20041110

hey... man... at least i'm housebroken.

i'm having an interesting aural experience at the moment: i'm sitting at the computer in the rome study center's library typing on the computer, rocking out to 'you don't even know her' by i am the world trade center while the italian class is jammin' out to italian opera at top volume in the classroom [the classroom and library are separated by glass doors...] - needless to say, it is most interesting to hear i am the world trade center's wonderfully electronic beats laced with blaring italian opera... wow. it's pretty strange, yet absurdly entertaining...

yesterday evening, my cohorts and i had a hankerin' [yes, i actually used the word 'hankerin' – hick-ish as it is, it's really a great descriptor for a serious craving... anyway] for some mexican food [tex-mex, to be more accurate]. after 'talking' [i.m.-ing] with chris, we decided to look up the very popular tex-mex establishment 'olephant,' which - according to every single restaurant guide i could find for rome - lies right outside of piazza navona. my cohorts and i trudge through the cold rainy-ness that was rome last night to go to eat some tacos and drink some cold [beers in rome are rarely served cold] american beer. what do we find instead of 'olephant'? some retarded bar called 'cafĂ© friends' that serves nothing but hors d'oeuvres . blah. i had a shawerma instead, but i am becoming increasingly more desperate for mexican food as the time passes... all i have to say is, 'acambaro, look out!!' the minute i get back to fayetteville, i'm kidnapping chris from whatever he's doing and forcing him to go to eat some greasy, nasty but oh-so-delicious mexican food with me... [chris, i'm giving you ample warning...]

to cap-off the evening, i was privileged to enjoy a viewing of 'the big lebowski'... oh, how i adore that movie... the only downside to the viewing was that we didn't have time to run to the liquor store prior to their absurdly early closing, so white russians [aka 'caucasians'] had to be substituted for coffee with bailey's [which is also an extremely enjoyable beverage...]... so i wasn't quite as 'dudical' as i would have like to be last night... i still had an incredibly lovely and joyous time watching lebowski... twas a marvelous ending to an average day...

this morning was positively spectacular - it was raining and cold and i didn't have to get up at the ass-crack of dawn to go to class. i just felt like staying in bed for a while under my warm warm blanket in my comfortable position, reading 'on the road' and intermittently taking naps... sigh... it's going to be a great day... yes, yes, t'will be a wonderful day!

... on top of all of the pleasantries of this fair afternoon, i get to pick my mother up at the airport at 10:30 tonight... we're going to have a blast... my mom is so much fun... and i get the pleasure of playing 'tour guide'/'fun-stuff-organizer' until she leaves on monday... rock out!!!

ciao kiddies... that's all for now...

4 comments:

Murrye said...

we went to that olephant restaurant, at least i think it was called that wheen we went. seems like it changed names during the time we were there and we tried to go back and found the 'cafe friends' in its place. there is a mexican restaurant we went to somewhere on the vatican side of the river, north of st. peter's. i know that vague location doesn't help much, but it was a pretty 'tex mex' kinda place.

in our apartment there was a tape of 'the big lebowski' and it was so awesome b/c it was dubbed over in italian! 'the dude' was something like 'il drugo'
we used to go to a coffee shop called 'the big lebowski' that was across and slightly down the street from studio. they served pretty good white russians. you guys have probably already found that though.

i have a great restaurant recommendation if it's still there. it's called 'tony's ristorante al moro'. to get there, go across ponte sisto and into piazza trilussa. head left and you will see sev streets splitting off and i think it's on via cinque, not very far down (a block or two). the guys that worked there were awesome, they used to give us free wine and all kinds of stuff. The calamari is especially good there.

trinity said...

olephant was great! i can't tell you how many times we went there. really sad to hear it closed.

the only time we went to the big lebowski bar, they were out of kahlua. we didn't go back.

Chris said...

i think it was called cafe lebowski when i was there, and they never had kahlua. or maybe i just can't say kahlua italian enough.

that really stinks that you don't get to experience olephant. it was a wonderful break from pizza and noodles, although their "salsa" tasted very similar to marinara with lemon and celantro. that restaurant was the birthplace of the famous "eh, no. sorry, eet ees afeenished" story.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about Olephant. It was my favorite. The other tex-mex restaurant is kinda cool. Very festive with salsa music and dancing on top of the spicy food. If you go to Piazza Cavour (east of the castle/pope walk), and are coming from studio, the piazza makes a large open square, and I believe that the restaurant will be on your left as the street opens up. Beware the queso...it is really just warmed over mozzarella, meaning that after the first few chips, you will only be picking at a cheese rock. I hope its still there. Enjoy.

Po