Firenze Files: Photos

I’ve returned from Italy and have been back in the States for almost four weeks now.  I’ve had many culinary adventures already which I hope to being sharing again, and I’ve finally cherry-picked some of my favorite photos from Italy to share.  Please enjoy them below.  Hover over each picture for a short caption or … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Food Presentation

Certain dishes and foods lend themselves well to grand and beautiful presentations. Things like sausage and bean stew on the other hand, do not. Or at least I haven’t found a way yet to make it as enticing on the plate or in a bowl as it is in the mouth, which is why I … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Restaurant Report

Ciao!  I am finally back with another post from the lovely Firenze.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with visits to Sienna, San Gimignano, Chianti, and the Amalfi coast.  Not to mention I’m still at school so I do have to go through the motions of homework and midterms and the like.  This post … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Power of Pork

Talk about fancy cooking equipment all you want, but I just made one of the best meals of my life in a cheap metal pot from IKEA, in a cramped rented kitchen, with limited hand-me-down utensils, on a persnickety old gas stove, on the fourth floor of an apartment building in a foreign country.  TV … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Experimenting with Fiorentine Food

As I’ve been learning more and more in photography class (such as how to use the camera in a mode other than “Auto,”), I’ve been taking much better pictures of everything from the streets here in Firenze to all the wonderful food here.  Here is a little chronicle of my evening of cooking, including a … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Cibo a Casa

In between longer journals, essays, and reflections, I thought I’d share pictures of food I’ve eaten, purchased, and made.  This particular post is about food I’ve enjoyed at the apartment thusfar, and “cibo a casa” means “food at home.”  I think taking pictures is the easiest way to represent food, so although I don’t have … Continue reading

Firenze Files:The Barista Next Door

I spent some time in the Piazza Santa Croce today reading a book and drawing in the sun. I went back out after dinner as well and wound up venturing into the Finesterae, a ristorante, bar (both alcoholic and coffee), gelaterie, and pastry shop.  Originally intending to sit for a short while with a good … Continue reading

Firenze Files: An Introduction

I have arrived in Italy!  Actually, I arrived two days ago, but in the frenzy of traveling and unpacking and seeing some of the city I haven’t had a chance to post anything concrete until now.  I’m studying abroad in Florence, which is called “Firenze” in Italy, which is called “Italia” in Italian, which is … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Arrival

We got off the flight at the equivalent of 3 am.  We had just spent eight hours waffling between nearly-unlimited movie choices, uncomfortable sleep, and the sound of constantly-crying babies.  The Munich airport was modern and bright, and I immediately adjusted to living in the daylight.  Despite not being hungry, the morning light signaled for … Continue reading

Caramelized Vegetables

A few months ago upon one of my visits to the Clifton Inn kitchen, I tried a preparation of a super simple ingredient that one of the chefs at the Clifton Inn dreamed-up.  It was cooked cabbage.  But it wasn’t stewed or braised or even fermented.  It was simply a big green cabbage, quartered, and … Continue reading