Posts made in January, 2010

Valentine’s Day in Tuscany Offers

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Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it is a great occasion to celebrate romantically in Tuscany. February is low season in Tuscany, and it is a great occasion to take advantage of the many beauties of this wonderful Italian region and the many discounted rental offers. There are many last minute holiday rentals that offer great romantic offers to spend Valentine’s Day in Tuscany. Here is a list of some accommodations that offer discounted stays in several parts of Tuscany. If you are looking for a stay near Pisa and are 2 couples then this is the place for you. For as little as 112 Euros per person you will stay for two nights in a lovely country house with bed and breakfast formula and included Valentine’s dinner. The dinner includes locally...

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Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Polenta

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A very typical Tuscan winter recipe! Ingredients for two people: - 2 pork chops - 200 grams of tomato pulp - 40 grams of dried mushrooms - 1 carrot - 1 onion - half liter of red wine - 2 cloves - 2 juniper berries - 1 tps of pink and black pepper - 1 clove of garlic - 2 tablespoons of olive oil Prepare the marinade the night before to flavor the meat. Use a glass container where the meat will result completely covered by the wine. Arrange the spices and the meat alternating layers, then cover with red wine. Seal with cover or plastic film then set to rest in the refrigerator overnight. The following day soak the mushrooms in warm water, then wash and chop the onion and carrot and set them in a large pan with oil to stir fry them over low heat. Now remove the pork...

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Japanese Restaurants in Florence

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After listing the Sushi places in Arezzo, here is a list of the Japanese restaurants in Florence. The city center of Florence offers a nice variety of Japanese restaurants where to taste not only great sushi and sashimi dishes, but also other typical Japanese dishes like Okonomiyaki, Tempura, Teriaky, Soba, and more. The growing popularity of the Japanese cuisine in a land that is so attached to its culinary origins is the expression of the times changing and evolving the traditionally closed Italian and Tuscan culinary tastes into accepting globalized tastes and foods. Florence has always been the mooring dock of all those entering Tuscany as visitors or immigrants. From here each day depart many people to find a stable position elsewhere in Tuscany. Many stay in...

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The Best B&B in The World

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The 2010 Travelers’ Best Choice Award results by Trip Advisor are out, and they include quite many in Italy, about six in Tuscany, but the greatest surprise is that the best B&B in the world has been elected Casa Portagioia in Castiglion Fiorentino, near Arezzo. Of course the B&B also gets the first prize as the best one in Europe, Italy and Tuscany. A little more information on Casa Portagioia. It is an elegant retreat in Tuscan countryside, with a very relaxed attitude. Here you will be able to recharge your energies amidst the wonderful and peaceful Tuscan natural landscape. Tuscany has much to offer, and you can explore it from here. Day tours to towns like Pienza, Arezzo Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena, Assisi, or Florence are possible thanks...

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Cantuccini or Prato Biscuits

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They have gained wide fame as one of the most typical Tuscan dessert. Most often accompanied by Vin Santo, Cantuccini, also called Biscuits of Prato, are a traditional ending to a Tuscan dinner or lunch. Golden, quite hard to the bite, incredibly tasty and rich of almonds that give them a delicious consistency. Many people often dunk Cantuccini in Vin Santo to combine the two flavors and soften the biscuit to the bite, but this totally spoils the many years of work and dedication that go into creating a great Vin Santo, therefore the advice is to sip it along a bite of Cantuccini without dunking. While Vin Santo is quite hard to accomplish at home, Cantuccini is an extremely easy recipe to make. Creating a batch of these typical Tuscan biscuits will give you a...

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