If you are a Food Network junkie like us (The Gent and me) then you probably know the show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Well, this is what tonight’s blog post is about.
In 2008, my husband and I took a Mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon. We landed in Rome, Italy (which just happens to be my other dream city, besides NYC) and just landing in Rome could be another blog post all by itself because 1.) I am terrified of flying, and 2.) it has always been my dream to go to Rome, Italy. But I digress.
We landed in Rome and took our cruise ship to four Greek Isles; Istanbul and Ephesus, Turkey; Naples, Italy; and Sorrento, Italy.
I would like to share with you about the Best Thing I Ever Ate. Actually I had two meals that were the best thing I ever ate; one in Athens, Greece and the other in Sorrento, Italy.
This blog post is about the meal in Sorrento, Italy. One of our excursions from the cruise ship was to a little country side Italian farm in Sorrento. Now this was not like any farms you might see around Alabama. No, this farm was compact and on the side of a mountain. They had lemon trees, olive trees, goats, a couple of cows, chickens; which meant this farm did a little of everything. They made their own wine and lemon liquor. At one time I believe they even made olive oil too because they had an old press on the tour of the farm. However, they do make their own fresh mozzarella cheese. I have proof.
This is Maria (pictured left) making the cheese. She didn’t speak a lick of English so we had Suzanne (pictured right) as the interruptor.
At this point of the mozzarella cheese making demonstration, Maria has already separated the curd from the whey and is getting ready to knead the curd and begin the stretching process.
I loved the fact that the kitchen was set up on an outdoor patio. It was a lovely scenery and I did not want to leave this place. While Maria wasn’t able to communicate with us due to the language barrier, she certainly understood why we were all gathered around watching. Suzanne did a fine job of interpreting and explaining the process.
There was one word that Maria understood and voiced at the end of the demonstration. When we all held up our cameras to snap photos of the finished product, Marie held up the mozzarella, smiled at us and said, “Cheese!” We all roared with giddy delight and applauded with appreciation.
Out of all of the excursions from the cruise ship, I would have to say this is one of my most favorites.
This was the finished product and our lunch that day at the farm. Absolutely the best thing I ever ate and I think about it often.
The photo below was our lunch table and I loved the fact that I ate the best meal of my life with strangers. Gives a whole new meaning to breaking bread.
I really wish I could remember the name of the farm and find it on the Internet. But I’ve looked and looked and cannot find it on Google.
What about you? What was the best thing you ever ate?