Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it a soft texture. It’s served fresh at room temperature. It’s a typical product of the Murgie in Puglia in Southern Italy, made from buffalo’s and/or cow’s milk, rennet, and cream. It was first made around 1920 or possibly 1900 on the Bianchini farm in Andria and became more widely available in the 1950’s when cheese factories began producing it. When it is sliced open, ritagli-thickened panna (cream) flows out. The cheese has a rich, buttery flavor. It’s best eaten within 24 hours, and is considered past its prime after 48 hours. Served with salad, prosciutto crudo, crusty bread, fresh tomatoes with olive oil and black pepper, or pasta.
Tomorrow is Totore’s birthday, and there a few people I love more than this man. Seven months my junior, born a world away, he is anyway my brother.
I have inhabited a world of late where those I am closest to, those I most want to support, have gone out of their way to make me feel unworthy, a lesser man for not being as perfect, for not being one of the beautiful people. The industry we work in is hard - it is vain, narcissistic, cliquey, quick to pass judgement, yet throughout it all, I have known few as loyal as Toto, nobody quicker to give me words of encouragement, a stick to beat those black dogs away.
So on his birthday, I wish I was in Napoli to treat this man to dinner, to remind him that more than talent, more than chance, his dedication to his work has made him someone exceptional. If nothing more, it has made him my brother, although I know it has made him much more than that.
Totore - I will eat a burger for you tomorrow, with extra mayo, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy birthday, mio fratello.
Before industry there was passion. “Industry of all industries”, car industry is the most complex of them all. It’s the largest wheel in national economies. Car industry is privilege of the most powerful countries in the world. Toyota is the largest company in Asia and Fiat creates 4.4% of Italian GDP. Huge and important it’s inevitably conservative and boring, but au contraire to industries of similar size, it has the most emotional product. For generations people are dreaming about cars. Speed, control and power drag people to second largest purchase in life, after apartment / house. Almost everything we know about we conclude unconsciously from its design. People work their asses off to buy a supercar they only saw on internet. Ultra sports and luxury brands have army of devotees who never droved objects of their desire.
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