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October 12, 2007

Tuscan Getaway

We enjoyed a 3-day getaway to Lucca to visit the relatives and to enjoy some delicious Italian cooking in early fall. Isa and Claudio picked us up late Thursday and took us to have our first in a long line of cappuccini at 1am Friday morning. We spent our Friday morning fast walking the walls before heading to the world’s greatest cappuccino at Di Simo on via Filalungo. That evening, we made focaccia, roasted fennel and cannellini bean hummus to enjoy with fresh mozzarella from Salerno for Isa, Claudio, Robin and Gretel. The hummus was a big hit with Claudio – despite the fact that he hates cannellini beans! On Saturday, we joined the entire family for a wonderful lunch at Osteria Baralla. Tyler had gnocchi with tomato and marscapone, and I enjoyed some delicious ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta. We also attended Robin's soccer game before another trip into Lucca for a late evening walk. When we got back to Isa’s house, we had a bowl of homemade Minestra, but we were too full from lunch to eat anything else. We met Kate and friend Gretchen in downtown on Sunday and went to Da Leo. Isa and the kids were going to join, but they were too busy with compiti. Instead, they met us for a gelato at Pinguino.

We also made some lemon and blueberry scones, but we couldn't find baking powder which made them a little different then normal...