Locals I Love – Costanza Giovannini
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Locals I Love – Costanza Giovannini

This week’s local I love is Costanza, a girl who works too much and shares my love of moscow mules. Witty, almost too organized, she is just one of those people who ‘gets it.’ We met a few times but more recently we embarked on a blog tour adventure together to promote the thermal springs … Continue reading

CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno
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CB Firenze – new restaurant in the Oltrarno

When a new restaurant opens in Florence it can be a little bit like Russian roulette. A lot of places have the desire and passion but perhaps not always the means to put together as memorable an experience as they could hope. One example of a recent place that hasn’t had the best reviews since … Continue reading

A bit of Bavaria in Florence, Birreria HB Firenze
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A bit of Bavaria in Florence, Birreria HB Firenze

You might be wondering why I am talking about Bavarian food living in the gastronomic heaven that is Florence, Italy. Of course, when you live here and enjoy the fruits of the mediterranean diet on a daily basis – and trust me, you know I do, you sometimes crave a little something else. While I … Continue reading

Who needs meat! Vegetarian restaurants in Florence
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Who needs meat! Vegetarian restaurants in Florence

Normally, you would never think of Italy as a place for vegetarians. This is a land known for bistecca, cured meats and all sorts of delicious goodness. That being said, the traditional Mediterranean diet is very vegetable based and healthy to boot. Personally, I tend to eat very little meat – just out of habit … Continue reading

Seafood dreaming – Bistrò del Mare in Florence
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Seafood dreaming – Bistrò del Mare in Florence

Sometimes when I have wolfed down too many plates of ribollita or baccalà alla livornese, I crave something a little lighter. There is so much variety when it comes to delicious food in any season in and around this city, finding a seafood restaurant isn’t always that easy. I can tell you where to eat … Continue reading

Truffle sagra in Girone, the emergence of the ‘food baby’
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Truffle sagra in Girone, the emergence of the ‘food baby’

Yes, I really did use the term ‘food baby’ in the title of this blog post. That alone should convince you that I don’t use this blog for SEO purposes… but instead as a vehicle for my twisted agenda to convince everyone to visit the Truffle Sagra in Girone which lasts almost the entire month … Continue reading

Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani
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Locals I Love – Yasmine Hassani

It’s about time for a little session of ‘Locals I Love’ and this week’s protagonist happens to be a good friend of mine, Yasmine Hassani. She’s French, fabulous and living in Florence with her boyfriend Svebor teaching French around town {including helping me – god help her}. We met through mutual friends being that we … Continue reading

Florence food photo diary: sushi, veggies burgers, brunch and ‘Cacciucco’
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Florence food photo diary: sushi, veggies burgers, brunch and ‘Cacciucco’

Do you ever just have one of those absolutely fabulous good foodie weeks that you just have to share with the world? Well I do, after all most of my life seems to about chasing that amazing meal or crisp glass of Rose wine. Nothing particularly fancy or unique, but more so a very wide … Continue reading

Fruit is what’s for dinner – Tato restaurant, Florence
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Fruit is what’s for dinner – Tato restaurant, Florence

Me writing about food – that would be weird, right? Just a little sarcasm to start off this Saturday morning’s post about a recent Yelp event I attended at Tato restaurant in Piazza Santa Croce. If for some reason you haven’t lived on planet Earth {in the ‘internet trend’ sense} you may not know about … Continue reading

Weekend in Tuscany: part 1 – show cooking and cartoon characters!
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Weekend in Tuscany: part 1 – show cooking and cartoon characters!

So many agriturismi in Tuscany, how does a girl to know which one to visit? If I had my way {and mind you, an infinite supply of money} I would visit them all as long as they met a few basic, very important qualities. Comfortable, rustic but not too rustic. Basically I don’t want to … Continue reading