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Ditta Artigianale Oltrarno – A New Side To Italian Coffee Culture

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I never thought I would see the day when a known coffee expert in Italy has defended the entity that is Starbucks. Especially after an onslaught of negative news all over the internet regarding the coffee giant set to open its first Italy branch in Milan in 2017. But this is another reason I like Francesco Sanapo, award-winning barista and creator of ‘Ditta Artiginale’. On news about Starbucks, Francesco said in defense of the move  “I think that it’ s a…

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New & Noteworthy Restaurants in Florence

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I don’t know if you who live in Florence agree, but there is quite an interesting vibe right now in town. Never have I before felt like there were so many new restaurants, all with an edge on design, gone are the kitsch elements like checkered tablecloth and wine flasks to entice tourists inside. These restaurants are more about a sexy sort of minimalism, the edge lies in the details: vintage glasses, vertical herb gardens, lack of menus, more attention…

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Eating Solo In Florence, Italy: My Tips

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It’s funny, I had never eaten dinner alone at a restaurant before coming to Europe. My first experience was in an airport hotel in London, because of a delay I was set up for a night at a Hiltonesque kind of place. It was pretty fancy and for a girl in her early twenties, this was quite exciting. I felt so mature with the white tablecloth, cold-as-on-an-airplane bread and a glass of wine (which wasn’t included – what a splurge!).…

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Where To Eat By Santa Maria Novella

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It happens to us all, you’re passing through Florence and you want to grab a quick bite to eat, all you see is a shady looking McDonald’s, a huge plastered Burger King sign (when did that become ok?!) and plenty of panini that look about as fresh as a used athlete’s tube sock. Not pretty, I know. I’ll admit that I have spent too much money on lukewarm Coco Cola Light and sandwiches with a strange almost ‘lighter’ version of…

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One Week in Corfu

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When I first told people that we were vacationing in Corfu, Greece, I definitely got mixed reactions depending on who went. Greece is Greece and no one would argue about its stunning natural beauty, but Corfu has a party reputation like Ibiza in Spain or Kuta Beach in Bali (I’ll never forget this blog post by Adventurous Kate). I kept an open mind about the place since I know without a car you can often ‘get stuck’ on one area and we weren’t…

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Rome For the Second time: A perfect Weekend

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Rome is one of those cities that for me took time to fall in love with, as hard as that is to admit. A rambling city where you quite literally trip over an artistic treasure or two, visiting its greatness can be overwhelming. The first time I went, I tried to see the most I could, a feat complete with fatigue and foot blisters. I stayed in dirty, dark accommodations because everything was expensive and lunched on crappy paninos but…

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