As the name of my blog denotes, I have a curious appetite. I am not shy to try anything (I picked up and moved to Italy ferchrissake!) and am curious about everything authentic, including the bizarre. In Florence, there is a restaurant I really love for its strange offerings of Tuscan fare twisted with all things offal (ahem, animal innards). Read up on my article for Vice Munchies to learn about this offal eatery in the center of Florence and where you can get cow gut sushi in the former red light district: http://munchies.vice.com/articles/the-offal-osteria-is-putting-the-guts-back-into-florences-former-red-light-district
In your offal trust,
The Curious Appetite
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Ah! Yes! The craft bar scene is finally making a decent presence in Florence! Since I moved in 2012, I have noticed craft brew pubs pop up and that made my Seattle soul glimmer with hope. Hope in that this over-termed “Renaissance Pearl” is getting with the times. In Seattle, I was constantly charmed by craft cocktail spots like Canon Seattle and Knee High Stocking Co. and that love affair with bitter imbibements came to a screeching halt when I arrived in Florence. I missed my bitter old man drinks for my tortured gluttonous soul. Little by little, I discovered bitter bars but only to be heartbroken when one of my favorites (THE Bitterbar, where I actually practiced performing a wedding at) closed their doors to a likewise closed city of Chianti sluggers. Florentines have their habitual ways and it has been my observation that they are not very warm to anything beyond the ordinary. Unless they are the artsy, hipster type. Even then, these kids got lots to learn about living “avant-guarde.” Pardon the extremely opinionated banter, I warned you of my bitter old man ways. Continue Reading →
If ever there is a day in which you need a boost in morale, a visit to a food market in Florence is always the anecdote. It is absolutely my favorite food tour to do and I feel my heart flutter any time I walk through these food treasure chests. If you really want to understand the neighborhood culture in Italy there are a few things you should always do when traveling:
1. visit a local coffee bar every morning. Pick one near where you are staying and always go there.
2. hang out at a the closest food market. people watch. observe. Continue Reading →
Are you in Florence this June? Want to drink and eat with me at my absolute favorite wine bar? Join me for a night of vertical wine tasting and food pairing!
The event is showcasing the producer Poggerino in Radda in Chianti. The winemaker will be present and will be guiding the evening “vertically” from several vintages. What is so cool about Poggerino?
Well, Poggerino has received various tips on the hat from the wine world such as being the #18th best wine in the world by The Wine Spectator in 2013 and its 2014 Riserva made it in the Slow Wine Awards and Slow Wine guidebook. They also implement organic and biodynamic methods in their vineyards and production. If “biodynamic” has always been a fuzzy mystery, you will learn first hand about this unique agricultural practice at the wine tasting.
We will taste a vertical selection of Poggerino’s Chianti Classico Riserva Vecchie Vigne (old vine reserve) and paired with gourmet crostoni, local cheeses and artisan cured meats. The tasting will also be lead by the kick-ass sommelier staff at said favorite wine bar. Don’t speak Italian? No problemo! Curious Appetite (me!) will also be there to translate for you “professional” wine drinkers who would like to come and capire what the heck is going on. Rest assured- you will each and drink well with least 5 wine tastings and pairings with each pour. Space is limited to 10, RSVP right now!
Details: Thursday June 11th 9:30pm-11:30pm Location: My favorite wine bar Cost: 25 euros ADVANCE RSVP IS REQUIRED
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