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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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
This is an update to let you know where you can find me eating and drinking around for the next several days. For years I have been wanting to visit and finally the stars aligned for me to impulsively buy a ticket and book a room to just…go! Continue Reading →
People ask a lot: Where can I get a good steak, stellar red meat and the famous “Bistecca Fiorentina” in Florence? Well, there are a few good places. But one that always comes to mind is…Perseus.
This place is a trip in itself. It feels like I went back to the 80’s even though I only knew what that was like in the womb or running around tormenting my older sister as a scary, awkward burger obsessed toddler. Did I just date myself? Yes, I did. A young foreign woman in Italy talking about food, at that. Continue Reading →
If you haven’t gathered by now- I love aperitivo time in Italy. I adore food and wine pairing. In Italy, there are many rituals and unwritten “rules” about food and drink consumption. Personally, I believe that these rituals are what make Italians part of one of the smartest culinary cultures on earth. As an American, I notice that we lack ritual and tradition around food. As a result, I firmly believe that is one of the causes to our overall unhealthy relationship with food and alcohol.
Recently, I caught up with Tuscanycious and took them around to my favorite food and drink haunts in Florence to break down the basics in Aperitivo and basic guidelines about food and wine pairing. The link is below:
The greatest message I want to convey is not that there are rules, but that one should take food and drink imbibing step by step. Make it a social event, and most importantly- eat and drink like you give a damn!
For the love of a daily drinking habit,
The Curious Appetite
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