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Cooking lesson at Mamma Florence

Today I attended a cooking lesson at Mamma Florence cooking school. It was amazing. We made pear and pecorino salad, spinach/ricotta ravioli, taglierini con limone, mashed pumpkin with thyme and caramelized goat cheese, and two kinds of biscotti for dessert. I also improved my knife skills and learned several re-usable cooking tricks. This place is absolutely great!

I didn’t take many photos, obviously because my hands were messy the whole time, but here are some:

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I love walking around this city. There are lots of narrow cobblestone streets that diffuse the traffic and lots of cool shops. The city is full of great art, big and small, old and new:

I went up to the Piazzale Michelangelo and got great views of the city.

I visited the Basilica di Santa Croce, where several historical figures are entombed: Florence Nightingale, Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and the opera composer Gioachino Rossini.

I’ve had some great food. The best thing about restaurants in Italy is all of the fresh-baked bread.

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I know, I’m behind in posting…

I have tons of pictures to sort through before I do. I’ll have some time tomorrow on the train to Bologna. For tonight, I will leave you with something I learned today.

Grappa is delicious. It’s like if wine and whiskey had a baby.

It is also dangerous. 😛

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Florence Day 1

Took the train to Florence today then walked along the Arno river. I think I might already be in love with this city. It’s much more chill than Rome was, there’s a lot of really interesting decorative details, and there are a bunch of quirky shops.

I had the most AMAZING dinner at Osteria di Pitti: ribollita (hearty vegetable and bread stew) and gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce and walnuts. For dessert, I had freshly baked cantucci (almond biscotti).


The Biggest Perk of My Job…

…is that I get to indulge my love of gastro-tourism. A trip to California is never complete without a visit to In-N-Out Burger.

A Snap of my In-N-Out Burger
A Double-Double with Fries