It began out as background noise and it ended with me silently crying into my wine glass. It is unhappy, however I am not even being dramatic: that is actually how my Thursday evening binge-watching session went. A cooking present is my go-to once I simply need one thing enjoying within the background whereas I putz round doing different issues, so the brand new Bobby and Giada in Italy present was a simple choose. However what I used to be not anticipating was to be so emotionally triggered by the feel-good, four-episode particular. Hear me out . . .
It gave me a critical case of wanderlust
The entire premise of the present is to comply with Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis as they tour the culinary scene in Rome and Tuscany. Giada is a Roman native, so she brings the native know-how, whereas Bobby brings the cultural appreciation. The visuals from every episode made me equal components joyful and melancholy for my very own Italian journey.
It made me very nostalgic
Bear in mind journey? Bear in mind strolling round maskless? Bear in mind sharing a plate of meals at a restaurant? Yeah, this present has all that and extra. I imply, I believe Giada actually ate off Bobby’s fork at one level.
It made me miss my household, like quite a bit, quite a bit
I’m first-generation Italian, and I spent many summers in Italy with my grandmother. Sadly, she handed away two years in the past and I used to be supposed to return to her Italian house one final time final Could earlier than COVID-19 shifted these plans. Listening to Giada order in Italian unlocked reminiscences of my Nonna leaning over her balcony to order recent produce from the farmer’s truck parked in the course of the piazza. The view from their Tuscan villa jogged my memory of my very own wedding ceremony that occurred in an analogous vista virtually 5 years in the past. And seeing all of the recent substances and meals created was only a merciless reminder that I have been residing off of my son’s leftover dino nuggets for nearly a 12 months.
Sooner or later throughout my binge-session, my husband got here to hitch me on the sofa with a bottle of wine, cheese, and pepperoni. It wasn’t fairly the antipasto course Bobby and Giada have been having fun with, but it surely was as shut as I’m going to get to Italy this 12 months, so cheers to that and this is hoping for a season two!
Picture Supply: Discovery+