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November 2, 2015
by May
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5 TASTY MEALS UNDER €5 IN FLORENCE

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MasterChips employees say Hello to all.

Are you a food-junkie in Florence who doesn’t always want to cook and have a wallet on a special diet? If yes, welcome to the club – this post is for you! Here are 5 tasty meals under £5 in Florence, Italy!

1. All’Antico Vinaio’s Panini (Via Dei Neri 74/R)

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This lively place is known to make the best panini in Florence! Whether one agrees or not, they always have a crowd of eager tourists and friendly pigeons hovering outside the shop for a taste. The staff is out-going and fun, and the £5 panini are the size of two palms combined! I personally loved the roasted-pork panino I had a few weeks ago. (*cough* Professor, notice I said “panino” instead of “panini” for the singular. *cough*) The place have no seating aside from a bench outdoor so many people take their panini to-go or eat them on the sidewalk with the pigeons. I recommend this place!

2. Kebab Babilonia’s Piadina Piccola (Via Dei Neri 73)

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I eat this way more often than I really should! The small piadina costs £4 and it will surely satisfy your tummy! Chicken, french fries, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and chilli paste all wrapped in one heavenly piadina – this meal will not disappoint you. The shop is located right across the street from the famous All’Antico Vinaio so it is usually overlooked during day-time BUT it opens late (I’m talking 4AM) when all the shops are closed, so it makes a great place to crash after a late night out. They have a few seats inside the narrow shop for those who refuse to sit on the sidewalk and eat like many other Via-Dei-Nerians. There are many other similar kebab shops in Florence but I write about this one because it is on my street!

3. Xing Wang’s Noodles (Via Degli Alfani 26R)

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I recently discovered this super affordable place. Everything on the menu is under £5, and they all come in decent portions. The fried noodles with shrimp, chicken and vegetables, pictured above, only costs £3! Aside from the noodles, they also have fried rice, spring rolls and other tasty food that can be found at a typical Chinese restaurant. You can sit-in at this restaurant which is always a plus. Great place!

4. Gusta Pizza’s Pizza Margherita (Via Maggio 46R)

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Located on the “other-side” of the Arno River, 5 mins away from Ponte Santa Trinita, this pizza shop attracts many tourists and locals with its freshly made pizzas. The basic Pizza Margherita, pictured above, costs £5. Bring a pen with you to the pizza shop because you can write your name on your order receipt and leave it beneath the clear table tops for memory-sake. You can sit-in at this place although every time I went, it was really crowded so I always took my pizza to-go. Recommended!

5. Master Chips’s Small Fries With Wrustle Sausages (Via Nazionale 22)

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Served in a paper cone with a stick, these Amsterdam fries and wrustle sausages taste DIVINE when paired with snack sauce! The fries come in three different sizes: small for £2.50, medium for £3.50 and large for £4.50. If you ask me, I would say small is a more-than-enough portion and would recommend adding the wrustle sausages which will cost you £1 more. The staff is great and the location is very convenient since it is near Santa Maria Novella Station. Obsessed!

I hope you get a chance to try these meals! Let a sista know if you have any other recommendation. :)

Ciao ciao,

May

October 26, 2015
by Stephanie
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Outside the Classroom

Those of us in the Fashion Design program here, first and second year, have a rigorous class load, just like in New York. Despite a busy schedule, we still have the chance to enjoy some of the amazing things that Tuscany and the neighboring areas have to offer. Our FASA: Florence Abroad Student Activities Group has been phenomenal at planning events. So far we have done bike rides, soccer games, and Perugia’s chocolate festival.
Tuscan countryside

Tuscan countryside

 

Last week a group of us went on a bike ride through the hills of Chianti, just northeast of the city. Tuscany Cycle took us out of the city for the afternoon and showed us around. It was a beautiful ride through the the rugged landscape full of olive trees, vineyards, and really big hills. It was a crisp, clear Sunday and we could see for miles, there were small towns sprawled along some of the hills in the valley below. We rode a loop around the top of one of the hills, going up and down. It was a lot of work getting the bikes back up the hills, most of us having get off half way up and push our bike the rest of the way. It was very amusing to our Professor accompanying us, I could see why it was amusing to watch us all run attempt to tackle the hills. After finishing the bike ride we learned about the making of olive oil and wine at the Fattoria Lavacchio. It is an organic farm where there are no chemicals used in the making of their products. Our day away from the city was finished with a fantastic lunch of pasta, salad, meat and cheese, and the freshest apple cider I have ever had. Delicious. At a place called Bottega del Mulino, sitting upon the most picturesque hill of all.
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Lunch time

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Fattoria Lavacchio. The organic farm that makes wine and olive oil.

