'Tis the Season! (For Fresh-Squeezed Juice)
Early February brings most of us (in the Northern Hemisphere) few pleasures. 'Tis the season for not too many fun things (unless you count Groundhog Day). "The Holidays" are well behind us and Carnival/Mardi Gras is still almost 3 weeks away. But the outdoor markets and grocery stores are brimming with delicious citrus fruit, and with a little effort you can highlight your morning with some fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (yeah, that's just orange juice, no cranberries, pomegranates or actual blood involved here).
Gabriel loves him some fresh-squeezed orange juice (worlds away, I might add from the kind from the stuff at the supermarket both in nutrition and in flavor) so he buys the oranges by the crate (from a guy who sells out of his truck on the corner, if you can believe that!) He takes about 5 oranges for a really big glass, slices each at the meridian and squeezes them by hand on our low-tech plastic citrus juicer. That's it.
In coffee shops all around Milan this season, you find piles of oranges waiting to be juiced for about the equivalent of $3-$4 for a small glass. It's a great, healthy alternative to waking up with coffee, but since we're the do-it-yourself types, we, umm... do it ourselves. Why don't you give it a try?