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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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Fulin: Chinese Food Becomes A Chic Affair

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If there ever was a reason to shout Hallelujah, it should come with a serving of the tastiest freshly-made dumplings from new restaurant Fulin — which I recently got to try first-hand in Florence. If you’ve lived in this city for awhile, you’d probably agree that Chinese food here hasn’t always boasted a great reputation.   To keep it real, many Italians shun local Chinese food as strange fast food and foreigners (like me) haven’t yet found anything worth screaming…

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Il Borro: A Medieval Borgo Reinvented As A Luxury Tuscan Resort

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    A Medieval Castle Turned Borgo Along An Ancient Roman Passageway   When it comes to luxury hotels in Tuscany, or rather anywhere in Italy, the consumer is spoilt for choice. However what makes Il Borro something special lies in its 1,000 year-old past, the exact origins dating back to 1039. It was said to have been along an old Etruscan road and later a Roman one (clodia and the cassia), the area itself a political stronghold, becoming a battleground…

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Where to Eat in Florence This August

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Tell people you’re traveling to Florence in August and likely you’ll be met with a look reflecting sympathetic derision “oh, you’re staying here, huh?” one might say. For a bewildered foreigner, not accustomed to the traditions of life in southern Europe, this is because August has long been dubbed more or less “vacation month.” Its roots dating back to a time when it truly was too hot to work, with Italian families taking cool refuge in nearby coastal towns. This…

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Torre del Chianti: A Gourmet Affair On An Old Water Tower

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You’d think that with the arrival of summer in Italy, everyone would collapse into a lazy, somewhat more relaxed schedule of sorts. Instead I feel like every other day I’m hearing about a cool new event, a new restaurant opening or exhibition in some area of town. It seems to never end. And frankly, I think it’s awesome. We choose to do more of our longer trips (one week or more) not in July and August because of the price…

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72 Fabulous Hours in Marrakesh

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Ah yes, Marrakesh. Leave the shiny airport and soon you’ll be speeding past pretty tree-lined boulevards home to fancy luxury resorts, the large walls hiding what I can only imagine to be their own particular paradise. Itching ever close to the Medina, your hotel driver perhaps drops you off a few meters from your riad, and thus begins what I liken to an assault on every one of your senses. The noise, the people, the donkeys, the scooters whizzing endlessly…

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