Fattoria Lavacchio. The organic farm that makes wine and olive oil.

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This weekend was Perugia’s chocolate festival. Perugia is located in the region Umbria, just south of Tuscany. Perched on a hilltop, this city is full of medieval architecture, breathtaking panoramas, and delicious treats. The Euro chocolate festival has been held every October since 1993 and runs over the course of 9 days. The cobblestone streets are taken over by carts and shops full of chocolate. There is also chocolate art displays, tastings, street performances, and chocolate sculpting.
View from Perugia. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

View from Perugia. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

 

Chocolate Festival. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

Chocolate Festival. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

 

Perugia. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

Perugia. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

Chocolate Sculptures at the chocolate festival. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

Chocolate Sculptures at the chocolate festival. Photo taken by Michaela Hall.

Also this weekend was the Fiorentina VS Roma fùtbol game. A huge rivalry, which meant for a large turn out. I have never seen so many people wearing purple, which is Fiorentina’s colors. The stadium is located in the northeast corner of the city by the second train station where we had to take a pedestrian bridge across. From here you could see the steady stream of people heading into the game, decked out in Fiorentina gear. The stadium was full and everyone was buzzing. Of course the Rome fans were kept separate from the Florence ones. They were located in the corner with only two small sections to themselves. However, despite their smaller numbers they were definitely heard. Chanting and yelling the whole game. It was a rough game for Florence, having lost 2-1. Despite this it as a blast to be in the stands where everyone is so passionate and invested in their team. We’ll get them next time.

Ready for the game!

Ready for the game!

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A big thanks to our FASA for providing us with these great chances to have experiences unique to Italy. It has given us an opportunity to de-stress from classes and take part in something new. I know I’m not the only one excited for the events to come.

October 19, 2015
by Rose
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The Truth Behind Being a Fashion Design Student Abroad

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Even though you’d think that we would be exploring Florence everyday and traveling all over Europe, the reality of being a design student is having to work most of the time and not have all the free time we really wish we had. Schoolwork is an important part of everyday life here but we are lucky enough to be able to study at a lovely school in such an amazing city. The main campus, Villa Favard, is absolutely breathtaking: every surface is coated in white and gold carvings that all reflect off the mirrored walls and you can’t help but look up at the marvelous paintings on every ceiling. Here, we have all of our history, art, and Italian courses while the classes that require sewing machines and larger rooms are held at the new design lab in Scandicci.

The design lab in Scandicci.

The design lab in Scandicci.

Once a week, we Fashion Design 2 students hop on the tram to take the quick 20 minute ride to the design lab where we will be staying for basically the entire day. The draping class is seven hours long, which may sound daunting but actually goes by rather quickly as we get lost in our work and the class ends before we know it.

Our draping classroom.

Our draping classroom.

Me working with neoprene.

Me pinning part of my project.

Angie working with her fabric.

Angie working with her fabric.

Ana and Tatiana draping side by side.

Ana and Tatiana draping side by side.

We recently took a trip to a fabric warehouse with our draping professor and, amidst a sea of fabric rolls, we hunted for materials to use for our term garments and other two final projects. Unlike in New York, there aren’t any affordable fabric stores in Florence so we had to make the most of this visit while we were there. Also, there is absolutely no way to get swatches here besides the small swatch room in the design lab so I highly advise incoming students to bring as many of them as possible!

Bring way more swatches than you feel is necessary - I brought 4 bags full!

Bring way more swatches than you feel is necessary – I brought 4 bags full!

Living in Florence has its perks for us Fashion Design students because this is the city where Italian fashion really got its roots and high fashion is still an important part of Florentine society today. When our teachers send us out to do market research, all it takes is a quick walk over to Via de’ Tornabuoni to see the latest pieces from Ferragammo, Gucci, Armani, Pucci, and many of the other famous Italian designer brands that we all know so well. In our Fashion Art and Design class, we have been learning about Italian brands and focusing on themes such as the shows at Palazzo Pitti in the 1950s and Elio Fiorucci’s ready-to-wear empire in the ‘80s for design inspiration. There are so many amazing Italian designers and so much history here in Florence that I had never known about before and it is interesting to see how this part of Italian culture differs from what we learned about in New York.

Gucci window display on Via de' Tornabuoni.

Gucci window display on Via de’ Tornabuoni.

Well, that’s all for now. Hopefully I haven’t scared anyone off by writing about the workload we have here – don’t worry, we still find some time to explore Florence and experience new things in the city!