Our European Adventure- Florence

Your Guide to Florence by Eating with a PurposeFlorence (aka Firenze) was my favorite city of the trip- I think this may have been due to the fact that food and cooking were the main focus of this stop.  Florentine cuisine does include some “serious” meat dishes, which Doug loved.  The pasta and veggie dishes were equally as fabulous.  The highlight for me of this destination, in fact of the whole trip, was the cooking class we took.  In addition to lots of food and cooking, Florence has some beautiful historic architecture and museums to explore.  I hope you enjoy my recommendations!

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.

Our European Adventure- Cinque Terre

Travelling Cinque Terre by Eating with a Purpose         Hello again long lost friends!!!  Doug and I just returned from our “pre-wedding” honeymoon in Europe.  I know it sounds cliché, but we truly had the trip of a lifetime.  We started in Cinque Terre and traveled through Florence and Rome before flying to Greece and experiencing Nafplio, Athens and Santorini.  It was the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.  Because Doug and I relied so much on suggestions from travel bloggers, I’ve decided to share our adventure with you through a series of posts.  I hope that I may make your planning a little easier should you ever plan a visit to one of these gorgeous locations.  Each post will feature links to our accommodation, activities and of course, favorite restaurants in each destination.  I’ll admit, because our location is in flux right now between New Orleans, Seattle and Vancouver, my recipe and nutrition posting will be somewhat limited (as it has been).  I assure you, these will be returning later in June once we are settled (and married!!!)

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Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who finds relaxation amongst pots, pans and good ingredients. From an early age, Lauren grew up cooking alongside her mother, Angela. After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree, Lauren realized she wanted to integrate her love for food and cooking into her career and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.

After completing a primarily pediatric internship in Vancouver, Canada, Lauren’s personal life led her to the Southern United States. Lauren is now soaking up the cultural and culinary flavors of New Orleans in her time off from practicing in a local pediatric clinic. Lauren has a special interest for educating children and adolescents on not only eating healthy, but also learning the skills to prepare healthy food. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Lauren led a children’s after school cooking camp and continues to enjoy educating children and their parents in her current work setting.