FAO visit and first cooking class with Diane!!!

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End Jun 30, 2006


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Thursday, June 1, 2006

So we actually had Nutrition class today and had to dress business casual for the occasion. Claud dog took us to her old stomping ground at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) headquarters in Rome. It was actually really neat to see and hear where a lot of the major decisions concerning food and world hunger are made. The Avian Flu Conference was actually taking place today and over 1200 experts were in the building discussing the virus. We had 4 people come and talk to us about different topics about what FAO does, the Avian Flu, and HIV/AIDs pandemic. Some of the speakers were very boring and some were very interesting, but after 6 hours of speakers we were all dead and ready to leave. I'm not going to lie, I was doing the head bob every once in awhile. One of the highlights of the FAO visit (for at least Ashley and Shannon) was definitely the nifty Cafe makers. After our FAO visit, Claud dog and her sister took us on a mini walking tour to Piazza Venezia to our first cooking class with the famous Diane Seed. I had no clue who this lady was, but she was super cute and we had a great time with her. There were about 12 girls from the Nutrition program in her kitchen that overlooks Piazza Venezia, Victorio Emmanuel monument, and Via Fiori Imperali (Colosseum). She is a cute old English woman who fell in love with an Italian man, moved to Italy, and fell in love with cooking and the food. She is an excellent cook and has sold over 9 million copies of her cook books in 15 different languages. We cooked 3 excellent dishes with her and also ate dinner there. We cooked a lemon, raugala, tuna, chili dish, a Bolognese, and fettuccini alfredo dish. All were excellent .We left full and exhausted after a long day of FAO lectures and cooking.
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