Love in the time of Quarantine. 隔离时期的真爱

Sunset in the hills of Verona, Italy.

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English – 英文原声 – Isabell

Chinese – 中文原声 – 晴格格

You can feel it in the air. I woke this morning and went into the garden as I usually do. The vibrations seem to have changed, there is more noise on the road… there is a sense of normality coming back, slowly but surely and even the birds seem to know it. In the next couple weeks, Italy will undoubtedly make the transition from being closed at home to returning back to work; back to the routines we once knew so well. I am not sure how I feel about this. It took so long to become accustomed to this reality, in the four walls of my home, and to be thrust back into the grind seems almost surreal. 

The mood in the hills of Verona, Italy / 意大利维罗纳山坡的心情

你可以在空气中感觉到。我今天早上醒来,像往常一样走进了花园。磁场振动似乎已经改变,路上传来了更多的噪音……我们正在缓慢的、而确定的恢复到常态,这甚至连鸟儿都知道了。在接下来的几周里,意大利无疑将从封闭在家过渡到重返工作岗位;回到我们曾经熟知的日常惯例。我不知道我对此有何感想。在我家的四面墙里,我花了很长时间才习惯了这种现实,然后又被将推回原地,这几乎是荒诞的。

Walking in the olive groves in Verona, Italy / 在意大利维罗纳的橄榄树丛的漫步

It is not that I didn’t miss people, but as an introvert I probably felt the sting of lock-down a lot less than many others. I did miss the ability to make choices however. The choice to leave my home whenever I wanted; the choice to take the bus or to sit in the park. Probably the biggest thing I miss (one I never thought would be at the top of my list) is the experience of eating at a good restaurant. 

Introversion explained / 内向定义

这并不是说我不想念其他人,但是作为一个内向的人,我可能比其他人更少地感知到被束缚的痛苦。然而和其他在意大利生活的人一样,这段时间里我的确丧失了做出选择的能力。我确实会想念我可以随时离开家门的自由;选择坐在公共汽车上还是坐在公园里。也许我最怀念的事情(一件我从未想过会在我的清单上排在首位的事情)是到一家好餐馆享受一餐的经历。

A good restaurant / 优质餐馆

I am already planning where I will go, and my meal…and of course…the wine! My favourite Italian eatery is nestled in the hills, in a tiny corner of Verona, it is the only restaurant in the area, 20-minutes from my home. The historical building with its lovely outdoor garden for summer dining will be open – and that is where I will sit, people watching and enjoying the greenery and fresh air. 

The garden area in the restaurant I plan to visit / 我计划去的餐厅都花园用餐区

我已经在计划我要去哪家餐厅,我梦寐以求的美味一餐…当然…还有我要搭配一同享用的葡萄酒。我最喜欢的意大利餐馆坐落在群山之中,在维罗纳的一个小角落里,这是这个地区唯一的餐馆,离我家只有20分钟的路程。这座历史建筑及其宜人的、夏季会开放用餐的室外花园——我将坐在那里,和人们一并观看并享受绿色和新鲜空气。

Zonin Prosecco (@zoninprosecco) / Zonin 普洛赛克

It will be a long drawn out affair just like Italians like to do it and I will slowly work my way through three courses filled with flavours, smells and sounds. To start I will have an aperitivo; a nice Prosecco, like a Zonin, this Prosecco is pale, straw yellow in colour with a persistent perlage and rich mousse, there are fruity notes on the nose, and I expect to notice its dryness, it’s fruity freshness with almond and lemony goodness. This glass will be accompanied by my favourite appetizer; freshly baked, thick cut, Italian crusty bread with a thick layer of fresh ricotta cheese mixed with house-made pesto slathered all over it and topped with a layer of halved cherry tomatoes. This duo is so delicious and simple, and goes down very easily.

Appetizer / 开胃菜

这将是一个漫长的用餐过程,就像意大利人喜欢的那样。我会悠闲地享用三道充满着滋味、香气和声音的菜品。首先,我会饮用一杯开胃酒;这是一款很好的普洛赛克(Prosecco)起泡葡萄酒,Zonin酒庄就是一个不错的选择。这款普洛赛克葡萄酒呈淡黄色,带有持久的和丰富的慕斯起泡,有果香,我期待能体味到它的干爽,带有杏仁和柠檬的风味。这杯酒将配以我最爱的开胃菜:新鲜出炉的厚切意大利硬皮面包,上面有一层厚厚的新鲜意大利里考塔(ricotta)奶酪和自制的香蒜酱,上面还有一层切成两半的樱桃番茄。这是如此简单的美味!普洛赛克是美妙的,因为它削减了涂层酱料的奶油,轻酒精度且清新爽口、极其易饮。

Zonin Prosecco (@zoninprosecco) / Zonin普洛赛克

My first course will be a plate of spaghetti Ragu. I rarely indulge in pasta, since I live in a country that consumes so much of it. In my case, coming to Italy was like locking a hungry preschooler in a sweet shop, then expecting them not to eat themselves into a sugar coma; but I digress. The spaghetti in this restaurant is freshly made, as is the meat sauce, just add a glass of Lambrusco di Sorbara and you are in style. I am thinking a Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena. Lively and fruity, with a pretty rosy colour, similar to a rosé wine. On the nose it is floral, dry, and full of red berry notes. The flavours on the plate will also be enhanced when I add a really good splash of high-quality Italian olive oil and a little parmesan on top.  

Vecchia Modena, Cleto Chiarli e Figli Lambrusco. (@cleto_chiarli) / Cleto Chiarli酒庄Vecchia Modena的蓝布鲁斯科(Lambrusco)

我选择的头盘将是肉酱意面。我很少纵容自己享用过多的意面,因为我生活在美味意面无处不在的国度。就我而言,来到意大利就像把一个饥饿的学龄前儿童锁在糖果店里,然后期望他们不要把自己吃到昏迷,我跑题了。这家餐厅的意大利面是现做的,和它的肉酱一样,只要再配上一杯蓝布鲁斯科索巴拉(Lambrusco di Sorbara),你就很潮了。我在想一个叫Cleto Chiarli酒庄Vecchia Modena的蓝布鲁斯科(Lambrusco)。活泼而果味十足,带有相当好的玫瑰色,类似于玫瑰红葡萄酒。香气而言,它有着馥郁花香、干爽,充满了红色浆果的风味。当我在盘子上撒上高质量的意大利橄榄油和一点帕马森乳酪(parmesan)时,这盘菜的味道也会更美味。

Homemade Speghetti in Ragu / 餐厅自制的肉酱意面

Desert will be a classic tiramisu, home-made of course, this simple yet delicious pick-me-up is creamy and sweet with a coffee flavoured bite. I will also order a nice glass of sweet wine like a Recioto di Gambellara DOCG; it is deep golden yellow with intense scents of dried flowers, tropical fruit, raisins and honey; sweet, soft and structured; this will complement my dessert and really give me that final kick before realising just what over indulgence feels like. 

Tiramisu @iveta_life_blog / 提拉米苏

甜点我会选一个经典的提拉米苏,当然是餐厅自制的。这种简单而美味的提神甜品是奶油状的、甜的,略带有咖啡味道。我还会点一杯上好的甜酒, 比如Recioto di Gambellara DOCG;它呈深金黄色,带有浓郁的干花、热带水果、葡萄干和蜂蜜的香气;甜美、柔软、有结构感;这将和我的甜点相得益彰,在我得到过度放纵的感觉之前,给我最后一击。

Monopolio Recioto di Gambellara Classico, 2015 dessert wine: (cantina gambellara.com) / Monopolio Recioto di Gambellara Classico,2015年份甜葡萄酒

And so I wait for lock-down to end, anticipating the satisfaction…it will be well deserved, guilt-free and oh so good.  I am not sure I am ready for life after quarantine, but I am really ready for this. 

Reciotto sweet wine is made through the appassimento (drying of the grapes to concentrate the sugars) / Reciotto甜葡萄酒是通过appassimento(干燥葡萄以浓缩糖分)方法酿造的

所以我在等待封城结束,期待着口腹之欲的满足感……这是理所应当的,没有负罪感,哦,这太好了。我不确定我是否为隔离后的生活做好了准备,然而,我是真的准备好了要去这家餐厅。

Good Italian Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar / 优质的意大利橄榄油和巴萨米克醋


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