This has been a busy week. I’ve finally handed in the manuscript for my next book. Tentatively titled Eating Rome, it’s my take on the delicious city I call home. It won’t be out for quite a while (early next year I think) but the last few weeks have been spent applying final touches and searching for perfect words.
All this to say I haven’t had much time for the blog. But I didn’t want to leave things completely post-less, so thought I’d share this photo with you.
This has got to be my favorite temporary monument in Rome. The leaning tower of artichokes. The restaurant Giggetto, located in the Jewish Ghetto, puts it up each year at this time. They wait until the peak of the artichoke season, when the very first big round artichokes, called cimaroli, bloom their way through the markets of Rome. These are the first artichokes to appear on the plants, and are the biggest and most tender of the all-too-short season.
This year, I think because all of the rain, the season is a bit earlier and the artichokes are certainly bigger. Scary big. Like as big as a child’s head big.
If you’re in Rome during the next week or two, make sure you stop by to see the tower. I can’t decide if it’s too funny or too beautiful. I think it’s both.
And if you’d like to follow my endless fascination with taking photographs of these purple and green globes you can follow me on Instagram (Eminchilli , where I invented my own special hashtag #carciofogram) or follow me on Facebook (you don’t have to be my friend, just hit ‘follow’)