It’s funny how time works, you could be stuck in certain moments watching them slip through your fingers faster than you can appreciate them, albeit wishing with all your might for them to never leave your grasp. Then you return to certain realities, and time seems to move slower than molasses.
Luckily since I’ve been back in Florence, I’ve hit the ground running. There’s been some welcomed distractions including new accolade recognizing my tours and more of my published review/writing. Before I get to that, I wanted to share some mushy gushy- then straight on to business I promise!
After less than 3 months back in the states, a whole world of real imploded on my consciousness and I feel like I’ve returned as a somewhat different person. I made a pilgrimage back to Memphis thanks to Saveur, I played tourist in Nashville, again played house in San Francisco with random jaunts to my original roots systems in Southern Cali (L.A., mostly) and Seattle.
Now I find myself again in Florence. The comfort of being home over, time with my dear friends and family washed away, now back to the grind in a place which increasingly no longer feels like my own.
I do have a community in Florence I’ve grown attached to, and indeed it feels like a second home in way. It’s just some of the people I care for the most and a culture I feel at most myself with, is thousands of miles away. This is sometimes a painful pill to swallow.
Nevertheless, 2019 has kicked off with a good start. In 2018, I wrapped up by filing away some assignments one of which went live, and that is a a guide to the Best Bars in Florence for Conde Nast Traveler, read up on my guide here: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-bars-in-florence
The guide lists 15 of the city’s best watering holes based mostly on craft cocktails but with a few enotecas and craft beer pubs peppered in. You can click on each place to read up on the more detailed, individual reviews like with Locale Firenze (one of my personal faves).
THEN I also found the established, talented journalist Erica Firpo reviewed my walking food & drink Aperitivo Tour in Florence on Conde Nast Traveler and it was a double whammy! THEN THEN it was included in her round-up for 13 Best Things to do in Florence….! Read the review here: https://www.cntraveler.com/activities/florence/curious-appetite-craft-cocktail-and-aperitivo-tour
Without words! When I started hustling for myself, I wasn’t sure if the risk would even take off. I admired others whose services were recommended by magazines and papers I loved (like Conde Nast Traveler!!) and other writers who landed big publication bylines. Who would have thought the desire to destroy my liver would land me such a responsibility with naming the city’s best bars? And being praised for leading a tour aimed at hooch-filled tomfoolery?
So there’s my update for now. Please enjoy- stay tuned for more stories and news from my little bubble in Renaissance disneyland.
In your hooch filled trust,