Imagine travelling from Caracas, Venezuela, South America to Busto Arsizio. You take a flight to Rome, change planes, go to La Malpensa (huge airport near Milan in northen Italy), take a car and drive to cousin' s house... carriying a bunch of bottles -breakable and very heavy- of the best rhum of Venezuela. (That is one of the many presents you are bringing, because your suit case in full of venezuelan chocolates as well).
That afternoon you deciede to make a quick stop at the big supermarket near by. And what do you find in liquor department???...
Favorite Dish: Ron Aniversario Pampero!!! The best rhum of Venezuela!!! The same thing you brought from so far away!!! There it is. No need to bring it all across the Atlantic ocean.
It´s just a plain, normal, regular, grocery store or supermarket.
DO NOT DO WHAT I WAS DOING IN THIS PICTURE: holding the vegetables with your bare hands. You are supposed to wear some very light plastic gloves that you can take for free in the fruit and vegetables department.
Italians were very kind and didnt tell me anything, they saw I got carried away and was having a ball with the beauty of their vegetables, but, after the picture, I saw locals customers with their gloves and I said to myself: "Oh-oh"...
Inmediately I looked for a pair of gloves and received smiles and approvals.
Favorite Dish: The vegetables!!! They are sooooooo beatifull that you dont know if you should buy them in order to cook them and eat them; or buy them for decoration purposes or artistic ones and make an "still alive" kind of painting; or buy one and wear it as a corsage (imagine: a yellow pepper pin on your coat... or even on the side of your hat!). Picture a Xmas tree with vegetables ornaments!!!
Is much more than a pastry store, chocolate and marron glacées shop, and coffee very elegant place to meet with your friends. Is all of that and more.
And something that I love from Campi (and other pastries stores in Italy) is that they have seasonal desserts. For example, if you go in november, you have special pastries for the day of the saints and the day of the dead. (Nov. 1rst and 2nd).
There are two of them, with cookie texture, that are called: Death's Bread and Bone to Bite.
I like those traditions!
Favorite Dish: The people from Campi are artists. They are extremely creative and all the time are surprising you with new and more delicious desserts.
I was very surprised to eat a cholated alchiquinger... (I'm sure that it is not spelled that way). Imagine a little orange fruit like a cherry; they prepare that I dont know how and then dip them in chocolate. When they are cold you can eat it like a little chocolate lollipop, holding it by its dried leaves all "glued" with chocolate.
I brought a box to Venezuela for my friends to try. I had to carry them in my hand bag, because they are sort of fragile.
It was an Oh-Wow gastronomic experience for my friends in Caracas.