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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

Florence is doing a Cocktail Week! April 11th-17th 2016

Photo Credit: Florence Cocktail Week

Is this London? Is this Milan? No! It’s Florence! The teeny tiny Tuscan village town that is doing its best to strut its fancy stuff in the modern food and drink arena!

This post should come with a disclaimer and a slight criticism that pretty much everything cool that happens/opens here is extremely cryptic and difficult to get concise information for. Is it because they are trying to invoke the “speakeasy” spirit? Boh!

Alas, this is just one of the many quirks of the Florentine culture: only those in the know or who know those in the know actually know when there are cool things like a friggin’ cocktail week happening.

Why so critical, you ask? It’s not like your blog is all that organized! Fair enough! But hey, I lead really unique food & drink crawls, such as an Aperitivo drink & food tour in Florence which you should take advantage of during cocktail week (mention this post or read the very end for a tip for a special deal) Continue Reading

Taste Food Festival in Florence 2016

(credit: Pitti Immagine http://www.pittiimmagine.com)

Hey there! Apologies for being a teensy bit late on this, but the night I wanted to make a post on this, I was actually at a Taste event on Thursday…! Which you did not miss anything but an overpriced aperitivo (25eu) and a poorly printed (with sloppy google translated) release of a “foodie” guide to Florence from Firenze Spettacolo. The book you then could buy at a “promo” cost of 5eu. The guide itself was nothing surprising and somewhat hit-and-miss in terms of recommendations and in my opinion, not worth the 12 euros (the non-promo listed price.)  The event itself was saved by cool snack stands present such as Gastronomia Galanti and Trattoria Da Burde (serving up Ribollita and Farinata soup) but other than those 2 and an outdated hotel space, the event was worth missing.

Despite my bittersweet kick-off experience to the events for Pitti Taste, there are more legit food-centric events worth checking out, I promise. What is Pitti Taste/Fuori di Taste? It’s an annual FOOD festival where basically there are special dinners, lunches, demos, events and tastings held at restaurants, bars and cooking schools around town to showcase excellency and new tricks in the Tuscan food scene deemed Fuori di Taste events. There is also a central showroom space (Stazione Leopolda) where loads of purveyors are present to sample and taste off their goods. The cool part of this event is say you’ve been curious about L’Ora di Aria, Florence’s 1 Michelin star “innovative” restaurant and Marco Stabile– during Taste you can sample a special menu at a promo price (just 45eu for Michelin-star dining) Of course, Michelin-star is not-the-end-all-be-all of fine dining. For those really interested in cuisine, experiencing (and understanding) the whole Michelin craze is beneficial for getting a well-rounded understanding of culinary culture.      Continue Reading

New Event: Art Walk + Renaissance Mixology Oct 9th 2015 4pm

One of Mayday’s tasty herbal provisions- come and try this Friday October 9th 2015

Hello readers! I’m quickly writing to let you know I will be teaming up with art and history expert Alexandra Lawrence for a special Walk + Talk event this Friday October 9th!

Here is the event details from Alexandra’s Facebook page:

Walks and Talks Renaissance Art + Aperitivo

“How did people really eat, drink, live and love during the Renaissance? We will attempt to answer this with a visit to Palazzo Davanzati and the exhibition “Il sole in casa”, which explores daily life through Italian ceramics. Different domestic objects in the palazzo—ranging from furniture to famous 14th c. frescoed stories on the bedroom walls—illustrate gender roles, home décor, food culture, the role of the minor arts and artisans in Renaissance homes, and much more.

Walks and Talks Renaissance Art + Aperitivo Mayday

After the visit, join us for a private guided tasting of Renaissance elixirs by Florence’s most seasoned and fascinating mixologist at Mayday. Go back in time to imbibe historical medicinal liqueurs, house-made essences, Renaissance potions and potent concoctions, all paired with artisan cheeses that were nibbled during the same time period. We will be accompanied by local food blogger Curious Appetite (that’s me!) who is on top of the contemporary food and drink scene in town and who will give us a deeper understanding of the cocktail and elixir culture of Florence’s most defining era. Not to be missed!”

For those of you in town and would like to combine a fascinating art walk lead by one of the most sought out art history experts in Florence (Alexandra) with a potion stop to imbibe in some Renaissance mixology at Florence’s truly speakeasy craft cocktail lounge, contact me thecuriousappetite@gmail.com or Alexandra exploreflorence@gmail.com to RSVP

details: Friday October 9th 2015. Time: 4-7pm location: meeting point will be released to all upon RSVP

cost: Contact for inclusive pricing for the art walk and the post-walk Renaissance-themed aperitivo. This event is private and we get exclusive access to Mayday and special drinks off the menu, as well as various tastings from their mixology lab. There will be light food pairings included.

inclusions: A guided fused art and food/drink walk with 2 local experts with a truly unique theme!

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Space is limited- reserve your spot today.

In your quest for time travel (and good booze),

Curious Appetite

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Aperitivo + Dinner Event: Vogue’s Fashion Night Out September 17th 2015

(credits: dariawiki.org. “The Fashion Club.”)

Vogue’s Fashion Night Out is basically the night where I realize how much I am not “with it,” my outfits probably make no sense and that I should eat rice cakes and fat free yogurt for the rest of my life. It also painfully reminds me how much I cannot wear heals and how Florentines put the icing on the glitz and glamour cake. I may sound like an embittered Daria, but let’s face it- Italians and their well-dressed immaculate put-togetherness makes us question our outwardly presented existence. Unless you are one of those people who moved here and learned how to emulate the well-dressed gods who grace these Renaissance streets, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. To be diplomatic at best, it is a night filled with flashy events, openings and shows, albeit shoving along the jam packed boulevards getting from one palazzo to the next. Continue Reading

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