Curious Appetite

Month: December 2017

3 Fine Food & Wine Pairing Fails- Lessons from Italian Sommelier Training

oysters & bubbles- you’re doing it wrong

Hey readers! I’m sorry I’ve been rather quiet on the blog. The last couple months have been intense- from launching a food & negroni club, managing my food tour hustle, writing articles for Eater and now currently traveling like a crazy woman in the USA between LA, Seattle and San Francisco. Not to mention, having just completed an Italian Sommelier certification with FISAR Firenze which I had been following for the last year. Officially I have completed all 3 levels and now am one big exam away from Italian Sommelier status. Yikes!

The last level still fresh on my mind was Level 3: Food & Wine Pairing. With the holidays among us, I’d like to offer you some useful life tips which you may apply during current festivities and the holiday gatherings to come. In short, if you’ve been pairing turkey or steak with Brunello, oysters or caviar with champagne or truffles with Barolo- you’re doing it wrong. Read on to know why! Continue Reading

A gift idea for food lovers: Curious Appetite’s Gourmet Box!

these biscotti will be in this Holiday’s gourmet box- don’t miss out!

Hi readers! As you may have read before, I curate a super sweet food delivery service in collaboration with a specialty market larder in Florence. I’ve termed it the Florentine Gourmet Club and it’s a hand-picked box of gourmet Italian ingredients sent from Florence to your doorstep. Ingredients include, but are not limited to: EV Olive Oil, farmstead pecorino cheeses & parmigiano-reggiano, aged balsamic vinegars, truffle salts & honey, biscotti, specialty Italian roasted coffee, Bronte pistachio paste and loads more! Depending on the level you subscribe to, each box contains a minimum of 5-15 specialty products with a recipe developed by a local food journalist, ribbon-wrapped curious fact sheets, a designed tote bag and various personalized touches.  Continue Reading

FICO Eataly World Opening & 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna

Hello curious readers! The last few weeks I’ve retracted and kept my head down with various commitments. Some of which include writing about the opening of FICO Eataly World for Eater and researching dining in Bologna for an essential restaurants list.

Article links here if you’d like to cut to the chase:

The 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna via Eater

Inside Eataly World, Italy’s Massive Food Theme Park 

If you’re curious about my unfiltered assessment on FICO and how I developed the Bologna dining guide- read on! Continue Reading

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