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View From Your Table

Sorrento, Italy [1]

Sorrento, Italy

James C. is on the road again. This guy, I swear, if I ever won the lottery, I would write him a check and say, “Go, take me wherever you want, and let’s eat and drink and praise God from whom all blessings flow.”

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15 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By CBlack On November 11, 2013 @ 12:03 am

Count me in on that! Beautiful view.

#2 Comment By James C On November 11, 2013 @ 4:50 am

In that particular circumstance, Rod, rest easy, because it would likely be somewhere in France.

#3 Comment By James C On November 11, 2013 @ 4:55 am

€14 for a bottle of wine, with snacks included (those are pasta-like shells filled with some delectably creamy cheese and little prosciutto sandwiches), on the outdoor terrace of a posh hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples, with a view to the north of Mount Vesuvius.

And it’s November. Yes, I do love southern Italy.

#4 Comment By Annek On November 11, 2013 @ 8:40 am

Such beautiful, old-fashioned elegance!

#5 Comment By Annek On November 11, 2013 @ 8:40 am

Do you know where that is?

#6 Comment By elrond On November 11, 2013 @ 9:35 am

This belongs in an art museum. A portrait (of food) in blue. Thanks for sharing, Rod.

#7 Comment By TheYpsiProphet On November 11, 2013 @ 9:51 am

James C., random question — are you the same guy who does football recruiting work for Rivals.com?

#8 Comment By Bernie On November 11, 2013 @ 11:37 am

Sorrento, Italy on the Amalfi Drive overlooking the Mediterranean. I may have had lunch on that same terrace years ago. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

#9 Comment By James C On November 11, 2013 @ 2:23 pm


It’s the Hotel Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento. I’m not staying there—I’m actually in a lovely place in the center of town that I got for €42 a night. But the Bellevue’s terrace restaurant is open to all.


I’ve never heard of Rivals.com, so safe to say I don’t recruit for them! I actually have a very ordinary support position at the University of Cambridge. Hence why I don’t have a balcony suite at the Bellevue.

#10 Comment By mrscracker On November 11, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

Great view, but I think I’d rather be sitting there with the catfish poboy from the earlier post.

#11 Comment By James C. On November 11, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

Mrs. Cracker, If you had the vitello alla sorrentina I had for dinner tonight, you might think differently 😉

#12 Comment By Emily On November 11, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

Oh, James, your photos feed my soul! Merci mille fois.

#13 Comment By Lancelot Lamar On November 11, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

I did actually think you had won the lottery, James C., since you seem to live such a rich life. However I guess that is not the case, that you are rich I mean, but I admire your wonderful life of travel and food.

#14 Comment By mrscracker On November 12, 2013 @ 11:10 am

James C. says:

November 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Mrs. Cracker, If you had the vitello alla sorrentina I had for dinner tonight, you might think differently”
Perhaps, but I think the view might influence any decision.

#15 Comment By Roland de Chanson On November 12, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

I really enjoy all of the VFYT’s but James C. is the master of epulatory peregrinations par excellence.

I seem to recall from a past life having sat in that very spot beckoning bibrachially to my fellow gourmand, Gaius Plinius, in order that he might sail straight to Surrentum rather than Stabiae. Alas, he ignored my semaphore and missed the tira misù. Eheu! Fortune may favour the brave but it disdains the famished.

If it’s true that homo est quod ēst, then James C. is a gentleman and scholar of gustatory oblectations.

Sorry for the Latinate English, but those transmigration flashbacks are hell.