Eby’s Cafe to Meet Einstein’s Clone

Eby’s in Florence Italy opens at 11:00am according to Google and most everything else on the internet. After seeing David at Galleria dell’Accademia the Giants walked 11 minutes (1/2 mile) over to see a clone of Einstein at Eby’s located at Via dell’ Oriuolo, 5, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy for lunch about noon on Wednesday July 11, 2018.

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With all of the options for drinks the Giant parents thought it would be better to stop in for the lunch scene rather than the night time excitement the place likely offers. Walkers beware, sadly the place was not open as promised by the gods of the internet, and the Giants will never know what it is like to dine with today’s Einstein incarnate.

The posted sign shows that La Cucina di Eby’s is open 5:00pm-2:00am rather than 11:00am-3:00am that is show by Google.

MaMMaMia – Think The Great Outdoors

Steak in Florence, Italy was not planned by the Giants. The planned restaurant was too far of a walk for the tired crew so convenient to the boar statue of Florence was chosen.

Location led to the biggest steak that the Giants have seen. The photos don’t do justice to the reality.

Two Giants shared this and hardly put a dent in it. Think The Old 96er from The Great Outdoors. The steak was ordered medium and came out closer to rare. In English it was shared by the water that in Florence they like to see there meat move. They were kind enough at MaMMaMia to take the steak back and cook it a little more. The boys enjoyed the meal.

Other dishes were of little note other than the table bread tasted more like table than bread.

It was interesting to see that some of the wait staff were clearly working their second job of the day since they were seen selling leather goods in the street earlier that day. The market in the area closed up around 6:30pm with the restaurants opening at 7:30pm.

Giants rating:

MaMMaMia Restaurant Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 18/R 50123 Florence – Italy

Membership Dining in Florence, Italy

Teatro del Sale in Florence, Italy only allows members to dine. Nightly the dinner includes entertainment. For the Goodman Giants even knowing about an exclusive members only club feels like a major honor. Months prior to the the visit in July of 2018 the Giants reached out to the club to apply for membership and book a table for six. Upon arrival each family member filled out an application for membership, including the young eleven year old Giant. The initial application only covered the Father of Giants and made it so the reservation could be made. Each Forgein Non-Resident (youth or otherwise) becomes a member for 7 Euros a piece.

Littlest Giant copying off of the membership form that his brother just completed

Members queued for entrance, drinking included wine and water

The all-you-can-eat* dinner club provided a wide variety of dishes that the Giants would not have chosen for 30 Euros per adult. The family style format is not quite all-you-can-eat (that’s why the * was included) in that it really is all you can get before the other members do. Think if your 70 person Italian family were to sit down for dinner all at the same time and each dish were brought out one at a time. At times items were left for multiple servings, and at times items were consumed by humans faster than if each member were a wolf.

Abundant and refilled side dishes while main dishes were served one at at time – No Giants tried these baby fish

Two Giants tried these

Dish after dish was announced by the wait staff and the Giants kept hoping for the chicken that looked so delish to be presented.

Nothing like chicken roasting by open flames to keep Giants trying foods they likely will only sample

Bigger mollusks! Not as good as the first ones in the estimation of the two brave samplers

Sadly the family of travel bloggers are not able to capture all the emotion experienced by the Giants and others when the hard working staff member with Down Syndrome was able to announce a dish. The other staff member did excellent work and set boisterous examples for him. The emotion was palpable when with enthusiasm and pride this tall spirit in a short frame proclaimed his dish to those dining.

The oldest of the Boy Giants looks like he is getting away with theft because of his excitement for the fact that the water was good, self serve, and not charged for by the carafe. He calculated that as a family 10 waters were drank, and since normally the charge is 6 Euros per bottle, the Giants were able to get a value of 60 Euros in water alone.

Giants take on the water:

6.0-Goodmans

Good, endless, and self serve! Water heaven!

Top off the night with dessert and a show!

Thirds please!

Giants rating of the food:

6.0-Goodmans

Loved the trying of so many choices

In true family style the member moved the tables out of the way to arrange seats to enjoy the performance

The Giants rating of the night:6.0-Goodmans

With dinner starting at near 8:00, arrival time is 7:30, the Giants chose to skate and not see the show when it got late. Could be that the show would have moved a 6 Goodmans night to 7?! The prepping, cooking, presenting, and eating of the food was enough entertainment for the Giants!

 

UK Stay Flakey Not Krispy

Giants enjoy Krispy Kreme in the States. Giants enjoy the flakey croissants and other breakfast treats of the Kingdom. Stop after stop, petrol station after station: “The American” donuts are everywhere.

Fast service has been taken over by McDonalds and Subway, medium service is being taken over by Five Guys and Chipotle, and the Giants ask that the madness of American food dominance stops there. Leave the better breads of the UK alone!

If you want donuts while in United Kingdom, specifically Northern Ireland, the Goodman Giants recommend Taboo Donuts in Belfast.

WB Stands for World’s Best Harry Potter Experience!

Started with a quick bus ride in a double decker bus – sadly not the triple decker variety. Bus costs an additional 2.5 pounds a person. Stepped on and off to WB.

Showed early for a 10:00am start and avoided the coming queues of the day. Lots of line options that are good to miss by arriving early.

Digital guides are adequate in form and smell like a combination of hand cleaner and old man (not just the Father of Giants).Great Hall is as large as hoped with an open roof and all. Of course not open to the sky since it is open to the sound stage ceiling.

Pace varies greatly for a group of 6 Giants: when some were at audioguide stop 14 one of the most inquisitive was at stop 8. Roughly some were moving 75% faster than at least one other.

To catch up on the audio guide and leave timely the Mother of Giants listed to some segments at the end of lunch. While she was engaged with headphones a Child Giant said “Universal Studios Butterbeer is better.” And a peer said, “No it’s the same.” Moments later the Mother of Giants exclaimed, “This is far better than Universal Studios” referring to the Butterbeer. And the same child repeated, “No it’s the same.” 3 think Universal’s is better better because it is not sweet enough in Watford, England. 2 think WB in Watford’s is better because Universal’s is too sweet. 1 thinks “No, it’s the same.”Butterbeer ice cream is a hit! All 6 Giants liked it.The tour continues with opportunities like trying to find out who lives next to then Dursley home.The details and experiences are immersive and vast. The end Hogwarts Model is grand.

Expectations were exceeded for all Giants: