30th May - Lake Garda and New Foods

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, Veneto,
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So Day 2 in the Verona region and I jumped on a quick 20 minute train ride from Verona to the nearby Peschiera del Garda on Lake Garda. I hopped off the train and followed the crowd down the street towards the marina and when I saw it I knew it was going to be a good day. Beautiful blue, clear waters with million dollars boats to match. I could easily have set up camp by the waters and never left. I made my way round the front of the camping area to a little beach bar/cafe for some lunch and a cold drink on a hot day. After lunch and enjoying the views I headed off on a walk round the lake, through the marina and about halfway to Sirmione before it was time to head back to the train station and back to Verona. Lake Garda was definitely worth the trip out there as hopefully the photos (when I get them up) will show.

Now as I mentioned in my earlier post, there were 3 foods my host said I had to try while I was in the Verona area - Bigoli, Cotoletta and Asino.

Cotoletta is basically a really thin pork schnitzel which I had for lunch out at Lake Garda and of course as with any schnitzel it was delicious

Bigoli is a fresh pasta (not dry then cooked in water) and its basically a really think spaghetti but softer. Somewhere between a noodle and spaghetti I guess. I had it with duck as my first course at dinner on my second night. Delicious but filling.

Asino. This one was the real challenge. Asino is...donkey. Now apparently donkey meat is usually tough but they slow cook it in red wine, tomatoes, etc and it comes out tender. I ordered this as my second course at dinner and it was served with polenta. As I'm not a polenta fan I got roast potatoes too. My verdict on Asino, it wasn't bad but I wouldn't climb over beef or lamb to get to it. So for all those Winnie the Pooh fans out there I did eat Piglet and Eeyore in the same day and for this I am sorry.

So Cotoletta is awesome, the other two it's nice to say I tried them while I was here. Also another good tip my host gave me and one I followed on the second evening is to eat at Osteria's. They are little restaurants, often family owned, that serve fantastic food and are usually cheaper than the main tourist restaurants.

After the aforementioned big meal I again went for a stroll round the very safe and lovely Verona after dinner (no gelato this time) and hit the pillow around midnight with a day trip to the nearby city of Mantova planned for the following day.

Politicians and nappies have one main thing in common. They should be changed regularly... And for the same reason.

Lukey B
A Baker Abroad
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