Just a quick amusing post on the cheapest â€œstreetâ€ meal we had on the entire European adventureâ€¦ First thing you should know is that Marketman gets sugar lowsâ€¦and when that happens, I need food instantly. Or I faint. No, I am not diabetic (yet), I have always just had this blood sugar issue since I was a kid. And now it seems my daughter has it too. At any rate, I have fainted in the midst of the Baguio Cathedral, at large stuffy markets, on tennis courts, in department stores, while riding the T (Mass Transit) in Boston, at a stress test in a doctorâ€™s office, etc. My wife and daughter know that when I need food, I need food, and fast. So this brings us to Sunday morning, after hanging out at St. Peterâ€™s to catch the Pope and being a bit hot, a bit dehydrated and definitely hungry. We decided to take a cab to the Trevi fountains so the Kid could see it before the crowds got there and after that we walked around but most of the shops were closed. I was starting to get the â€œsweatsâ€ and the next step would be â€œseeing starsâ€ so we frantically started to look for a grocery or food stall that was open. We found a grocery, raced in and decided we might as well make this lunch so we hurriedly bought some cold cuts, a loaf of dubious sliced bread, some water and sodas and a bag of potato chips and paid about 8 Euro.
Back outdoors, we decided to continue walking until we found a bench or park and after 5-8 minutes this was obviously a futile goal in the heart of the shopping district that was almost all shut down on a Sunday morning. So we decided to just eat on the sidewalk and picked the cement ledge of a bank near a fairly busy intersection. We pulled out our cold cuts and made sandwiches and ate our lunch standing while all of these pedestrians (including a large tour group of Japanese folks) walked by. Large tourist buses would stop at the intersection and everyone was looking down at this scene on the bank ledge… Almost instantly, the three of us burst into uncontrolled giggles because the bread was so dry and the salami so chewy and we were battling with these ridiculous sandwiches, trying to appear nonchalant while eating standing in the middle of downtown Rome! My daughter was a little embarrassed that her parents were making her eat out of a plastic grocery bag, on the street (sidewalk, really), but thankfully, she took this in stride and with a good sense of humor. Letâ€™s just say this is a scene that NONE of her grandmothers would have approved of. Well, at least now she is familiar with the entire spectrum of possible meals from eating on the street to linen tablecloths and sterling silver at a top restaurant. At any rate, it was a truly quick and pathetic meal that cured the sugar low. We made up for the frugal lunch with large servings of gelato just minutes laterâ€¦