A Day of Art and More Food in Florence!

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Marron Glace - so delectable!

I think the herbal supplements worked because I was able to sleep 5 whole hours, but then I woke up with a sore throat.  (curses!)

Anyways, we had reservations to the Uffizi so we headed out ... but not before we stopped by the pastry shop from the day before to get some marron glace - candied chestnuts.  Oh my goodness!  They were sooooo good!  It was like tasting happiness in a little bite.  I had actually dreamed about them all night and they were better than I had imagined.  (yay!)

When we got to the Uffizi, we were able to get in pretty quickly since we made reservations beforehand.  I was starting to feel worse so I took a cold pill (thinking it was a daytime pill ...).  By the fifth room of madonna and child paintings, I thought I was going to pass out.

In front of the pastry shop - everything's delicious here!
  My mom was very excited about seeing the art at the Uffizi, so I endured like a trooper.  I wondered if I did in fact pass out, would my mom know how to get us back to our hotel?  Luckily that didn't happen.

Around lunchtime, after my mom also purchased a bag at Mercato Nuovo,  I managed to revive myself in anticipation of food.  I wanted to try Osteria Vin e Secchio, but when I found it, they were still closed - I guessed this based on the unintelligible grunts I received from the grumpy owner.  As I was about to pass out, I went into a local bakery/restaurant - Cantinetta dei Verranno for a quick bite.  They didn't really speak english so it was a little difficult at first, but I managed to order a prosecco and mushroom foccaccia for me and a mini olive pizza and cappuccino for my mom.

A close up of the marron glace.
  We ate like the locals on tiny benches on one side of the room - and the food was amazing (or I was starving).  The mushroom foccaccia was so fragrant and earthy, and my mom loved her pizza.

I still had room in my tummy, so we went in search of Procacci, which was known for its little truffle sandwiches.  There we had sandwiches and a bloody mary - odd, i know.  I ordered tomato juice and got a surprisingly well-made bloody mary.  While there, we saw an old man come in with a gargantuan dog (literally twice the size of the man) - and the dog was shockingly well-behaved.  If anyone tried giving the dog a snack, he would look at his owner first.  The old man would say no, and the dog would refuse to eat (even though he clearly wanted the snack) until the old man say 'you can eat' - in italian of course.

In front of the Uffizi.
  The man was obviously super proud of his dog.

After a cat nap, I dragged myself out of bed, still groggy from the cold medication.  We walked towards the Accademia and passed the children's museum.  We stopped for some hot chocolate at Le Parigine - yummy - and the owner gave us samples of fresh chocolate truffles.  After some more shopping for gifts and for fruit and olives for our train ride tomorrow, we returned to our hotel to wait for dinner.

Based on another Divina Cucina recommendation, we went to Pepo - and boy were we glad we did.  It was phenomenal!  The place was adorable, with cute little cows on the wallpaper.  They greeted us with complimentary prosecco adn then we had a gorgeous mixed antipasti platter (salumi, proscuitto, lardo, anchovy, pickled herring, white beans with caviar, bruschetta with petso, bruschetta with tomatoes, fried bread.

..) - it was delicious!  I particularly loved the white beans with caviar and fried bread.  Then my mom had the tagliatelle with mushrooms .. mmmm, and i had pork medallions in truffle sauce.  divine! We finished the meal off with a chocolate molten cake.  This meal was superb - I definitely would come back!  (If it isn't clear, I absolutely adore Florence and plan to return many many times if only to eat!)

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Marron Glace - so delectable!
Marron Glace - so delectable!
In front of the pastry shop - ever…
In front of the pastry shop - eve…
A close up of the marron glace.
A close up of the marron glace.
In front of the Uffizi.
In front of the Uffizi.
Mom on her audio guide tour.
Mom on her audio guide tour.
View from the Uffizi.
View from the Uffizi.
Ditto.
Ditto.
Poseidon.
Poseidon.
Stuffing my face with mushroom foc…
Stuffing my face with mushroom fo…
Simple but delicious!
Simple but delicious!
Mom enjoying her olive pizzette.
Mom enjoying her olive pizzette.
Highly recommended!
Highly recommended!
Eating truffle sandwiches at Proca…
Eating truffle sandwiches at Proc…
Beautiful enamel work.
Beautiful enamel work.
Wandering around the Duomo.
Wandering around the Duomo.
Hot chocolate at Le Parigine.
Hot chocolate at Le Parigine.
Cheers at Pepo.
Cheers at Pepo.
See how happy I am?
See how happy I am?
Mixed appetizers (before).
Mixed appetizers (before).
Mixed appetizers (after).
Mixed appetizers (after).
Taglietelle with mushrooms.
Taglietelle with mushrooms.
Pork medallions with truffle butte…
Pork medallions with truffle butt…
Molten chocolate cake (before).
Molten chocolate cake (before).
Molten chocolate cake (after).
Molten chocolate cake (after).
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photo by: monky