Italians are typically known for being extremely social. Before we had children we were out on most nights: gallery openings, cocktails, restaurants as well as quaint dinners in the Milanese homes of our friends. Thinking back I don’t know how we woke up in the mornings. Now with 6.45 alarm set Monday through Friday, we rarely go out and when we do it is usually with close friends for a bite to eat. Needless to say, it has been quite awhile since I have hosted a dinner at home. (like 6 years or so) So when my husband and I decided to organize a dinner at our place I was a bit worried.
I made a list of things I needed to do and get. I decided what to make for dinner. I checked my linen tablecloths. (I know this may sound odd but trust me, Italians take their linen very seriously.) I have planned everything – the only thing missing is flowers, so I hop in my car and drive to the giant flower market called the Ortomercato. (Ortomercato is a bit like an indoor farmer’s market, you can buy fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, and flowers.)
Once there I’m overwhelmed by the choice of beautiful flowers there are to choose from. First I decide to walk around the entire market doing some price comparison. (not really) I buy roses, white lilies, fuchsia colored tulips, all for the price of what 1 bouquet at my local florist would cost. After 2 hours and 2 trips to my car I am fully satisfied, I drive back to my apartment. It’s only after I park my car that I realize that I may have gotten a bit carried away. It takes me another 2 trips down 3 blocks back and forth back and forth to get them all upstairs. I get to work immediately trimming, cutting and organizing my flowers in the various vases I have. It takes me forever. I’m almost late to pick up my kids from school.
As we, (kiddo’s and I) walk into our apartment my daughter says ‘OOOOOHHH mommy, look at all these flowers! They are sooo beautiful!’ and her little face lights up..I sit down exhausted from my little trip to flower wonderland and think to myself now if only someone could pick up dinner..
Info: Ortomercato fiori (flower market) open to the public Tuesday Thursday 10-12 and Saturday 9-30-12 http://www.mercatimilano.com/