2012 S. Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition... and I will, because it's very exciting...but not until tomorrow!
For now, I want to reminisce about my affair with San Pellegrino .. don't tell my Honey. It started when I was 21 and my parents' birthday gift was a trip to Europe for a month. Of course, way back then, my very protective parents couldn't imagine sending me off without some sort of structure... and a chaperon. So I went on an organized tour to London, Paris and several Italian cities and I still remember my first glass of San Pellegrino, served with a thin slice of lemon. I felt incredibly sophisticated and on days when I feel particularly ... well... let's just say ... LESS than sophisticated... some San Pellegrino with a thin slice of lemon over ice does the trick.
During the Great Depression of the '20's, they called carbonated water "two cents plain"... I wonder what they'd call it these days...twenty dollars plain?. but I digress...When I was little, my parents and grandparents had seltzer water. I vaguely remember the special bottle with a weird handle that, when squeezed, carbonated the plain tap water. Today, it's making a come-back with companies like Soda Stream.
But what I remember, when I was little, is that whenever the grownups drank some... they'd burp.... the men, much for forcefully than the women... almost making it a contest to see who could do it longest and loudest... and the burp, was followed by a contented sigh and smile. So, I asked my dad if I could have some "Burp Water" and the title has stuck with my family ever since.
All that to say, that when I did try S Pellegrino, the sparkling natural mineral water, it was much more delicate and ... well the only word I can think of is... "sophisticated".
Lamb, Feta & Eggplant Burger ... please.
Don't forget to check back tomorrow to hear all about the 2012 S Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition.