Ah, praise be to ginseng coffee… especially on mornings when finding the energy to begin the day seems like a utopia. Just its fragrance switches on the neurones! And praise be to unicorn milk… managing to have breakfast with Arianna had become a Herculean task after discovering her gluten intolerance. Then, one day, in the new bar we went to for Sunday breakfast – our little weekend ritual since moving here – Fabrizio, the barman, seeing her sulking said to her, “I’ve got just the drink for you, blue like your hair. Do you want to try it?” And since then, Arianna has begun to have breakfast also at home, far from gluten and happy with her blue spirulina drink, and thanks to Fabrizio, who now and again gives us a couple of packets luckily compatible with my coffee machine at home.
Fabrizio… a pleasant surprise in my life.
I entered his bar which is near my office by chance one afternoon in which the rain was pouring down and I, as usual, was without an umbrella. I’d moved a few weeks before and I was still finding my way around the city, still finding my points of reference to gradually start to feel at home. Drenched from head to foot, I found myself at his bar counter with a cup of ginger and lemon drink in my hand. “Try it” Fabrizio said. “I discovered it a short time ago and I’ve become addicted!”
The drink was really good, so much so that then I called into the bar every day on my coffee break and I savoured it while chatting to Fabrizio with whom a sense of complicity and understanding developed which I hadn’t expected. In a short time he became not only my trusted barman, but also my confidant. By this time he knew everything about me, even what to prepare for me depending on my mood, which he read on my face without even having to talk to me: he knows when to give me ginseng with coconut sugar to give me a boost or when I need a macaccino anti-stress which comforts my soul when my colleagues have driven me crazy.
I take a sip and all my hesitation disappears. Love at first sip.
Viola stares at me; I smile back.