The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year?

The 4th Year In Italy: Is It The Deciding Year? July 14th began the start of my 4th year living in Florence. In the title, I questioned whether it is the deciding year because a lot of expats I have known have either returned to America or moved on to another city after living in Florence […]

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Crostata tiramisù

Crostata tiramisù INGREDIENTS for a 28cm tart: For the base: 2 eggs, 250 g flour, 150 g sugar, 70 ml of vegetable oil, 50 ml of milk, lemon peel, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon yeast , 60 ml of sweetened coffee to wet for the mascarpone cream: 2 yolks, 150g sugar, 400g of mascarpone, […]

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Conan & Jordan’s Wine Tasting in Chianti

Conan & Jordan’s Wine Tasting in Chianti If you’ve been wine tasting, you know what it is supposed to be like.  From swirling the glass, checking the color, tasting and then describing the wine.  This clip is a bit different!  It is a comical look at wine tasting with Conan & Jordan in Chianti.  Enjoy! […]

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Italian Phrases Tourists Should Never Use

Italian Phrases Tourists Should Never Use Here are the top 10 Italian phrases that tourists should not use while vacationing in Italy or in fact anywhere.  Some of these statements are just offensive and aren’t even nice for anyone to say even if not a tourist.  Although one’s first reaction might be to use common […]

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Recommended Restaurants —The Real Deal!

Recommended Restaurants —The Real Deal! We all have different tastes and know what we like. Visiting a new country is about stretching your comfort zone and experiencing something new, but how far out do you want to reach? This isn’t a post listing restaurants I recommend in Florence. In fact, it is a post about […]

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Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti

Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti INGREDIENTS: YIELD: about 30 cookies                  4 eggs 3/4 cup (150 gr) of sugar 4 oz (115 gr) of unsalted butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract zest of 1 orange 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2⅔ cups (400 gr) of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking […]

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Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart Ingredients: Almond Chocolate Sweet Pastry 1 1/4 cups (160g) flour 1/4 cup (30g) ground almonds 1/4 cup (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup (50g) sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1 stick (110 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small (1/2-inch) cubes 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg 1-2 tbsp ice water Caramel […]

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Sgroppino

Sgroppino Sgroppino an Italian classic frozen cocktail is a refreshing drink during the summer months.  Normally made with only lemon sorbet, vodka and proscecco, here’s a video kicking it up a notch adding Campari to the mix.  Also, different flavors of sorbet are also used in addition to the traditional lemon sorbet in this video. […]

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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Here is a quick and easy recipe for sun-dried tomato pesto.  With just a few ingredients you can have a delicious sauce to use on bread or over pasta.  Enjoy! Ingredients 300g Sundried Tomatoes 40g Parmesan Cheese 35g Pine Nuts Handful of Basil 2 Cloves of Garlic Pinch of Salt 160ml of […]

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Prosecco Van

Prosecco Van Everyone has heard of the ice cream truck and you may have also heard of the cannoli cart,(video for cannoli cart is here)  but here comes the prosecco van!  This London based company tours the UK selling Italian prosecco on tap.  If you’re hosting a party, wedding or any kind of event, this […]

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