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A Fun Family Italian Night

semi-overcast 5 °C

J's family is so sweet, and each and every one of them has been nothing but welcoming both times I've been here. J's sister, T, lives nearby with her husband R and their FIVE kids(!)--without a doubt, the nicest kids I've ever met. Unfortunately, their daughter, K, is away at university, so she was the only absentee. Their home is lovely and includes a great upper loft master suite that I now covet!

Last Friday, T generously organized a family dinner, at which I was (apparently) the guest of honour!

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She really outdid herself and greeted us with our own personalized place cards and menus!

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Everything was superb. Upon arriving, we were tempted with a little bubbly.

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For dinner, we started with some fresh soup and handmade mozzarella in phillo. Our main course was a fantastic baked penne arrabiatta with grilled chicken. T is so sweet: based only on a fleeting comment I'd once made about loving my penne with chorizo sausage, she made me an extra special one with just that! It was scrumptious, and I almost licked the plate! Dessert was not only a delicious baked Italian panettone and melted chocolate butter cake, but also a tiamisu! All throughout, much red wine was consumed, but hey, I wasn't counting!

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After I rolled away from the table, we had a lot of fun on the Wii, especially with the WiiFit, where J's mom, N, gave it a whirl. After a few glasses of wine, it wasn't hard to talk me into making a fool of myself too!

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After a few rousing rounds of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (what IS Edward VIII's real name, anyway?), we were off back home, where I remained full for the next two days. *Urp*

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Oh? The real star of the evening? Their dog, Tiny. Without a doubt, the cutest and friendliest Jack Russell Terrier EVER.

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Posted by janicem 09:43 Archived in England Tagged food

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