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Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Best Tips When Traveling to Florence

Most of my Olive Harvest Adventure Tours begin in Florence.  Not only is Firenze (Florence) my last name, but to me the most beautiful city in Italy.  I have compiled a list of the Best Tips When Traveling to Florence, if you have just a few days in Florence.  What to see/do Places Recommendations and Tips […]

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Olive Oil Sommelier Course

Olive Oil Sommelier Course

  Join the Olive Oil Sommelier Course in Tuscany, Italy held from October 23 – 27, 2017.  This is “A course for food lovers, olive oil tasters, gourmets, food enthusiasts and professionals.” It is a  “wonderfully exciting olive oil & food experience for those who want a deeper knowledge of the production, commercial processes, tasting and innovative use […]

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Fourth of July, Thomas Jefferson, and Olive Oil

Fourth of July, Thomas Jefferson, and Olive Oil

On a recent trip to Mt.Rushmore, I saw the stunning carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln.  With three friends, we took a selfie with Mt.Rushmore in the background.  I was second from the left and slanted my face upward.  I was Thomas Jefferson. As we are about to celebrate our most important national holiday, I […]

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2016 Be Italian for a Week

2016 Be Italian for a Week

Are you looking for an authentic Italian experience? Be Italian for a week! Spend a blissful time this fall in an ancient Umbrian olive grove; experience the true Italian lifestyle – the meals, the wine, the olive oil, the art, the people. For the past five years, our, Olive Harvest Adventures – Be Italian for a Week have been […]

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Cooking with Gigi

Cooking with Gigi

At the age of 98,  my mother, Gigi Firenze is still living alone and cooking everyday.  Even though I titled this article “Cooking with Gigi” – I am usually just the clean up person.  She loves cooking.  It is her life and she’s quite critical of almost everyone else’s cooking.   Written recipes are rare in […]

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3 Healthy Snacks for your World Series Party

3 Healthy Snacks for your World Series Party

The World Series starts at the end of October.  Are you hosting a party?  Serving only hot dogs?  Well, here are 3 healthy snacks  for your World Series party.   What you need:  country- style bread or baguette (sliced diagonally), sea salt, olives, garlic, fresh vegetables and your best extra virgin olive oil. 1.  Marinated Olives […]

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Olive Oil and the Olympics

Olive Oil and the Olympics

There’s something so thrilling about the Olympics that it’s hard not to be a huge fan. I’ve attended several Olympics in LA, Barcelona, and London.  While  extensive media coverage dominates the airwaves , I don’t recall any of the  reporters mentioning the importance of olive oil to the Olympics and the athletes.  Olive oil and the […]

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Real Men use Olive Oil

Real Men use Olive Oil

Show the man in your life that you care and give him some olive oil. Real men use olive oil. Not only can he stay healthy by drizzling this mono-unsaturated fat on his food, but he can also use it for a close shave that will keep his skin smooth and soft! That’s right, along […]

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The World's Largest Frittata

The World's Largest Frittata

Last November, during my Olive Harvest Adventure trip in Italy, I participated in a frittata-lover’s dream come true – an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for making the world’s largest frittata. The event was held in Fabro, a small medieval hamlet in Umbria, dominated by an 11th century castle and surrounded by thick […]

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EVOO & U:  Educating students about olive oil

EVOO & U: Educating students about olive oil

I am often asked to present at Culinary Arts and Food classes in high schools.  My course title:  EVOO & U is interactive, fun and educational.  This month’s article in Pressing Times  from the Olive Oil Source highlights a recent course that I presented at a high school in Northern California.  The interactive part was the “Taste […]

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