I have now been in America for a little over a week and I gotta tell you…it feels pretty darn good. I enjoy my times living abroad but I have a heart that’s American to the core. The best part of this move is that it’s back to sunny Southern California where I was before going to Italy. It feels like home here and I am enjoying settling back into this part of the country – not to mention orderly driving, parking spaces, people in straight lines patiently waiting their turn, closets, etc. Although, I have not been back for very long, there are definitely some things I love about America:
1. I love that there is a brain-crushing amount of choices in everything – especially food and wine.
2. I love that the food portions seem like they are prepared for giants. It is not that great for the waistline, but it just cracks me up.
3. I love that I can buy fabulous, homemade sushi at the grocery store.
4. I love American pizza – it’s different from Italian pizza and indeed delicious in it’s own right.
5. I (am trying to) love that much of the everyday American wine is blended, fruit forward and easy to drink. It’s a harder transition than I thought since many Italian wines are not blended or barely blended and have what I call a more “raw” taste.
6. I love that there are always healthy eating options (and can splurge on my own time frame).
7. I love that there are wine clubs that let you pick up or deliver bottles of wine to your house every month. It’s a great way to explore wines you would not normally think about. And yes, I’ve already signed up for one through my local wine shop.
8. I love that it is actually an option to order whole wheat crusted pizza and brown rice at restaurants.
9. I love that there are quite a few nice wines for $10 and under. I was pleasantly surprised as I envisioned a life of sticker shock in my wine drinking future.
10. I love that I can eat burgers again. I missed them so much! My town has a restaurant that serves grass fed burgers and they are incredibly tasty.
11. I love that I pay in US Dollars instead of Euro for my food and wine.
12. I love the juices. There are a veritable plethora of combinations and tastes.
13. I love that there are such diverse ethnic food choices and places to eat.
14. I love that “organic” has become more of the norm.
15. I love how good I am eating. I am staying at a hotel temporarily and “forced” to go out to eat for many meals – it is the highlight of my day.
16. Finally and I’ve said it a million times, I love that America has not disappointed in maintaining it’s place as “The Land Of Plenty.”
Cheers and Dig In!