July 10, 2012

A Guest Blog From Aaron Stewart: A Cooking Lesson on the Amalfi Coast

Aaron Stewart, MSLO VP of Product Design, traveled to the Amalfi coast of Italy and offered his photos to share on my blog.  Enjoy and try not to get too hungry!

I have always wanted to take a cooking class while on vacation in Italy.  Finally, this past May, I was on the Amalfi coast with my partner, Fernando, and I spent the most amazing day at Mamma Agata's Hidden Treasure Cooking School.  It was everything I had imagined - an unbelievable setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  It was truly one of the most amazing settings I have had the pleasure of seeing in person.  Mamma Agata’s daughter, Chiara, is a charismatic teacher and marketing genius of the school.  Chiara moderated as Mamma Agata demonstrated to our class of 10.  And of course the food was fantastico!  At the end of the day, it was much harder walking up what felt like a thousand steps back to the center of Ravello, which was founded in the 5th century and where the class was held.  As I stopped to catch my breath, several elderly Italian women passed me at a steady pace walking up those stairs.  Could it have been the three full courses and the wine that accompanied them that slowed me down, or was it something they were born with that gives them such stamina at 75-plus years of age?

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