My Global City: A Pasta Making Class at Cookery World

Sep 3, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah discusses her hands-on experience with Italian cuisine and how this encouraged more interactions with locals in Florence.

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One of CAPA’s excellent opportunities for me to engage with the culture of my study abroad city is their My Global City events. These events, ranging from boat rides down the Arno river and hikes in nearby Tuscan hills to attending lectures taught by visiting authors, encourage students to see a culture through new experiences and to learn about different customs through being active in the local community. I went to a CAPA My Global City event at Cookery World on Borgo San Frediano, in the Santo Spirito neighborhood (south of the Arno river)—for cooking school!

Recipe from Cookery WorldA photo of our recipes on a Cookery World pamphlet signed by Alberto himself!

There, I met up with a group of CAPA students from my Italian class to learn how to cook dishes with pasta fresca, risotto, and cantucci—almond biscuits that are traditionally served. Our teacher, Alberto, led us in making fresh dough balls, flattening and drying the dough, cutting the dough with the pasta cutter, and boiling it to perfection. Alberto was amiable and curious about our lives as students in the States.

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10 Restaurants and Cafes to Add to Your Culinary Quest in Florence

Jul 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah recommends 10 restaurants and cafes in Florence she's enjoyed dining in and also dishes on the food and atmosphere at those establishments.

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As a new online blogger, I recently learned what a “Top 10-style blog” is. So, naturally, I’ve wanted to make one about my favorite Tuscan meals in Florence! My brother came to visit me for about a week and we tried out all of Valentina’s favorite restaurants. Valentina, a staff member at CAPA, walked us through the hotspots in the city on a map, and we embarked on a culinary quest. I also have this tendency of getting up early and camping out at cafes where I enjoy the atmosphere, to read or write or complete assignments, so I’ve listed a few of my favorite cafes here as well.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Hannah Hardenbergh - Views of the DuomoThis city is full of good food and places to dine in!

1. La Loggia degli Albizi

I had the best cappuccino at this café for sure. In Europe, it is custom to only get a cappuccino or latte in the morning, as it is a heavier beverage than say, an espresso. So, a cappuccino is almost like a snack if you order it after breakfast (but don’t order it after 12pm!). It is common to order an espresso or macchiato after any meal, though.

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A Cooking Class and Bonding Experience in Florence

Jul 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts major at University of Colorado - Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Allyson attends a My Global City cooking class with her roommates in Florence and learns how to make Italian dishes from scratch.

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As an adventurous person everywhere except for the kitchen, I was excited to try my hand at cooking some traditional Italian dishes when I made my journey to Florence. I was over the moon that I would not only be able to try that in my apartment, but also in an actual cooking class! Now, to give you some background on me, I am probably the worst cook you could ever meet. I once ruined a perfectly good can of soup trying to heat it up on the stove. Don’t ask me how, I don’t even know. I just have a knack for ruining foods that I attempt to cook. Needless to say, I was nervous for the class and the fact that I would have to learn how to make 3 courses of pasta dishes from scratch.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Allyson Barnes - At a Cooking ClassReady to get started in this cooking class!

This was my My Global City experience. Two of my roommates signed up for the cooking class with me and I couldn’t recommend it more to someone looking for one of those unique hands-on experiences.

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Gaining Appreciation (and a Few Pounds) for Italian Cuisine

Oct 31, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher reacts to trying his favorite Italian dishes and appreciates the cuisine in Florence.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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National Pasta Day: 4 Study Abroad Food Experiences in Florence

Oct 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

No matter where you study abroad, food will always be an important part of your experience. It's always good to learn about each country's delicacies and appreciate how they're made. For National Pasta Day, we've compiled 4 food experiences our students have had with pasta on their study abroad program in Florence.  

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1. First Week Finds: Fantastic Food in Florence

After CAPA alumna Marte Eggleston's first week in Florence, she followed her foodie instincts and explored the local grocery stores to see what they had. There were some similarities to the grocery stores back home, but to her surprise she found numerous types of pasta—more than she expected!

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Making My Way Through Florence for Dinner

Oct 2, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess gallivants around Florence and shops before heading to a welcome dinner with her friends.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

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5 Ways to Spend Your Day in Florence

Sep 26, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Kristopher (also known as Kip) is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Finance major at University of Colorado - Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Kristopher shows us 5 ways for a day of exploration in the Italian city.

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Thanks Kip!

Kristopher's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.

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How I Spent My First Weekend Abroad in Florence

Sep 25, 2017 4:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

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Celess is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Riverside City College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Celess brings us along to experience some food and sights with her in Florence.

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Thanks Celess!

Celess' journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Activities Abroad, Food in Florence

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