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Locals I Love: Giulia Scarpaleggia

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When I first came to Florence, I remember scouring the internet for blogs and recipes in my new haphazard kitchen. Pinterest was my queen. No longer could I get my usual array of foods in Los Angeles, and with no microwave even, I actually had to learn how to cook. Thanks to blogs like Jul’s Kitchen, I was less intimidated to step out of my culinary cooking zone while also learning a bit more Italian, as her blog is a…

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Locals I Love: Clara Soto

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  First off, Happy ‘Festa della Repubblica’! It’s an important national holiday in Italy celebrating the birth of the republic and this week I’m absolutely thrilled to share this wonderful interview with a local designer who I have been so eager to share for some time. Clara originally hails from the country of Ecuador in South America but refers to herself more as a ‘child of the world.’ I knew I was going to like this girl  We originally met…

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Locals I Love: Meet Eric Veroliemeulen

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It’s been a crazy day. I woke up to a bewildering whatsapp message from my husband telling me that there were cars in a sinkhole next to the Arno river due to a burst pipe along the lungarno near the Ponte Vecchio. Not the best news because we typically park there, but luckily everyone is ok, minus the cars. On the other hand I have been hard at work, currently holed up at Irene Bistrot in Florence, sipping cold shaken…

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Tuscany Beyond The Obvious, Four Fun Ideas

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Give a girl the keys to a vintage Fiat 500, and let me tell you, she can go anywhere. Or in my case, I just handed them over to my copilot-for-life Nico as I took a ton of photos. I might be considered that crazy person who constantly photographs the same things, but I could care less. The Tuscan countryside whispers to the soul, and I make no apologies for my constant puppy love in the presence of its beauty. You…

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Locals I Love: Meet Gina Tringali

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It’s a damn good day when I can publish an interview celebrating yet another amazing person that I have met while living in Italy. No less on the same day that I finally got my carta di soggiorno (resident card) renewed for a whopping five years. If that isn’t reason to celebrate in a major way, I’m not sure what is — bring on the margaritas! In honor of it all, this week, I’m picking the brain of my beautiful…

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Keeping It In the Family: Pruneti Extra-Virgin Olive Oil In Tuscany

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Virginity Is Overrated Unless You’re Olive Oil  To quote the author Tom Mueller “Once someone tries a real extra virgin — an adult or a child, anybody with taste buds — they’ll never go back to the fake kind. It’s distinctive, complex, the freshest thing you’ve ever eaten. It makes you realize how rotten the other stuff is, literally rotten. But there has to be a first time. Somehow we have to get those first drops of real extra virgin oil…

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