Do-it-yourself wine tour in Florence, Italy
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Do-it-yourself wine tour in Florence, Italy

Sometimes you just need to take the bull by the horns and make Florence your own personal tourist destination. With the recent news of my good friend Katie’s approval from the US embassy for her and husband to move to the states, a few of my friends decided to celebrate with a Saturday funday with … 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

Weekend in Tuscany: Part 2 – cooking competition & horse play
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Weekend in Tuscany: Part 2 – cooking competition & horse play

I finally got a chance to sit down, relax and write part two of my Tuscan adventure at Tenuta Lupinari in Valdambra, Tuscany. You can catch up on part one here if you haven’t read it yet. I left off at an appropriate point – cartoon characters in the town of Castelnuovo. After taking silly … 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

Discovering Winetown 2012 – music, wine and beautiful scenery
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Discovering Winetown 2012 – music, wine and beautiful scenery

Winetown 2012 in Florence – two days of trying some of the best wines in Italy while listening to classical music or jazz, theater, strange “shows” and trying some delicious Tuscan products to boot. I had a chance to go on Friday and check out the festivities before meeting for a friend’s birthday. The participating … Continue reading

Chianti Classico Wine Festival 2012
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Chianti Classico Wine Festival 2012

Interpret what you may from the above photo but quite frankly, I couldn’t agree more. Aside from the double innuendos - Chianti Classico held their 42nd annual wine festival expo in Greve in Chianti this past weekend and we hopped in our car on Saturday to try a few wines (ok maybe a lot) and see … Continue reading

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Must-read: Tips for buying wine at the supermarket

I recently wrote about how to buy wine in a supermarket in Italy on http://www.insidersabroad.com ( a great all-about-Italy resource and English yellow pages directory for all of Italy) and I of course must share on my blog since wine is my non-animate best friend! I am sure my parents love all of the wine-related photos I … Continue reading