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

June Events in Florence, Italy
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June Events in Florence, Italy

This girl is finally back in Florence after a whirlwind trip back to the states to visit family, friends and generally create mayhem {kidding}. I returned not only to some nice fun jetlag {anyone else sleep 12 hours?} and cool weather that is so very much not normal this time of year. Global warming is … Continue reading

Fattoria LaVacchio – Organic Farm in Tuscany
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Fattoria LaVacchio – Organic Farm in Tuscany

This Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to go with my friend Debora/gourmet expert AmbasciatoreGusto to visit Fattoria LaVacchio, an organic farm located about 18-20km from Florence. Debora stocks products from the farm in her B&B in Florence and I was itching to try the famous ‘antipasto‘ {cheese & cured meat appetizer} that she kept … Continue reading

Tea time in Florence at the Via del Tè
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Tea time in Florence at the Via del Tè

Yep, you guessed it – me and my current love for tea and all of its fine flavors has led me to discover yet another hotspot in the center serving a wonderful selection of tea and goodies that I had to share with you all. The place is called ‘Via del Te” and has been open since 1997 in piazza … Continue reading

Florence Photo Diary, a weekend in February
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Florence Photo Diary, a weekend in February

This weekend flew by faster than any I can remember. Suddenly Monday morning arrived before you know it, an array of snow flurries arrived in the center as twitter and Italian news blew up at the rare sight of neve in the city. That along with explosive news of the Pope’s resignation at the end of … Continue reading

My secret Sunday escape in Tuscany
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My secret Sunday escape in Tuscany

This Sunday we were treated to a nice change of pace from almost constant rain every weekend this January. I made tman promise me that we would peer pressure his parents to take us to Acone – a small town near Rufina that I have mentioned previously. We like to tell people we go just … Continue reading

Why you should visit Borgo a Mozzano
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Why you should visit Borgo a Mozzano

This weekend was a long-awaited ‘ponte’ or long holiday in Italy since Thursday was All Saints Day and why on earth should anyone work on a Friday (especially the local bus service). Halloween  for us was fun but rainy and we decided to drive down past Lucca on Saturday to visit a town known for it’s … Continue reading

Bistecca Fiorentina – a toast to 7 years
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Bistecca Fiorentina – a toast to 7 years

This past Sunday was t-mans and my seven-year anniversary. Seven years of being together and dealing with horrendous red-tape. Seven years of making very adult life decisions earlier than most couples and many many cultural misunderstandings. We fell in love over a shared sense of humor and a love of food. Not to mention  a … Continue reading