Let’s Talk About Coffee: Understanding the Italian Coffee Culture

The origin story: Although the concept of coffee originated in the 15th century, its history in Italy began at the turn of the 20th century. In 1901, Luigi Bezzera, an inventor from Milan, concocted the idea to run pressurized water through coffee powder. Contrary to what some individuals think, espresso is not a bean or…

Foodie Nomad: Central Florence

  People often say it’s depressing to eat by yourself, and that can be true in certain settings. However, traveling solo doesn’t mean every meal has to be awkward. It’s simply a matter of finding the right places. Along with ambiance, cost is another top concern. The numerous cafes and restaurants I discovered are reasonably…

Florence’s Friday Night Music Scene

On Friday nights in Florence, the mood distinctly shifts. A leisurely air takes over by 5 pm, and the streets become crowded with weekend visitors and residents alike. One popular relaxation spot is Parco delle Cascine, which comes alive on weekends as families rent bikes or roller blades and friends lounge on the lawn under…

Giardino Serie: II

Come into the garden, Maud, For the black bat, night, has flown, Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone; And the woodbine spices are wafted abroad And the musk of the rose is blown. Excerpt from “Come into the Garden, Maud” Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron On Saturday morning, before the…

Giardino Serie: Post Uno Garden Series: I

First, let me just say I’m sorry this post is not on the Boboli Gardens as I promised. However, I happened upon another lovely setting during one of my morning explorations that I felt deserved recognition. Since Florence offers so many beautiful parks and gardens, I decided to start a Garden Series. Each post in…

Ciao da Firenze, Italia

It’s been a few days since I arrived, and the city is bustling with tourists and locals alike. As this is prime tourist season, the streets are much more packed than my visit last April. Although most people would likely classify the weather as hot, many of the old buildings remain naturally cool due to…

Small Batch PB Protein Cookies

If your tired of the usual breakfast oatmeal or snack bar, here’s a recipe to help you stay on track for 2018. These cookies are chewy, sweet, and salty with a slight crunch from the pepita seeds. They take less than 5 minutes to whip up and only 9 minutes to bake. In other words,…