Weekly Wanderings #27 – Oregon Coast, Florence

Bandon was really beautiful, the rock formations on the beaches kept Mr. Misadventures entertained for hours. The town has a cool vacation vibe, the weather is absolutely perfect (for the Misadventures family) and the seafood is delectable. We've been eating rock fish and Chinook salmon almost everyday. Dungeness crab just about every other. We missed the whole dungeness season that we normally … [Read more...]

Sandwich Travels

August is National Sandwich month! Despite not being a huge fan of sandwiches, there are many that I love around the world and I thought it would be fun to share my favorites. France - my absolute favorite is ham and butter on a baguette, a classic.  When I first move to France I thought this was the most bizarre combination, that is, until I tasted it. Forget mustard. Forget mayonnaise. The … [Read more...]

Florence Scenes

Mr. Misadventures and I took thousands of pictures during our trip to Italy. Between our food tour in Florence, our Tuscan countryside adventures heading to Siena, our Context Travel Tour in Siena, our under the Tuscan sun wanderings, and the amazing rooftop at the Westin, lots and lots of photos were taken! Here are some "leftovers" from Florence that are too pretty to not share!  Thanks too … [Read more...]

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The Westin Excelsior Florence

During our time in Florence we stayed at the Westin Excelsior Florence. We stayed there during our trip to Italy in 2007 and had absolutely loved the beautiful suite we had for three glorious days. And while we didn't have a suite this time, our room, as well as the hotel in general, is in a really great location, the rooms are amazing and the views of the Arno river are gorgeous. Would you … [Read more...]

Adventures In the Tuscan Countryside

Remember that trip to Tuscany I took that one time.  Yes, the one last year.... Well [more of] the posts are coming!  We returned home one year ago this week, so why not celebrate by letting the posts I wrote see the light of day! Many of the photos were taken by Mr. Misadventures and you can find his full Tuscany portfolio (and many other spots we have traveled to) on his site, Sel & … [Read more...]

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Obika Mozzarella Bar Florence

  During our amazing Florence for Foodies tour, we passed by Obika Mozzarella Bar, which just happened to be next to Procacci, the truffle store.  Our guide Adrienne said it was the best restaurant in Florence for Mozzarella di Bufala. Since that happens to be our all-time favorite summertime meal in the Misadventures household we swore right then and there to eat a meal there before we … [Read more...]

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Procacci Florence

Our first day in Florence we did a custom Context Travel tour, Florence for Foodies. During that tour one of stops was Procacci, an historic deli founded in 1885, which specializes in products with truffle. Walking into Procacci you are instantly enveloped into the deep musky smell that screams "truffles!" And I don't know about you, but my mind goes, "Yes, please!" During our first … [Read more...]

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Florence for Foodies

During my trip to Florence in 2007, the food did not leave much of an impression on me. I remember having great breakfasts in the morning, ones that consisted of good espresso and something like a croissant. And I recall a sumptuous bowl of Tuscan stew, but beyond that nothing that stuck out. That was 100% my fault. So sorry, Florence. I was wrong. Like we did in Kyoto, Mr. Misadventures … [Read more...]

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(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #211 – Florence Sweet Shop

There is something about sweet shops in Europe. I have seen them all over France and other cities like London, Barcelona, etc. There is still artisanal pride not only in the creation of housemade delicacies but in their display. This is a display of Italian sweets in Florence is from the Caffè Gilli in the Piazza della Repubblica, a wonderful spot with locals and tourists alike. Coffee, cafe … [Read more...]

Dinner alla toscaza

Florence has one of the greatest cultural and artistic heritages in the world. But apart from being a culture paradise it is also a culinary mecca, as it concentrates the best of Italian cuisine with the specific cuisine of the Tuscan region, considered by many to be the best of Italy. The landscape of Tuscany is known for its beautiful fields with herbs, vines, fruit trees, olive and chestnut … [Read more...]