“Fuori di taste” 2014..

From 6-11 Mar 2014 Florence was full of delicious events due to Fuori di taste, the fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles.! Last year I attended only Boutique Nadine‘s event, but this year I had the chance to taste more in food and drink, and discover some new places around Florence!

Saturday for lunch I was at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro an amazing space between restaurant and wine bar along the Arno river. The event was called #ilgiroditaliaintrepiatti – a tour of Italy in three dishes prepared by the chef Andrea Campani. Later I visited the spectacular and inspiring furniture store Flair at Palazzo Gianfigliazzi Bonaparte, to taste the artisan chocolate Autore and Ivaldi’s Moscato D’ Asti. On Sunday I couldn’t miss Boutique Nadine‘s event “Marinai donne e guai” (sailors women and trouble). An unusual tasting of fish products, sweet temptations and lots of craft beer, all accompanied by the amazing performance of Compagnia Brick

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Andrea Campani – Allegra Giudici

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Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

– Lungarno Acciaiuoli 80r -50100 Florence +39 0550290423

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Flair (flagship store)

– Lungarno Corsini 24r – 50123 Florence +39 0552670154

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Stefano and Riccardo from gnam box

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Boutique Nadine

– Lungarno Acciaiuoli 22r – 50123 Florence +39 055287851

– Via de’ Benci 32r – 50123 Florence +39 0552478274

photos © chrysoula papagianni

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Rainbow and fireworks..

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, as every year on June 24th, Florence celebrated the feast of its patron, San Giovanni, with a series of exhibitions that involve the entire city. Unfortunately it was raining and some of the events were cancelled. Around 9 pm the rain stopped so the most spectacular event (at least for me!), the Fireworks of St John’s took place. Unfortunately this year i missed this beautiful show but i had the chance to witness an amazing rainbow on my way home! Below some photos of the unique rainbow and some of the fireworks from the past years..

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On the morning of June 24th, a Historic Parade starts from Piazza Signoria and continues towards the Baptistery of the Cathedral with an offering of candles for the patron. After the parade, a solemn mass follows with the exposure of the Saint’s relics. In the afternoon, it’s time for one of the most popular events linked to the Feast of San Giovanni is the Calcio Storico Fiorentino,  which is held in Piazza Santa Croce. After that in the evening, there is a traditional fireworks display in Piazzale Michelangelo called Fuochi di San Giovanni (St John’s fireworks), which draws a huge crowd, especially concentrated on the Lungarni (Arno river promenades). The fireworks normally begin at 10 pm, and of course you have to arrive a little bit earlier to find a nice spot from which to enjoy the show! Some of the best spots are at Ponte Santa Trinità, Ponte alla Carraia, Piazza Poggi and of course if you are lucky to have a balcony (or a friend with one) looking towards the river that’s always the best spot!

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

High beer..

From 8 | 9-11 Mar 2013 took place “Fuori di Taste”, the fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles. Fuori di Taste is dedicated to good eating and good living attended by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trade as well as an increasingly growing public of passionate foodies.

There were many events all around Florence. On Sunday i went to “High beer” at Boutique Nadine!  Boutique Nadine is a sophisticated concept vintage store in the center of Florence, owned by Irene and Matteo!

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“High tea”: a light meal in the late afternoon, made to replace dinner, born in the Victorian era for workers that would come home from work. Workers, Boutique Nadine will be expecting you for an unusual tasting of Birra del Borgo, Bodrato Chocolate and other sweet and savory bites made by Italian artisans.  There was a live performance by COMPAGNIA BRICK.

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After Boutique Nadine’s event, with Matteo, Nadia, Ines, Valentina and Domenico, we went at another event at UB, a great space 2 steps from Duomo! There was also a beer event there with the new TEKU glass dedicated to the event..

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photos © chrysoula papagianni

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