Curious Appetite

Trading Pizza for Peace- latest article on Eat Sip Trip (USA Today)

After being in the states for 2 months, and watching the MeToo & TimesUp movement unfold, I started to wonder where Italy was in this state of gendered affairs. In Florence, I’ve noticed demonstrations raising awareness about femicide, violence and stalking. Solidarity displayed with red shoes hanging from shops and installations in major squares. Red shoes, or “scarpe rosse” states a demand for the end of violence towards women.

My latest article covers a group of pizzaiole (women pizza makers) who have banded together to put on fundraiser pizza dinners where 100% of proceeds will go towards anti-violence centers starting with a dinner March 12th 2018 raising money for  P.E.T.R.A in the Verona area with intentions to make these dinners in pizzerie around the country.

Original article can be found here:

Meet the Italian women using pizza to fight inequality and abuse

This first dinner is already successful- it sold out more than a week before the date! COMPLIMENTONI! 

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{recipe!} Turmeric & Ginger rich Tuscan-inspired chili soup

 

Tuscan-inspired chili? Whatever could this mean?

There’s is a lot of debate of what makes a chili a chili, but to me a chili is a hearty bean & ground meat soup with spicy chili and some tomato. While this has no tomato and neither chili apart from dried chili flakes, the depth in spice is derived instead from raw turmeric root and ginger root. And instead of ground beef, this recipe calls for ground turkey which I order in advance from Luca Menoni at the Sant’Ambrogio market. Just call Luca up and let them know how much you want- 500grams (half-kilo) is minimum and I suggest getting a kilo, divided in 2 packs, one vacuum packed so you can throw in the freezer for later!

How’d ya get raw turmeric root in Florence? La Raccolta health food store in Sant’Ambrogio!

Ginger root is a thing in Florence so you can find it pretty much everywhere, albeit questionable in quality. However, the best roots can be found in Sant’Ambrogio from the sole Asian food stand, also Naturasi and La Raccolta for organic ginger. Continue Reading

{recipe!} Tuscan (chickpea) ceci & market romanesco soup

I love making soups. Especially after a cooking lesson with one of my chef friends Melissa of Musang Seattle (trained in Florence, now off doing badass things like cooking at the James Beard House, bringing Filipino flavor to Seattle’s pop-up scene and winning cooking battles on TV).

I detailed our little lesson in this post, and they are memories which have always stuck with me. My soup and risotto game haven’t been the same since. I’ve always believed in Melissa’s special touch and skill, a cook with soul and a rare kind of heart in the kitchen. Whenever I make soup, religiously using the tips she taught me in my once kitchen which gazed the Duomo from dusk till dawn, I hope to impart at least a small apart of soul the way she does in her food.

As I have mentioned a few times now on the blog, my intention is to share more healthy, seasonal recipes using what I find at the markets in Florence. I hope you enjoy this Tuscan-sourced vegetable forward soup pulsing with ceci (chickpeas). Pronounced “che-chi.” Continue Reading

Hacks for staying healthy as a food writer and while traveling

Happy new year, curious readers! You may have noticed if you follow me on social media I’ve been in the states, and of course hopping way through Los Angeles, Seattle and now San Francisco. This “staying healthy in the food industry” is a topic I’ve long wanted to go into depth about and what better a time then when we’re all touting our resolutions and intentions, some of which health driven.

Americans are spending billions more on going out to eat than they are on groceries, and (according to the article I linked ^) millennials are the largest generation in history with an appetite for eating out- on average going out to eat nearly 4 times a week! There are additional factors which contribute to a staggeringly well-oiled restaurant industry, like a nearly double fold increase in women in the workplace since the 1950’s (grazie to sorta kinda gender equality- nothing is mentioned about equal pay). There are websites that report solely about restaurants and I get paid to write for some of them- dining out culture is a huge thing- but at what cost to our health?

While traveling, it is inevitable that you’ll eat out more. I admittedly fall into that statistic of at least 4 times a week, if not 5 from a combination of work, convenience & as part of my social life. Eating out nearly every day is not only expensive, wasteful of resources & unsustainable on so many levels- it simply is not healthy. Oil (and not the scrupulous high quality kind we select for home use) and copious amounts of salt are just 2 of the sneaky rascals after our diet.

Travel is jarring healthwise since you aren’t in your kitchen nor in your routine, you’re around transport which emit either gas fumes or small levels of radiation, and are more likely to eat out more. This post will provide some useful tips and personal experience for how I as a food writer stay (or try to stay) healthy.

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