I want to thank each and every one of you that liked my status, commented on it, sent me a private message, or a FB message about yesterday’s post. That post seriously came out of left field- I wrote it wearing pajamas without any coffee pumping through my veins and I am completely SHOCKED at the incredible response it has generated. So thank you. And it’s comforting to know that everyone goes through these troubles, in one form or another. Check out all of the amazing comments on the Facebook post. Thank you, again.
And now back to the billion Italy posts I have queued…
Everyday in Italy was awesome and different, but in my opinion, this day in Florence was top 3! Maybe even top 2. As soon as we started making plans for Italy, I knew I wanted to take a cooking class.
“A cooking class in the hills of Tuscany!”, I thought. But do a Google search of that and it produces wishy-washy results, so we narrowed it down (and by we, I mean I) to Florence and after hemming and hawwing over a bunch of classes that are either way too expensive (hey $300 for the day) or too many people (class of 25+), we decided on Cook, Eat, Italian.
The classes are in the teacher’s home (her name is Manuela) and they are small group (max 6 people). Manuela has been doing the classes long enough (over 5 years) to know how to keep it moving, but also let you do a lot of the work. Plus, she has a really fun personality and adds so many personal touches. AND she has an amazing kitchen with a view. *Heart eyes emojis*
It isn’t cheap, but if you like cooking and learning new recipes, it’s 100% worth it. I really wanted Luis to join me, so he agreed to come. I chose the general cooking class (as opposed to pasta, or pizza, etc).
We learned so many new things and while the class felt long at times (and we were hungry), I thought it was such a great experience!
Manuela sends all of the recipes, so there was no need to write anything down. We could just enjoy the class and have fun!
And we learned so many things, like how to make tomato sauce that ISN’T watery, or how to make bruschetta the right way (and how to pronounce it). We learned the secret to moist meatballs (don’t use store-bought bread crumbs), and the recipe for a light, fresh summer version of tiramisu.
We rented a scooter for the afternoon with Alinari rental.
I really should have used knee, elbow, and wrist pads, And probably complete body armor. But the views were absolutely incredible. Without the scooter, we never would have seen this little hidden gem.
hey helmet hair! We drove the scooter back down the mountain, parked it for a minute and stopped to see The Great Synagogue of Florence, which was huge and incredibly impressive in it’s size and beauty.
Lizzie McGuire would approve of this day.