Una cosa veloce

This entry is in Italian, for no particular reason.

Una prova di poesia:

Una cosa veloce
ma proprio al volo cosi
Ti amo, ti voglio, e piacere come ti chiami?

Non so se e’ il destino o questo vino che mi fa sentire
che sembrano 200 anni che ti cerco…per dire
occhi sorridenti valgono mille parole
mi riscaldano l’anima, due raggi di sole

ma chi sei in fondo di tutto questo colore?
ci conoscemmo gia, sei un vecchio amore
in una vita passata mi avrai preso il cuore
Ora capisco, non sento piu nessun dolore

Un bacio che dura un’infinita’
un momento di paura, poi serenita’
e tutto questo dopo istanti passati
Ma quanto è strana la vita!

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European Soccer: Hatred and history beyond the pitch

 

The European community saw yet another display of Anti-Semitism at the Europa League soccer game between England’s Tottenham and Italy’s Lazio last Thursday during a high tension game in Rome.

Tottenham is known for having a strong Jewish following from Northern England. These fans were attacked without merit at the game, with remarks from Lazio fans including “Juden Tottenham” calling upon difficult memories from the second World War. “Free Palestine” was also among the chants from Lazio fans, touching upon the current and continuing situation between Israel and Palestine.

In unfortunate situations such as this, one can truly see the power that this sport has beyond the pitch, as fans take matters into their own hands…transforming the sport from enjoyable passtime to personal attack. The World Jewish Congress has asked that Lazio be removed from the Europa league for their racist commentary, as the team seemed to support their fans’ opinions.

Regardless of the tolerance and anti-racism campaigns run by UEFA in recent years, it’s disheartening to see that hatred still very much exists in this organization.

Soccer, or football as they say, is much more than a sport in Europe, but a means for fans to identify with a political, economic, national, and racial past. This adds an interesting dynamic to each game, as one roots for the team that truly represents their personal experience. Displays of hatred and violence at games bring unfortunate realities into the limelight.

Where do we go from here? Have you had any personal experience with sports related racism and intolerance? Please share your stories, everyone deserves to be heard.
At least I am a Juventus fan 😉

 

Warning: Disgusting

Balut, a Southeast Asian treat.

Translation: FERTILIZED DUCK EMBRYO BOILED ALIVE AND EATEN!!!!!!!

…but the locals call it an aphrodisiac…and believe me, nothing makes you feel sexier than biting into the crunchy, partially developed skeletal structure of an unborn animal.

Sold as street food in the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam, the locals eat this stuff up with various spices and garnishes. Honestly all the hot sauce in the world couldn’t convince me that this is a good idea.

Taken directly from Wikipedia: “All of the contents of the egg may be consumed, although the white may remain uneaten; depending on the age of the fertilized egg, the white may have an unappetizing cartilaginous toughness. The ideal balut is 17 days old.”

Ugh. Call me culturally insensitive, but this is absolutely disgusting.

American Hiatus

Hey guys, Michelle here. Sorry I have been so absolutely embarrassingly terrible about updating this summer. Truth is I haven’t been doing much interesting eating now that I am back home in sunny California visiting home for the summer. Luckily, I will be back in Italy in a week and a half and ready to recharge my stomach with delicious and healthy food free of preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.

Just updating to let you all know that I am still alive, and that soon soon I will be back in action, back to the Grassroots Gourmet.

Ciao!

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