Editor-in-Chief of The Florentine, Helen writes about food, wine and all things literary. Helen manages The Florentine's translation and copywriting department. She is also a freelance contributor to Decanter, Newsweek and Der Feinschmecker. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Instagram @helencfarrell.
Forgive me while I wax lyrical about purple potatoes—again. One lunchtime, my excitement at this tubular discovery resulted in my foisting violet mash on The Florentine’s team at our usually laid-back communal table. A native of the Peruvian Andes, the vitelotte noire have sunken their roots into Tuscan soil, in the Casentino. Oblong and knobbly, […]
How many times have you walked into a bar and drank a coffee even though it tasted rancid or was lacking in flavour? It’s astonishing how little we know about—and how little we appreciate—the world’s most important drink after water. Tommaso Bongini, master barista of Tuscan roastery Caffè Mokarico, explains the golden rules to making […]
From quidditch (!) to the council’s quest to ditch pesky potholes, the opening of two new tramlines, international volleyball and top global music acts, 2018 in Florence is set to be more eventful than ever. JANUARY Gucci Garden in piazza della Signoria Fashionistas and foodies are itching to check out the all-new opening of Gucci […]
A post-Christmas return from England leaves me gasping for greens. Potato-ed out but curiously craving more starch than usually features in my predominantly Tuscan diet, my mind turns to a verdant cavolo nero soup savoured before the holidays. And it’s that taste I can’t erase from my flavour memory this rientro. First […]
It’s that time of the year when we keenly observe that twice-yearly migratory breed bound to ruffle the odd feather: The Pitti People. But Florence and its environs has always had a penchant for fashion, long before the trailblazing runway that shook Parisian couture to its core was held at Villa Torrigiani in February 1951. […]