Curious Appetite

Food, visas & thoughts: When in Rome

As I mentioned in a previous post, I traveled to Iran for vacation and did a couple jaunts to Rome for my tourist visa. I wanted to write about the food gems I found (especially for those who may have to travel to Rome for less than 24 hours) and general food for thought that arose. I realize you may be surprised to hear one would go to Iran for vacation and not be terrified by it. I’ll repeat: Iran is a wonderful country, with people I came to adore and I encourage anyone to challenge what they’ve heard. I hope to travel there again and again. Continue Reading

Where to Meet & Eat in Florence for Solo Travelers

“How to become an explorer of the world” Via food, of course!

Traveling solo, huh? Well, first I’d like to give you a proverbial high five in light of my high five anxiety because #1 it takes guts to travel especially these days. Not because travel should be or is scary (travel is safe in Europe, guys!), but travel seems scary mega thanks to idiot media outlets and fear mongering orange asshats. And high five for #2: traveling on your own- this is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences on planet earth. Since I write about food, I hope this post proves helpful for solo travelers- both as a guide to where to eat but also tips & insight for meeting others during your travels here in Florence. Continue Reading

Florence Cocktail Week is back shaking- round 2! (2017)

last year’s FCW winner Julian Biondi w/ Neri Fantechi of (sadly) closed Florian (Julian and Neri still stirring @ Mad Souls & Spirits on Borgo San Frediano)

Remember last year when I raved about Florence doing a Cocktail Week? It’s back and this time with grit. What is Florence Cocktail Week? To sum it up simply, this is a competition between 16 of the city’s trendiest, competent and skilled bartenders/mixologists at their resident locales. Each will come up with a drink that they think is trophy worthy to serve during the week which the public can order PLUS events everyday dedicated to spirits. I.e. Cocktail and Vinyl pairing sessions (am I back in Seattle?! Drinks that pair with the best music- yes please!), gin-inspired farmhouse pop-up dinners, chef-led cocktail crawls and workshops Details & Calendar of Events in PDF HERE! Continue Reading

Where to Eat in Florence for Easter (Pasqua and Pasquetta)

sorry, bah babes. You’re what’s for lunch and dinner this weekend

(UPDATED APRIL 2017)

Unless you will be munching with your family or friend’s family this Sunday (Pasqua) and Monday (Pasquetta) in Florence, then you might find this post useful. If you happen to be going to someone’s home for Easter, don’t forget to pick up a chocolate egg- preferably from Vestri in Piazza Salvemini if at all possible. You can never have too much chocolate on Easter, right?

me with one of my best friends on this planet and her darling family about to break the chocolate easter egg. Spoleto, Umbria 2007!!

Not all restaurants in Florence are closed on Pasqua or Pasquetta, in fact some of them drum up really special menus for the occasion. And not all will have special Easter menus- which I note in my suggestions.

Here are 10+ ideas for valid eateries in Florence worth considering for your Easter Sunday and/or Monday meal. Plus links to dining outside Florence and food blogs to create some Italian Easter food at home.  Continue Reading

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