But in Italy during winter, chestnuts are being roasted on street corners everywhere. This weekend I had my first taste of one, and then 2, 3, and 4. They were delicious! A bit nutty and a delightful texture, it was like a juicy peach tastes on a hot
summer day. Just right.
Could it be that Mel Tormé's 1944 hit, "The Christmas Song" was inspired by time he spent in Italy? Let's see:
- Chestnuts roasting on an open fire (check)
- Folks dressed up like Eskimos (check)
- Jack Frost nipping at my nose (check...he's not exactly nipping, more like chopping down on my bitterly cold nose as I ride my bike to work at 6:30am)
- A turkey and some mistletoe. Hmm. Turkey (check...see Thanksgiving) but I've yet to land underneath anyone's mistletoe.
- Yuletide carols being sung by a choir. (check... if you count my 13-year-old students singing High School Musical 2)
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