One night in Rome a few of my friends and I went to the boat restaurant for dinner. We were so cold and wet from a very rainy day in the city that sitting down in the familiar restaurant was all we wanted - that and some warm beverages.
The rest of the girls ordered some sort of coffee drink, but I don't like coffee so I ordered hot chocolate.
I was so excited when it arrived because it looked like it was just two sips. Perfect, that's all I needed.
However, upon further investigation the tiny cup contained chocolate. Hot, boiling, chocolate.
It was literally a cup of hot chocolate.
It was too funny!
I showed the girls and we all laughed. The menu did say hot chocolate, but obviously I didn't understand.
The Italians knew what it was, didn't they? I just can't figure out what they do with a cup of boiling chocolate.
Well, I asked our waiter for a cup of milk if possible - hot. We discussed the amount of milk and he walked away shaking his head. I was obviously totally deranged.
He came back with about three ounces of milk to go with the same amount of chocolate in my tiny cup. I poured in the milk and it completely filled the cup. I stirred gently and the waiter just watched with his head tipped to the side - wondering if I had truly lost my mind.
When I thinned out the chocolate it was a very delicious three sips of hot chocolate.
The funny thing is that nearly everything that we got in Rome that was supposed to be hot was lukewarm. The pasta and pizzas - warmish, sandwiches that should be cold were lukewarm and all cold beverages were lukewarm. We just got used to it. However, the hottest thing I had the entire week was that shot of boiling chocolate.
When I retold this story when we got back to our apartment I was asked if I got a photo. I said no. Why? Because it was a cup with black in it. There was no other color but black! Maybe I should have taken the photo to remind me of the story, but at the time it didn't even look like chocolate.
So today is just a story...you'll have to visualize the hot chocolate :)