Yesterday I went into one of the local grocery stores in our neighborhood, Santa Lucia. The place was packed to the gills! I started to panic, thinking perhaps war had been declared and there was a run on grocery stores. But then I noticed that the carts were filled with red and gold boxes containing cakes. Panettone. Not exactly survival supplies.
Apparently Panettone is a BIG deal here for the holidays. As it originated in Italy, I’m sure a similar phenomena is taking place over there. I remembered that last week my facialist had asked me if I’d made it over to this particular grocery store yet to get Panettone. They have the best and sometimes they run out.
At the time, I didn’t know what the hell she was talking about, but now I get it. Panetonne Panic.
There was an employee offering samples of the stuff, so of course I had to indulge. It was… all right. But I only tasted a tiny corner, perhaps you needed an entire slice to really feel its power. I resisted the urge to buy a box as I’m still trying to shed my first year expat weight. But there’s got to be something magical about it right?
Carts were piled high with the stuff, and the “gold” panettone from this shop was going for almost R$36 (R$39.90 if you want it packaged to give as a gift).
I mean even Barbie puts out a panettone.
Perhaps over the holiday week someone will offer me a slice. If they do, I’ll be sure to let you in on the secrets of this Christmas cake.
Experiment with other Christmas cakes? Nice try Santa Lucia, but it looked to me like people were sticking with their Panetonne. Still 8 days ’til Christmas. You’d better hope you made enough. I’m guessing if you did run out, it wouldn’t be pretty.