In Italy, Naty Badea learned about food balance.
Naty Badea is a writer and Italian correspondent for Antena 3, but above all she is a special person, who fascinates you from the very first words. As she said in an interview, Naty Badea “burned” every step to get to where she is today. Italy has always been one of my favorite vacation destinations, but between going on vacation and living there is a long way to go.
In an interview with DCNews, Naty Badea explained what life is like in Italy and what the main differences with Romania are. The answers, HERE!
In Italy, Naty Badea learned about food balance: “The Mediterranean diet is known as one of the most balanced and healthiest diets on the planet. Italians are used to eating quality, not a lot. That is why, living here, one comes to appreciate food and even mealtime itself.”
“What I like the most is the breakfast I had in town at the pastry shop: cornetto and cappuccino,” Naty Badea told DCNews.
Breakfast in Italy
In a Facebook post, Naty Badea wrote: “Breakfast in Italy is a special moment long awaited by any ordinary Italian. When an Italian first asked me what Romanians ate for breakfast, I got in trouble and said something with intermittent fasting or something… Then I thought stopped to think and the queues of my mind came to mind. 6 am when I went to work in Pipera. So, after filling in the information and telling him that on the way to work, Romanians eat pretzels. The Italian looked at me and said briefly and bemusedly: Sad breakfast… I must confess that I now understand the meaning of breakfast in Italy. The Italians have their breakfast at the confectionery or at the bar with cornetto and cappuccino. Some stand “al banco”, ie at the counter and finish in 5 minutes, others can choose to sit at the table and enjoy the food. It seems simple, but it’s not… It seems trivial, but it’s quite the opposite. These are the 15 minutes a day that you devote entirely to yourself: the pleasure of your body, the happiness of your taste buds and your spirit of relaxation. These notions were unknown to me until my arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, I came from a life where I sailed at 200 an hour and there I suddenly braked sharply with the foot and hand brakes. But I will talk about all this in another episode on the rhythm of life here totally different from what I have experienced so far in my life.
Rule number 1
Breakfast is served from 7am (when any decent bar/patisserie opens) until 9am. Not for another, but after 9 am there is nothing left to eat at the confectionery. If you are satisfied with the last croissant in gallantry, cold and not at all appetizing, you can show up at 10 o’clock like the nobles who get up late, but the satisfaction will not be in the stars…
Rule number 2
Have breakfast with joy. Don’t look at your cell phone or Facebook. Watch the world, smell the croissant and marvel at the beautiful morning. The Italians are sure to do this and you will understand why they are so relaxed in their minds.
Rule number 3
Worth trying all kinds of cornetto/brioche (they are the same so you can ask for cornetto or brioche). They are simple croissants, with pasticcera cream, chocolate, cereals with jam or pistachio cream. Plus, it’s worth a try. Not at the same table, of course. My favorites are the wholemeal cornetto with honey and the one with pistachio cream, i.e. pistachio cream. Where I live are very close to each other, practically on the other side of the road, two reputable, traditional, but also rival confectioneries. Pettenò and Ceccon, named after their owners. Pettenò is known for the chocolate they make, as they have their own cocoa plantations in Venezuela and a lifetime of chocolate making experience. Ceccon is known for the pasticcera cream that they produce in their own laboratory and for the Mille Feuilles cake that will surely remind you of your childhood. The two confectioneries are like in the movies, fighting every day for their customers and for success. I prefer Ceccon from a human point of view, they are warm and open, and the croissants are big. I go to Pettenò for the chocolate, but the owners are colder, more income oriented and sometimes try to save money on the customer’s back. So from an emotional point of view, I feel closer to Ceccon, but sometimes my taste buds send me to Pettenò chocolate. And the prices are different. In Pettenò at 3 people it costs you around 11 euros, in Ceccon it costs you 9-10 euros, and in other confectioneries it can reach 7-8.
One more thing…it’s a myth that you gain weight if you eat croissants in the morning and pasta for lunch. Of course, you gain weight if you eat too much. But also here in Italy I learned about balance, especially in the area of food. Italians are not eaters, they are gourmands. It turns every meal into an opportunity to sit together and enjoy food. »
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