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Gia-Gina Across the Pond

So I've decided to follow my husband to his native Italy. Follow our adventures as we eat, drink, travel, adapt to and explore this remarkable country. Part food blog, part photo blog but mostly my rants and raves. After our two years in Italy, we relocated across the Atlantic "pond" and are back in the States.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Food Sins-Installment #1

I think everyone has their own idea about what foods are absolutely sinful. I am talking about foods high in fat, trans-fat, artificial colors, artificial flavors, cholesterol, calories, alcohol, you name it. I am talking about foods that leave you weak at the knees and at its mercy.

Whether you’re thick or thin, a man or a woman, tall or short, a “foodie” or a junk “foodie”, we all know that some foods impact us negatively. They give is that “sugar high” that leaves us desperate and crashing after a few hours, or a hangover that takes aspirin, Tylenol and Advil to quite down, we take Lipitor so we can still eat them, and worst of all they add notches to our belt buckles. Still we continue to seek them out; maybe they taste great, smell great, and feel great on the tongue or going down the throat. They might evoke memories and satisfy us in a way that nothing else can. We might even feel guilty afterwards, thoughts of joining a 12-Step program cross our minds when we are anywhere near these foods; but in the end we succumb.

Here is my food sin #1:

These sausages are made undoubtedly with pork, nice fatty pork. They are short about 2 inches long and stuff to the point of bursting with a great mix of pork, seasonings and spices. I have shopped at many butcher shops and grocery stores (about 20) and have found these to be the best sausages in Torino, in my humble opinion. I like them because they have a nice balance of sweet, salty, heat and spice. Even the super-picky Mister of the house agrees with me. They are fantastic! I try to buy them only once a month but once in a while I cheat and get them twice a month!

-Other food sins include/have included:
Twinkies-the double or six pack
Almond Roca-the entire can in a day
Tim's Cascades Chips-one bag at a time
Creme Brulee-mine and yours

Care to share your food sins? Stop by for more installments.

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At 9:00 PM, Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said...

Yum-O! The pasta looks delicious, wouldn't be complete without the sausage of course!

I would have to say that my food sins are: chocolate chips, they go in nearly everything I bake.

And bread, bread is one of my food sins. I could live on bread, chocolate & liquids alone.

At 2:44 AM, Blogger Judith in Umbria said...

Oh Gia! That doesn't look sinful at all! I find my local sausages much less fatty than in the US. It muyst be different in Torino.
For sin, how about those loaded versions of pizza, pasta, lasagna so common in the US.
Or how about this: meringue shell filled with homemade vanilla ice cream and topped with hot rhubarb sauce and then whipped cream?
Hot fudge sauce? Big ole prime steak jammed with marbling? Fried chicken with gravy and a side of fries? Poutine? Golly, I could go on and on with things more sinful than your chaste pasta with sausages!
(shrimp toast...fried calms...fried oysters or a poorboy made of fried oysters with tartar sauce!)


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