This Sunday we find Yle at the chocolate festival in Lecce! Almost everyone loves chocolate and now you can experience the trill through Yle’s description.
You can almost smell and taste the wonderful treasures she finds at the festival….
This will be a very special Sunday! Since my awaking I knew that tons of chocolate were right calling me in the main “Piazza” (Square) of Lecce, my beautiful baroque city. An event totally devoted to chocolate in any possible shape and made by artisans from all around Italy. I was excited like a little girl..chocolate is a very important part of my daily food program..every night after dinner – Love it! – I have a little “quadratino” of dark chocolate so as you can imagine this event in my town meant a lot of joy and caloric photos to me
“would you like to taste?”
Probably my enthusiasm was contagious on that shape because several people stopped and even without tasting it they just bought!
Next to me there were some Chinese tourists that I supposed were going to take hundreds of pictures, but I can honestly promise, they were more interested in tasting than anything else (so did I).
There was also the Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in chocolate version. Very cute..and many more chocolate hearths that I personally bought to offer to friends.
Much to my pleasure I found an artisan from Sicily selling cannoli, cassatine and arancini and it was here that I spent quite a lot of time. I love Sicilian accent which is actually very similar to our Salento accent (we stress a lot on vowels and are very passionate when we talk) and I really wanted to know more about cannoli. I was told that the only true unique cannoli are from Sicily – and I agreed of course – and that the ricotta cream inside should be only sheep ricotta and not any other kind. I did not know that and found it very interesting.
Of course while talking I was distracted by all these incredible cannoli, cassatine and arancini all tempting me and could only think of buying them. I was also told that arancini (round ball of rice filled with peas and meat) can also be vegetarian – which made me very happy – filled with spinach and mozzarella. I phoned my mom in a break and told her I was in front of cannoli and more delicious things and she immediately asked me to shop and bring them home! I bought a good number of them for my mum and auntie (because I know she adores them), then a couple of cassatine, and three arancini in all (one of them vegetarian of course).
Just time to turn my back and another choco artisan was looking in my direction with a big smile on his face that could only be an invitation..how many stops already? Three lovely ladies were selecting their chocolates with some shoppers with their hands full of bread and mandarins. The artisan told me: “you want to taste dark or milk chocolate signorina…and please have a look at our cremini, delicious”.
It was just a little slice of heaven. The choco scenery around me was unbelievable. It was simply beautiful. While continuing shopping for chocolate I met two lovely friends who had had the same idea and we shared suggestions on what to taste and buy – awesome Sunday choco talk – they were more focused on milk chocolate with nuts and praline