Trattoria Zaza


I was recommended that I take a visit to Trattoria Zaza located right next to the San Lorenzo market in the center of Florence. I was told that their pasta was decadent, the prices were great, and  the experience would cultivate lovely food memories. I made sure to get reservations, because the place gets hopping. There {Read More…}

Agriturismo La Casa De Rodo: Pure Relaxation and Luxury


After having the most incredible rustic Tuscan countryside experience at Agriturismo San Leo, I figured that I should take Jared to share in a similar situation. However, I didn’t want to take him somewhere I had already been. I wanted us to be able to experience something new together. So after hours of researching on the internet, {Read More…}

How to Blow People’s Minds: A Pasta Workshop


So although I have had the absolutely INCREDIBLE opportunity to bake pastry 24/7 until it is coming out of my ears, eyes, and nose, I have had this lingering itch to cook Italian. And when I say “cook,” I mean produce food that isn’t primarily made of butter, sugar, and cream.Something that can be eaten {Read More…}

So I Decided To Go to Pastry School

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As I start midterms today, I thought it would be beneficial to take a few moments and reflect on what I have learned so far as a Baking and Pastry major at Apicuis International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be writing study sheets about {Read More…}

A Tuscan Postcard: Medieval Towns and Vineyards


Last weekend, I took a day trip titled “Tuscany and its Vineyards.” As you can see from the picture, the views were impeccable. In fact, multiple times throughout the day, I was simply left… speechless. We were bused first to the small medieval town of Pienza, south of Firenze. The town, conceived by the Pope Pius II sits onto of {Read More…}

How To Consume Massive Amounts of Food: A Field Guide to Il Latini

Almond Cream Cake

Before I boarded my plane to Italy, Rachel Ray and I had a very important discussion (via magazine). She made sure to tell me her favorite Italian restaurants and that two of them were in the very place that I was going to. Woah. So, obviously, I have already been to two of them, and {Read More…}

My Kind of Bar Hop

My Kind of Bar Hop

After spending an entire afternoon on the history of traditional Italian restaurants, the topic changed to bars and panini shops. A “bar” in Italy simply refers to place that sells coffee (and typically, pastries). But first, because we were going to be focusing on pastry, our teacher surprised us with several industrially made cookies. In {Read More…}

A History of Italian Restaurants


This weekend’s seminar titled Restaurants and Wine Bars was completely fascinating. So much so, that I thought it would be beneficial for me to share a few tidbits of the plethora of information that my brain consumed. We were introduced to a few very very old restaurants throughout the city, and went on a walking tour to {Read More…}

Alone In an Airport


This was my journal entry as I was waiting in the Barcelona airport before arriving to Menorca. Being alone in an airport is something very difficult to describe. The stores are closed, the automatic sidewalk slowly starts to shut off, people just aren’t moving anymore. Everything is still. Actually, I become still…and peaceful, and strangely, {Read More…}

Solociccia: Making Friends and Feasting on Meat


I have to admit, the first few weeks I was in Florence, the food did little to wow me. I was confused. It was a hard concept to swallow. I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to get amazing Tuscan food, and thought that Florence (the capital of Tuscany) would be the place to do {Read More…}