Ketchup

My sister reports that in Italy people are shocked if you put ketchup on a hamburger.

Here in Rio people often put ketchup on their pizzas. Take THAT, Italy!!

We recently discovered Italian ketchup in Brazil, a brand called Mutti. It’s so delicious our meals now revolve around what one can put ketchup on. My take: it’s good for burgers and fries. My husband’s take: works with eggs, rice and beans, hot dogs, burgers and fries.

Why is there an Italian ketchup if they don’t put it on any of the above items? They must put it on something!

Fungus

I don’t like truffles. Norcia, Italy reeks of them. It was an awesome town to visit. I think I recall they even sold honey with truffle in it, which is either an offense against the honey or the truffle, but seems to have enough popularity to warrant keeping in the shops. In any case, go one day if you can, and enjoy the thick odor of truffles, wild boar sausage and aged cheeses while walking in a medieval village. Here are some examples: https://cosedelposto.com/collections/specialita-al-tartufo

For that matter, I don’t like seaweed in my egg, which I encountered in Wales. If you do like that sort of thing here are some great recipe ideas: https://beachfood.co.uk/recipes.php

Things I didn’t used to like but now do like: olives, brie-family cheeses.

Things I didn’t used to like and still don’t really like very much, but can eat if necessary: okra, sushi, seafood in general.

Italy, Villanova, Etruscan, 7th-6th Century BC - Vessel in the Shape of a Wild Boar - 1977.42 - Cleveland Museum of Art