Curious Appetite

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

Food Events + Tips for Middle East Now Festival 2017

(Photo credit: Middle East Now, Juma Kitchen)

I may have mentioned several times the Middle East Now festival in Florence is around the corner, April 4th-9th to be exact. In it’s 8th edition and I can safely say this is my favorite festival in Florence. Sorry, Gelato Festival! The word for foreigner is “stranger”, straniero. And the word “strange” rooted in (Italian: strano). It is events like these that showcase that foreign cultures are not strange, but in fact really fascinating a beautiful. They provide a window into a understanding into societies that are too often misunderstood. Continue Reading

Ristorante Persiano Tehran: Persian Food in Florence

Before I left for Iran, I had lunch at a new Persian restaurant in Florence called “Tehran.” With intention, I wanted to wait until I returned from my vacation in Iran in order to see if the memory remained. If the flavors could fare well to what I would eventually devour in the capital of Tehran itself. At times, I feel perplexed with the online blogging world. We obsessively upload experiences without taking a moment to let the memory sink in, often off to the next food paparazzi event. While I may not post as much as I’d like to, what I do post is something that has left a memorable mark. And most of all, what I genuinely wish to share. In a way, I am finding reason in my infrequency- as a sort of quality filter you may say.  Continue Reading

Traveling to Iran: Overcoming Rumors and Myths

I recently visited Iran, one of the most misunderstood countries and societies in mainstream media today. I will highlight that I visited Iran during a particular period in the arena of world politics. My visa process coincided with Trump’s 1st attempted travel ban from 7 predominately Muslim countries, which included Iran. Some suggested I cancel my plans, but I was determined to not allow current affairs stop me from a dream trip of a lifetime. Continue Reading

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