My mom is 83. She is a spit fire! Always was, she raised canaries when she was a teenager, took the EL into town and tried all sorts of food. Ate in restaurants herself because her friends wouldn't join her for the "exotic fare." She married my Dad in an arranged marriage, knowing him on a few months before they were wed.
She has dabbled in stocks and to this day still reads the Baron newspaper, keeping up on what is going on with the market.
She is a fabulous cook and cooks a big lunch for my Dad everyday. She loves to go to the casino and plays blackjack and craps... no slots for her! She is a 4 foot 8 inch dynamo!
She also LOVES Lidia, watching her religiously everyday, she has every one of her cookbooks and talks about her constantly. So when I saw that Lidia was coming to the William Sonoma store in King of Prussia to sign her latest cookbook, it was an easy decision to make.
I called her and asked if she would like to go, her enthusiastic yes was all the answer I needed.
I had been down in the dumps for a few days and I was ready to get out of the house. So off we went. She promised to buy me a pot when we got there and true to her promise I now have a beautiful Martha Stewart heavy enamel pot. I love it !
I stood in the line that snaked outside the door and around the store, patiently waiting for Lidia to arrive while my mom a "born shopper" shopped of course!
Lidia arrived a little before 3PM with her daughter Tanya. When our turn arrived for the book signing my Mom was smiling from ear to ear. She told Lidia how much she loved her and her mom, who is often on her TV shows and then looked over at her daughter and said " I like you too" so funny!!!
Lidia asked my mom her name and she proudly said Santina di Bonaventura, Lidia seemed impressed and threw both hands in the air and sang out my mom's name. It was a great Italian moment and the smile on my mom's face was priceless!
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