Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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French restaurant in Florence, snails anyone?

13.07.2013

French restaurant in Florence, snails anyone?

13.07.2013

I know what you are thinking.. snails? You live in Tuscany and you want to eat shelled creatures that slime their way across sidewalks after a rain shower? Well, if shrimp do the same on the ocean floor and yet we bread them, cover them in coconut and toss them in the deep frier – why not try this too!

Luckily for me, I had my first opportunity to try this very French dish recently at a really cute new French restaurant located on one of my favorite streets in town, Via dei Macci [ Sant’Ambrogio area]. I heard about the place from my friend Kristina, the yelp firenze community manager who told me that I had to go! There really aren’t any French restaurants in Florence, at least that I know about except for Le Fondue on the other side of the river. When I heard about this place and peeked into its cute interior when strolling in the center one afternoon, this bacame a must try for moi!

The cool thing about this place is that far from being t00 fancy for the common folk, they offer a pretty wide menu and a nice selection of lunch baguettes, some of which include duck and foie gras.

We opted for dinner and decided that why not go big or go home – let’s try those Escargot alla bourguignonne! I wasn’t that squeamish because well, I pretty much will eat anything at least once. Living in Italy has opened my mind to all sorts of food that I never would have touched before, including Tuscan classics lampredotto and tripe.

Our snails are pictures above and were dressed in a herb and butter sauce. We were given the surgery-like tools to open them which was way harder than I thought it would be. The actual snails though were delicious, I would try them again though it takes a little too much work than I am prepared to give on a weekend.  Afterwards, we opted for fondue because who doesn’t love to dip bread in really yummy cheese.

What to drink? A dry Riesling white wine went perfect with the cheese and even after stuffing ourselves we still left room for dessert which sadly I did not take a picture of [how is this possible?!]. We got a tarte tatin [famous French apple tart that is literally to die for] and Crepes suzette – [a crêpe with beurre Suzette, a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier.

I am still dreaming about those desserts. 

Note: The restaurant itself has only been only for a few months and I truly hope it remains in Florence for many years to come. I look forward to trying everything else on the menu, especially Chef Frederic’s suggestions. Another awesome aspect is that they have a really pretty outside courtyard that is an oasis from the chaos of Sant’Ambrogio.

*Some suggestions for the owners: Perhaps include more types of bread for the fondue, not just one type. Also it would be nice to know what kind of cheese is in the fondue :-), we had a little trouble working the flame. A little explanation can go a long way for these sort of ‘cook it yourself’ meals.

For a bottle of white wine, one portion of snails, fondue for two and two desserts, the bill came out to about 70 euros. Not super cheap but well worth it!

*They also have Tuscan dishes on the menu if you are not a fan of French food

La Brasserie, Via dei Macci 77r, 50122 Firenze. TEL: 055 2478326. FB page. 

Bon Appétit

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Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!

Georgette

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