Sunday, October 16, 2011

Walking Along the Arno: Italy Sketchbook

Walking along the Fiume Arno, in Florence, Italy, you don't know what you'll see. Though it's a city, wildlife is plentiful. In a way.

Fantasy Fishing

Fish. Big fish, small fish, freshwater fish, deep sea fish, ancient fish, today's fish. Fish are just great shapes to work with. So here are some more fish, fantasy and otherwise, for my readers to enjoy.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Squash Hunt, 2011, Part Two: Resolution

Well, it wasn't butternut (as per the recipe), but I did end up scoring two pieces of some sort of giant squash for this delicious squash curry soup (with apples and onions). The texture left a little something to be desired; the original recipe called for a food processor, which I don't have. Still, it was pretty yummy. Just goes to show you, any port, or squash, in a storm!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

La Specola, Firenze, Italy

La Specola is Florence's Natural History Museum. And, what a place! It's full of 18th and 19th century taxidermy and wax models of the human body. Definitely a "must-see" if you are in the area. Six euros well spent, I say. Weird, wonderful, and not to be missed.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Gal's New Best Friend

Meet my new best friend, "Gimi," a cart procured to tote groceries, my laptop, and other sundry items all over Florence. Gimi is a welcome addition to the family, especially in the heat here. Nothing says, "Let's buy some groceries" like a little two-wheeled help.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Can't Go Wrong With Cappuccino... And Jewelry

I recently had a cappuccino with Naomi Muirhead, fabulous metal worker and jewelry maker. See more of her work here and be amazed:  Naomi Muirhead's Work

Squash Hunt, 2011

Sometimes, all a gal wants is a butternut squash. Alas, it was not to be. Perhaps this week? I have soup to make, damn it! Janet Pritchard's curry squash soup, to be exact. It promises to be excellent, depending upon whether or not I can find the key ingredient... when in doubt, though, you can always still enjoy an Italian cigar and some merlot.