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Making first impressions in Australia

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27 hours later, we were there. In Griffith, the small town of mythic proportions. From the window of our third and last plane, Matthew pointed, "I see Angelo". I looked out and saw an Italian man and a small boy. I followed m to the small crowd. He went right for Emilia, I stopped a bit short of the awaiting clan to the known entity. I approached "Angelo" and said "hi! It's nice to meet you!" He smiled, but dismissively looked past me. Thinking twice before going in for the Euro kisses, I awkwardly asked if we were related. He replied "no" and the entire group of real relatives laughed for the next 10 minutes. L gives a great first impression.

We sat at Emilia's lunch counter and ate. The lunch was perfect: a pile of mortadella, ham, prosciutto, homegrown marinated artichokes by D (Diomira), Tony's brother Dom's wife, tomato slices and whole mustard seeds on a slice of white bread. And coffee. 4C33A0EF0A3AFEB1198967C9D346D8B0.jpg

Short walk in neighborhood. Well maintained landscaping. Checked with Emilia, no poisonous snakes here.
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The night started and ended with some Johnny Q Moscato, with some of Dom's homebrew and green haze in the middle.

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The 11 of us - (name game: Emilia, Coreene, Jacqueline, Alessia, Christopher, Christian, us, Ross, Angelo, and Annalisa) sat around the big table for the famous DeMatteis lasagna, followed by veal cutlets, peas and carrots, and salad, followed with grapes and olives and salami - the pig from Dom and his famous fridge - Annalisa's cup cakes, Emilia's ricotta pie. Alessia provided the musical portion, serenading us with two songs.
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And then came the centerba.
Liquore Centerba. Toro.
Angelo says it is made with 100 herbs.
It must be good for you then, right?
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Emilia disappeared for a spell, returning with a small green bottle, packaged up italian-rustic-cute with the wicker basket bottom.
Emilia insisted, "It evaporated. I never opened it."
Coreene asked, "How come one label's here and the other's going this way?"

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Despite Emilia's concern for our safety, Ross poured just enough so the kelly green liquid covered the glass bottom and created a nice green haze. Something about pickled tonsils... it could degrease Angelo's walnut machine. Lauren cautioned, "Don't light a match near me, I am flammable." Ross complimented Matthew for being a whole Toro while he was merely a half toro. We are all meeting in Ripa next summer. Bring a sleeping bag and a bottle.

Posted by LaurendeMatt 16:00 Archived in Australia Tagged griffith

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