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“And the Food Network, quite honestly, was tired of me and couldn’t find a way to use my information.” The decision to focus on Spain was an even bigger departure, but one that made sense both in terms of Batali’s biography—he spent his high-school years falling in love with food in Madrid—and the future trajectory of his persona. He spent part of this summer hanging in Italy with R. M.—Michael Stipe is an annual vacation partner—and then moved on to Bono’s house in the south of France to work up some ideas for the philanthropic Red campaign.
“What’s strategic about the show is that it puts me in another place, so I’m not trapped in Italy, but it doesn’t put me in a place where I’m not comfortable, like ‘Mario Does Poland,’ ” he explains. In a couple of weeks, he’ll head out to California to cook and play a round of golf with Tiger Woods, a regular at Lupa.
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Of course, they ate it in my favorite plaza, Plaza de la Corredera, which has an amazing history dating back to Roman times–some of the mosaics uncovered here in the 1960s are on display at the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos–and is also sort of the center of Córdoba hippie culture.
Here’s a short video of the plaza (with Spanish commentary): It’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon…first a couple of beers with friends, then a long and mellow (but huge) communally-eaten lunch, then more café hopping for café con leche and whatever else comes your way.
I mention Cherrye today because the next two posts I have planned are based on posts from her blog, My Bella Vita!
This one is about My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles by Justin Catanoso.
I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food.
”) The central implicit conceit of the program, in a way, is that the idea of Batali and Gwyneth’s touring the Prado with Ferran Adrià isn’t a trumped-up, made-for-TV fiction: It’s a kind of a vérité window into how he really lives.
Batali knows that the show, for this reason and others, isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
The cornerstones of his empire in the city are, by his reckoning, better than they’ve ever been.
The lifestyle that his fame has afforded him he finds sweeter every day.