in the world and the Italian economy was last seen sliding

rapidly downwards past the number 8 position…..

…..the Italians, however, are having much more FUN

I know which lot I would prefer to spend a night with

G.

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The Italian Fast Food edition

groovers offside

Fast food is not something you readily associate with the Italians

Well, you would be wrong

The Italians do do fast food…..

…..they just do it differently

Their way: like driving, like loving, like practically everything

So let’s start with the obvious…..

La Pizzetta

Take a pizza, shrink it, serve it in a bakery and…..

Ecco !

Six inches (diameter) that will fit in your mouth in bite-sized

pieces

These are universally popular but especially with kids…..

…..who like to watch their mamas go potty as they dribble tomato

topping down their clothes

Bassangeles ? Check 1

Then there is…..

Il Panzerotto

This little cutie looks like an English Cornish pastie but it’s not

It’s deep fried and filled with the usual suspects:

Mozzarella, prosciutto, salami (normally spicy) etc

It comes from Puglia (south) and with a health warning…..

…..when they fish these little puppies out of the deep frier…

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The Italian Fast Food edition

Fast food is not something you readily associate with the Italians

Well, you would be wrong

The Italians do do fast food…..

…..they just do it differently

Their way: like driving, like loving, like practically everything

So let’s start with the obvious…..

La Pizzetta

Take a pizza, shrink it, serve it in a bakery and…..

Ecco !

Six inches (diameter) that will fit in your mouth in bite-sized

pieces

These are universally popular but especially with kids…..

…..who like to watch their mamas go potty as they dribble tomato

topping down their clothes

Bassangeles ? Check 1

Then there is…..

Il Panzerotto

This little cutie looks like an English Cornish pastie but it’s not

It’s deep fried and filled with the usual suspects:

Mozzarella, prosciutto, salami (normally spicy) etc

It comes from Puglia (south) and with a health warning…..

…..when they fish these little puppies out of the deep frier you

are well-advised not to let them anywhere near the old chevy chase

until they have had a chance to cool down

Bassangeles ? Check 2

Next there is…..

La Piadina

This is essentially a pancake again filled with all the usual Italian

suspects plus a few green items (like rucola) if you are inclined

This comes from the Romagna part of Emilia-Romagna in the upper

half of the country

So in La Dolce Vita you will find establishments that serve ‘piadine’

that are either eaten in (usually standing) or eaten on the hoof

(again standing but with a forwards trajectory)

Ecco La Piadineria !

Bassangeles ? Check 3

Now we have the….. Pranzo di Lavoro

Or simply the ‘work lunch’

Some restaurants offer this and it comprises the following elements

Speed…..some Italians do work and some are even keen to get back

to it

Economical…..it’s a fixed price jobbie: one price, two courses plus

wine, water and coffee (usually)

There is a choice of first (pasta) and second (meat or fish) courses

but it’s not the full monty found on the normal ‘a la carte’

Nonetheless, these meals are incredibly popular especially with folk

whose jobs require something a little more energetic than pushing a

pen around and sighing

There is also that frisson of pleasure that everyone derives from

a proper noshing in a good restaurant whilst getting away with

paying the price of a single course only

Bassangeles ? Check 4

And one for the road…..

Ciccetti !

These are the small bites served in bars and cafes that are usually

eaten standing up (it aids digestion) while drinking

Some establishments set themselves up as purveyors of just these

small snacks…..

Hence La Chicchetteria

But many a regular bar could claim that same moniker

Bassangeles ? Check 5

So there you have it…..

Fast food ‘alla moda Italiana’

G.

PS No health warnings required here, a piadina is not a kebab is not

a panzerotto is not a dodgy curry etc etc

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