Man oh man, it’s been a painful few months knowing I had a very popular/read post just dying to be updated. Mostly, I wanted to update my article on Aperitivo in Florence because there were some spots that have gone horribly downhill and it took some personal visits to realize horrifically how disgusting they were in both terms of service and quality. It’s a real bummer when recommendations get outdated, usually due to a rise in popularity, If people catch on to a good place in Florence, it usually doesn’t stay secret for long (which should usually be a good thing!) Unless locales are prepared for the increased volume, they usually can’t keep up with providing consistent quality and service.
And while I was at it, I realized the article I wrote on Where to Eat in San Niccolo (the area near Piazzale Michelangelo) was also a bit outdated so I cleaned it up, with a realization that most places in that area suck. Florence, what is wrong with you?! (Sometimes) Continue Reading →
Why hello! Long time no peeps, tweets or posts. Well, not so true. I blurt out things here and there whether it’s a recipe or an event, but I’ve been quiet on the food and drink “digest” front for many reasons and one of them was working really hard on some freelance articles, such as a recent piece I wrote for Eater.com
In addition to starting to write for awesome publications like Eater, I’ve been busy with hunting down the latest and best in food and drink, leading tours, “researching” and following my curiosity down the rabbit hole. A most fulfilling development is that I’ve been taking private wine lessons with one the most revered sommeliers/wine professionals in the industry. I have so many ideas for new posts such as digesting these wine lessons with food pairing ideas, creating new food and drink lists and experimenting more in the kitchen. Alas, my brain is on the edge of being toasted. Continue Reading →
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