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Superpowers, Fabulous Eats and Stories in Florence

photo by Tracy Russo

Usually I post about food but I wanted to start by sharing my experience with a monthly community event which I’ve been really enjoying- hopefully you’ll start attending too! Linda and Steve from the Beehive in Rome have brought their monthly open-mic like storytelling sessions from Rome to Florence, and every month at Todo Modo (lovely bookshop cafe with stellar wines) there is a theme in which stories are centered.

Last night’s theme was superpowers- I was late so didn’t get myself organized in order to sign-up for a story. But I wanted to tell it somehow. Continue Reading

Cocktail Making in Florence, curses to wordpress and other updates

 

photo credit: Martino Dini

I’m writing with a heart partially broken, I’d been working on a draft for DAYS and I was about to publish and guess what happened- it disappeared! So you’ll have to forgive me for the fast and furiousness of this post as I am having to write it all over again. Curses to you, wordpress!

Maybe this is symbolic? In the draft which is no more, I had delved into how I feel about starting over in a sense in regards towards my next step in life, which will involve more of San Francisco (stay tuned!) So perhaps this is a taste of what is to ensue over the next several months. Putting energy into something new only for it to dissipate into thin air. Picking yourself up despite the discouragement, and muster the energy back to the drawing board. Good ol’ trial and error, lesson learning and all that! Continue Reading

Back in Florence, Best Bars and Conde Nast Traveler Clips!

Photo Courtesy of Manifattura Tabbacchi one of Florence’s best bars on Conde Nast Traveler

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! Continue Reading

Where to eat in Florence on Christmas Eve/Day (updated 2018)

photo credit: Silvio Palladino
photo credit: Silvio Palladino

Are you looking for where to eat in Florence on Christmas day? Fear not, traveling food lovers! Curious Appetite did all the dirty work of calling around Florence, even across the world!

If you are interested in small-group culinary tours Christmas Eve & Day, consider my progressive dining crawl! And on New Year’s Eve we will be doing a special Aperitivo Food & Wine Tour in Florence- details on inclusions & tickets HERE

The pickings for what’s open in Florence on Christmas day are tight & clean including Persian kebab, Georgian dumplings, traditional spots for Florentine fare & steak and pasta & pizza bars. I first compiled this list in 2016 and keep it updated for your dining delight.  Continue Reading

Where to find the best gelato in Florence

(original post in 2015, updated in September 2018)

pistachio, rose, lavender…perche no?

Where oh where does one find the best gelato in Florence?

Anywhere, right? It’s Italy! It’s Florence- the birthplace of gelato! You can’t go wrong! No- WRONG! Finding quality gelato in Florence is more difficult than you think. Italy has a plethora of quality raw ingredients- yet establishments in touristic cities like Florence continue to favor business/profit margins over preserving gelato’s integrity. Finding a worthy cone in the historical center is tough but not impossible.

Florence has a particular fondness of gelato because it is said to be its the birthplace. On my gelato tours in Florence, we chat about the key figures of gelato’s beginnings: Cosimo Ruggieri, Bernardo Buontalenti and Francesco Procopio (Francesco was actually from Sicily and this is where the gelato origin wars start to ensue).

As one of my guests once said  “basically we’ve learned that Florence invented everything.” Exactly. I mean, how can you not boast a city that gave the world the (standard) Italian language, gelato and the negroni? Continue Reading

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