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Florence Cocktail Week is back shaking- round 2! (2017)

last year’s FCW winner Julian Biondi w/ Neri Fantechi of (sadly) closed Florian (Julian and Neri still stirring @ Mad Souls & Spirits on Borgo San Frediano)

Remember last year when I raved about Florence doing a Cocktail Week? It’s back and this time with grit. What is Florence Cocktail Week? To sum it up simply, this is a competition between 16 of the city’s trendiest, competent and skilled bartenders/mixologists at their resident locales. Each will come up with a drink that they think is trophy worthy to serve during the week which the public can order PLUS events everyday dedicated to spirits. I.e. Cocktail and Vinyl pairing sessions (am I back in Seattle?! Drinks that pair with the best music- yes please!), gin-inspired farmhouse pop-up dinners, chef-led cocktail crawls and workshops Details & Calendar of Events in PDF HERE! Continue Reading

Where to Eat in Florence for Easter (Pasqua and Pasquetta)

sorry, bah babes. You’re what’s for lunch and dinner this weekend

(UPDATED APRIL 2017)

Unless you will be munching with your family or friend’s family this Sunday (Pasqua) and Monday (Pasquetta) in Florence, then you might find this post useful. If you happen to be going to someone’s home for Easter, don’t forget to pick up a chocolate egg- preferably from Vestri in Piazza Salvemini if at all possible. You can never have too much chocolate on Easter, right?

me with one of my best friends on this planet and her darling family about to break the chocolate easter egg. Spoleto, Umbria 2007!!

Not all restaurants in Florence are closed on Pasqua or Pasquetta, in fact some of them drum up really special menus for the occasion. And not all will have special Easter menus- which I note in my suggestions.

Here are 10+ ideas for valid eateries in Florence worth considering for your Easter Sunday and/or Monday meal. Plus links to dining outside Florence and food blogs to create some Italian Easter food at home.Β  Continue Reading

Food Events + Tips for Middle East Now Festival 2017

(Photo credit: Middle East Now, Juma Kitchen)

I may have mentioned several times the Middle East Now festival in Florence is around the corner, April 4th-9th to be exact. In it’s 8th edition and I can safely say this is my favorite festival in Florence. Sorry, Gelato Festival! The word for foreigner is “stranger”, straniero. And the word “strange” rooted in (Italian: strano). It is events like these that showcase that foreign cultures are not strange, but in fact really fascinating a beautiful. They provide a window into a understanding into societies that are too often misunderstood. Continue Reading

Ristorante Persiano Tehran: Persian Food in Florence

Before I left for Iran, I had lunch at a new Persian restaurant in Florence called “Tehran.” With intention, I wanted to wait until I returned from my vacation in Iran in order to see if the memory remained. If the flavors could fare well to what I would eventually devour in the capital of Tehran itself. At times, I feel perplexed with the online blogging world. We obsessively upload experiences without taking a moment to let the memory sink in, often off to the next food paparazzi event. While I may not post as much as I’d like to, what I do post is something that has left a memorable mark. And most of all, what I genuinely wish to share. In a way, I am finding reason in my infrequency- as a sort of quality filter you may say.Β  Continue Reading

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