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Locals I Love: Rebecca Winke

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Everyone in the world needs a friend like Rebecca. Whip-smart, and a way with words that manages to combine humor with pretty much any awkward subject, talking with her always makes me walk away smiling. And I always learn something. Rebecca moved to Italy from Chicago in 1993 and shortly thereafter opened an agriturismo at the foot of Mount Subasio near Assisi, Umbria.   She spends her time writing about the lovely region she now calls home for various print…

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Gourmet Tuscany: Restaurants that Embrace a Farm-To-Table Philosophy

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Eating local never used to be a “thing.” It was just something people did because they had to eat, before choice was even an option. Eat what you grow, grow what works in your region and voila, regional cuisines are born.   Of course, as i’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I grew up on processed foods. Case in point, I’m pretty sure my favorite dessert was a bag of sour patch kids washed down with diet dr. pepper which…

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September 2016 Events in Florence, Italy

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September always remains one of my truly favorite months. It represents Italy’s rich harvest period, a time of abundance or the hope of one during a country’s rich agricultural past. The cities swell with returning Italians, bronzed and relaxed after a week or three on the seaside. Kids ready for school, the buses filling up again. There’s a poignant energy that comes with the arrival of this month and to complete the pretty picture, you can bet your bottom dollar…

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How to discover Florence, Italy without the crowds

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Not really gonna happen, sorry.   And yes, while the headline is completely misleading, this post has a point.   I wrote it after having a recent conversation with some people I met in Florence. They liked the food but hated the crowds, with one of them saying “too touristy.” While I considered that truth, I was also physically reminded that I was in front of someone who wasn’t entirely aware that they too were a tourist. They were in…

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Staying In A 13th Century Monastery in Prague

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There are hotels, then there are incredible places to stay, brimming with history through its sturdy stone walls. A place that tugs at the most curious strings of your soul, wondering “who else passed through these hallways.” The Augustine Hotel is exactly that, a monastery and luxury hotel blended together and nestled comfortably in the beautiful red-tiled Mala Strana district of Prague.   For first-timers to the city like us, the location was absolutely ideal. An easy 8 minute walk from Charles Bridge,…

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Locals I Love: Tommaso Olivieri

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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a new locals I love, not because I’ve ran out of inspiration (this is a forever project) but mostly due to the fact I’ve decided to stop harassing my friends to pick their brains during the hottest season of the year. Luckily Tommaso, the very cool other half of my one of great friends Alexandra Korey, agreed to be my victim interviewee. I can’t remember when we actually met, however I consider…

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