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A week or two ago, I set up a meeting with my friend Helen who lives in Rome and who’s very pregnant. Her due date is my birthday! We’ll see how that works out. We decided to meet halfway, in Florence, to do something new and also so we could spend the day together. Also, it’s really nice to be in a city we both know already without either of us having to act the host or tour guide.
We did the usual indulging expat things – hit up a few international food stores, where I guiltily purchased a small bag of Hot Tamales. I can’t seem to get enough of cinnamon and hot pepper lately!
We also made quite a long stopover at Paperback Exchange – an English book store in Florence that sells used English books and will actually buy them from you as well! I stuffed a few extra books in my bag at home with the intention of lending them to Helen or selling them. We spent quite a lot of time in there, and it was true – when you have too much selection, you end up getting overwhelmed. I managed to escape with two new books – The Long Tail and The Tipping Point. I didn’t mind paying 13+ euro for each being as they are business-related books and hopefully I’ll “learn something” and they’ll become reference books.
Later in the afternoon, we met up with fellow expat Melinda from Living in Florence, who I had met several months ago at the Expat Get Together in Greve. I had studied some of her favorite links about Florence so I could be ready to discover something new when I got there.
After my friend and I had had a nice lunch (for another post) and exhausted ourselves looking at books, we really needed an ice cream. You know, in that my-body-is-lacking-calcium-and-chocolate kind of way. Melinda suggested we go to Grom, one of her afore-mentioned favorites and one I’d already earmarked to see. (It’s also close to Paperback Exchange!)
Grom has a slogan – “Il Gelato Come Una Volta” which I would artistically translate to “Ice Cream as it Used to Be.” There are a lot of things I liked about Grom, and I was sad to really only have one opportunity to taste it. Next time, I’ll be sure to go on an empty stomach and fortified with some “researcher’s justification” so I can then eat my way through all of their flavors. Luckily, I noted that there are two Milan locations as well as others around Italy, so I’ll be checking those out in the near future. Any takers for a meet-up, or Tour di Gelato?
Back to this place. One thing I really liked was that we saw everything….You could see clear into their back area where the ice cream machines were. Helen and I passed by while the chocolate ice cream was coming out in big, creamy waves and we stopped to stare. And drool. They want you to see they have nothing to hide and they are making it all there.
I took a picture of the flavor list, but now it looks like I didn’t have to bother! They post their monthly flavor list on the internet and it looks like it’s standard among all their stores. This is a relief! Whew. Now I don’t have to go all over Italy making sure I’m not missing out on a special flavor in one of their stores.
This picture got a little too close since I was trying to keep it from dripping on me while I was taking the picture, but I want you to really notice the colors of the two flavors. The closest one to you is Pistacchio, one of my favorites since I moved to Italy. Notice that it’s not green! This is a very good sign and means that it is very natural.
The other flavor is Cioccolato Fondente, Dark Chocolate. I’m a bit of a late-comer to dark chocolate but I am really starting to become a huge fan. The flavor was very strong and it complimented the pistacchio. Though I might also pair it with Nocciola, hazelnut, next time.
So, I’m looking for sign-ups for a Milan Grom Outing!