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Florence: Day 86

Today we continued our farewell tour to our favorite places in Florence. First, we went to the seafood stand in the Mercato Centrale for a plate of fried cod and calamari with white wine. It was incredible as always! Note: wine costs the same as water and less than Coke! Later in the afternoon, we […]

Florence: Day 85

We have officially begun our farewell tour of Florence. With only a few days left, we are trying to savor everything we love and will miss about this city. For lunch today, I cooked at home with some ingredients that are not easy to find back in the states. I made trofie pasta (tied with […]

Florence: Day 84

Today was Joe’s birthday and father’s day. Joe went out at midnight the night before to watch the Italy World Cup game and was also heading out at 5:00pm to watch another local sporting event, so it was a lower-key day from a food perspective. The one thing we did do was get a pizza […]

Florence: Day 83

Today began the weekend celebration of Father’s Day and Joe’s Birthday, so we started by enjoying our last lunch out at a new restaurant. Buca dell’Orafo was recommended on Giada De Laurentiis’ website with a rave review, also mentioning the chef in the kitchen was an American girl in her twenties (http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/giada/faves/9/florence). I was intrigued […]

Florence: Day 82

Today I took my ninth cooking class. A beautiful cooking facility opened in the new upstairs portion of the Mercato Centrale since we have been here. It is an extension of La Scuola di Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici, which is a culinary school in Florence. I am so excited I got to take a class […]

Florence: Day 81

We had such great luck with the recommended restaurants near Santo Spirito (see Osteria Santo Spirito on days 41 & 71 and Trattoria Casalinga on day 44), we wanted to be sure to try the third restaurant that had been recommended in that area, Gusta Osteria. This restaurant was fantastic as well! We started with […]

Florence: Day 80

I had made a “clean out the fridge” risotto a couple days ago. I chopped up a bell pepper and a red onion that needed to get eaten and threw in some frozen peas as well. And we had arborio rice in the cupboard, so a risotto was easy to throw together. I ended up […]