Curious Appetite

Month: July 2016

An extended guide to the best panini in Florence

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I’ll say it- there is more to panini in Florence than l’Antico Vinaio. And if you’re wondering why they are extremely famous, consider this failproof recipe: thousands (13K+) of tripadvisor reviews mostly since they’ve been listed for ages, larger-than-life panini and cheap wine all for under 5-10€.

The panini at l’antico vinaio are good, even delicious, but for me not worth to me waiting up to an hour in line for. Bear in mind in reading this post, I’m not here to rag on any particular business, and food is extremely personal, but rather offer up some alternative suggestions.

Italian panini, are meant to be simple and traditionally included few ingredients: primarily cheese and/or meat. It seems that they’ve become monstrous man vs. food feasts here! Not that I don’t enjoy a decadent massive panino, but again, I suggest folks to consume info (and food) with a discerning palate.

I am suspicious of the ingredients in terms of what’s actually in their spreads and where they source their meats/cheeses from. My personal tastes goes towards more artisan style eateries, where ingredient sourcing/quality is emphasized. Not always thought, I do enjoy junk food from time to time! But I get a lot of questions “is Antico Vinaio really that good?” Yes- it is but in case you don’t want to wait in line for an hour, here are some alternatives.  Continue Reading

New on Conde Naste and Saveur Food Blog Awards!

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Hello all who dare read! I wanted to share a cool new article I recently wrote for CONDE NAST and let you know the Saveur Favorite Food Blog Nominations are open until MONDAY July 18th (around the corner! go nominate now! Ideally including https://thecuriousappetite.com/ 🙂

Here is the article I did for Conde Nast Traveler

15 Best Things to do in Florence, Italy (I assure you, they had to edit down my list of about a gagillion!)

The tip I’m most proud of is the the last tip about the bistecca fiorentina. The editors asked me about Il Latini and so for the last 4 years, I’ve had about zero interest to go in because the kitschy hanging prosciutti and fiaschi lined Tuscan eatery is so famous- which usually to me means mediocre food and exorbitant pricing. You know, for work I decided to make the investment to try for myself before turning down this recommendation. While I was not exactly right, because the steak was indeed excellent, the sides and primi left something to be desired whereas at Fagioli they do everything on point like the gastronomic saints they are.  So while there is a picture of Il Latini on the slide- if you read you’ll see why I think Ristorante del Fagioli is where it’s at for all things steak.

Now that I’ve given you a major delicious tip, may I ask for a teeny favor in exchange?

Is Curious Appetite one of your favorite food blogs?

Saveur Magazine holds an annual food blog awards and now is the time to nominate your favorite food blogs!

If my food blog on eating around Florence, Italy and beyond are part of your favorite reads, would you be so kind as to nominate Curious Appetite? You can use this url: https://thecuriousappetite.com/ I’d be ever so grateful! The best part is that you don’t have to only nominate one! While you’re at it- check out the blogs I’d totally nominate like Jul’s Kitchen, Rachel Eats, Bittersweet Gourmet, Emiko Davies, The Curious Pear and Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome. 

Where can you nominate? Nominate here (now!) on Saveur’s website for your favorite food blog!

What are your favorite food blogs which I have not listed? Am I missing someone? Apologies if I have- let me know what I am missing out on. (I love learning!)

In your food writing trust,

Curious Appetite

p.s. I’m off to London for a long weekend! Stay in touch for all the funky adventures via snapchat, twitter and instagram! (curiousappetite)

Cheers!

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