Author: Kara Hoffman

Kara Hoffman is a freelance food and travel writer based in New York City. Having previously lived in Florence, she frequently travels to Italy to enjoy the food and culture.
October 19, 2006
FOOD + WINE

Foodies’ Corner: The hunt for ‘black and white’ October

Italian chefs live by the season. Every season signifies a change of the menu which reflects the produce found during each time period. For many chefs, October in Italy means truffle season. Truffles, or tartufi, date back to the times of the Greeks and Romans and were historically perceived as
October 5, 2006
FOOD + WINE

Foodie’s corner: ‘squashed’ bread with grapes

The turn of the seasons signifies many things: the beginning of a new year for academics, the emergence of a new wardrobe for the fashion world, and the end of a harvest for vintners.  The annual wine grape harvest, or la vendemmia, that takes place each year at the
July 27, 2006
LIFESTYLE

Foodies corner: A scoop a day,

Some consider gelato a sweet treat and some call it a staple in their diet. Whatever you may call it, everyone knows that Italy is the place for gelato. But what exactly is gelato? Is it just another name for ice cream? The proof is in the pudding, so they
June 29, 2006
TRAVEL

The palio

Summer in Siena means the Palio a famed historic horse race run each year on July 2 and Aug. 16.  The Palio tradition dates back to the 11th cen-tury, when the race was initiated to honor the Madonna dellAssunta, patroness and advocate of Siena, for her protection of
June 15, 2006
FOOD + WINE

A piece o’ pie

Pizza is a word that people from almost every corner of our earth know.  But is a pizza in Chicago the same as a pizza in Japan? Or is a pizza in New York the same as a pizza in Italy?  The answer is no.  In Italy,
December 29, 2005
LIFESTYLE

An Equestrian Dream Come True in Florence

Whether it be shopping at the Tuesday morning market, taking a run along the river, swimming at the public pool or frequenting the discotecas, you may have spent time in Florence’s largest public park, il Parco delle Cascine.  This massive park, more than 290 acres, is about