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May Events In Florence, Italy

Well hello there May, you certainly snuck your way in didn’t you? It’s been a pretty cool Spring so far, sure we’ve had random rain showers and cold days but we’ve also enjoyed plenty of glorious sunshine and events all around town. As always, I feel so lucky to be based in such a dynamic and interesting city and I plan on taking advantage of it as long as I can. This is the month to explore the city’s famous…

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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 friends, complete with wine and of course the historical center of Florence as our backdrop. The sun was shining and we all were in the…

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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 a crispy thin Tuscan pizza or a heartier neapolitan with nduja but fresh fish? Hmmm, that requires a bit more thought. Which is why when I…

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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 pictures, we headed over to Villa a Sesta winery for a tour and tasting. Where they store the wine was pretty impressive, think modern steel…

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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 telling me about so as soon as she said lunch sunday? – I jumped at the chance to tag along. We met up at the…

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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 palazzi were dispersed in different areas around town where festival-goers can purchase a card that comes with a glass to tout around each location and have…

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