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behappy30 Apr 27, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Thanks for your answer to 'Torino with children'. You've been a huge help.

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alza Mar 4, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Ciao Antonello, I enjoyed reading your reply in "Food for thought". Your point about brainwashing is well taken... I give myself headaches refusing indoctrination & the good vs bad dichotomy. I'll take the statistical 5 average anytime, over "we're all good" (or evil), hope springs eternal!
Gotta run, need salt to pinch over all the polemics on radio & tv! ;-) I'm going to an Italian grocer for fresh ricotta & the Originario (Comune) rice.
It's a beautiful day in Montréal, hope it's the same where you are.

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    alza Mar 4, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Nothing like meeting old-time friends! Rare occasions nowadays. :-) At Milano's grocery, no one knew about Originario & they use Arborio for minestrone so I got that. :-) Buenasera!

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    ant1606 Mar 5, 2016 at 1:27 AM

    I may need a warm plate of minestrone as it's snowing in town today. Arborio in it would do :)
    Just a couple of inches that will soon melt away though, sort of nice as it's the first snow we see in Torino this - almost over - winter. Plenty of it in the surrounding mountains though and, thanks to a deep blue sky, the views were quite spectacular these past few days. :)

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Chinggis_n_Borte Feb 23, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Great cover photo!

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    ant1606 Feb 23, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Thank you! Good memories from the Caucasian Challenge Rally as team leader of the VT-Mobile crew :)

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alza Jan 29, 2016 at 7:35 PM

Ciao Antonello! You kindly gave me your brava nonna's Monte Bianco recipe one day & now I think of you as my Consigliere for Italian cooking... :-) Making Minestrone, using Il cucchiaio d'argento as usual. Of ten minestrones, I chose the Milanese & it's coming along fine after two hours slow cooking lardons & vegetables.
Time to add peas & Savoy cabbage, then rice, then herbs & Parmesan to serve. (Already have Parmesan crusts in the broth.)
I'm taken aback with the "rice" element... I started this project yearning for soup with ditalini or such pasta... but now see that the Milanese calls for rice! (as does Savoy & Tuscan minestrones...) Ok with rice this time but is it true minestrone, with rice? (Need to know for next time... it took me forever to chop everything up -- ha!) Sorry to bother you with mundane matters. :-)
Meantime, enjoy the winter & if you're ever in Montréal, count on a (fresh) bowl of minestrone to warm you up. Grazie mille!

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    alza Jan 30, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Thanks Ant! The recipe called for long-grain rice, I thought it took a bit long to cook + it drank much of the liquid (my spoon stands in the bowl) but the minestrone is very good. I'll try Comune next time.
    Now think I prefer rice... Ditalini or other pasta is too slippery.

    The sweet soup is tempting! And it's nice to know that Peccato di Gola non è peccare... lol
    Ciao for now :-)

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    ant1606 Jan 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    :)
    A bientot!

Jacko1234 Aug 21, 2015 at 6:08 AM

Thanks for your answer to 'Bus from Nice to Menton'. Thanks ~ I wasn't sure where the bus started from. Much appreciated

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tropicrd Jun 18, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Hope you had a wonderful Birthday dear friend xxxxx

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hunterV Jun 17, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Happy birthday, Antonello! Best of luck to you!

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goodfish Jun 16, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Buon compleanno, Antonello!

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kahnjetta Jun 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Happy Birthday!

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Beausoleil Jun 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Ant, Have a wonderful birthday and a year of many Happy Travels. Where is the big bike tour this year? Wherever, have a great time.

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    Beausoleil Jun 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Interstate 71 south to the Bellville exit (rt. 13) It's beautiful country.

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    ant1606 Jun 17, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    I will explore that area with time on my side. Thank you.