Behind the Scenes of Your Italian Fix: Day 4

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>> This is day 4 of a 7 day party delivering a sneak-peek at how getting your Italian Fix is the best thing you can do with your precious vacation time.<<

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Tim McDiarmid is part of a food revolution.

She’s helping us eat healthier. Better. More in tune with what food is meant to be: nourishing.

And it’s revolutionary because we’ve really screwing it up in the way we farm, consume and enjoy food. In our time of abundance, most of the food we eat is literally killing us.

Sure — it’s a downer. But the upside is that Tim and other food revolutionaries are re-educating the population and going against the grain of cheap, fast and dangerous food.

Meet Tim the Girl:

 

Tim grew up in Canada in the middle of nowhere — and her mom taught her that if you want good food — you have to make it yourself.

Her family of six grew a huge outdoor organic garden and preserved their harvest for winter time eats.

Naturally – you don’t escape this lifestyle unscathed.

Tim is the biggest food snob I know – in the best possible way.

But being hyper tuned into what makes a fantastic meal is why she’s so darn brilliant at what she does.

We’ve been friends for 15 years and she’s always been ahead of the curve – cooking “healthy” and “farm to table” before restaurants irreverently threw those words on menus and people started getting used to spending twenty dollars on a jar of pickles from the hipster food store.

Tim lived in NYC for two decades and got to eat and work her way through the most intense food scene in America. Obviously NYC can kick a passion for good food into high gear; there’s a never ending choice of great restaurants and creative peeps dishing out ridiculously stellar meals to the highly critical masses. Mediocre just doesn’t hold ground in NYC – not like it would in a small town.

Why is this important? Why should you care?

 

Because learning simple recipes can make your home life run smoother.

Because eating healthy is living well.

Because eating can be a celebration.

Because eating good stuff makes us feel good stuff.

Because putting real food in your body can spread through your home, your friends and your community. Revolutionary? Maybe. Life altering? Definitely.

Tim is coming to Italy.

 

From our gorgeous stone veranda in the Cinque Terre, Tim will be sharing the heart of what she knows. She’s gonna give you her best recipes, her un-fussy cooking tricks and her fly-by-the-seat-of-your pants entertaining style that will help you have more fun in the kitchen.

We want you to come home — to your real life – with the skills to cook healthy, effortless and beautiful food for you, your friends and your family.

Because revolutions always start somewhere.

See the Cinque Terre trip details.

This trip to the Ialian Riviera offers you a cooking class & dinner made by Tim. It also gives you:

  • a personal trainer for daily outdoor morning fitness classes in the Mediterranean air
  • 2 cooking classes – one with Tim and one at a local family’s home where you’ll learn regional Italian Riviera specialties
  • a guided shopping trip to the city
  • a hotel carved into the wine terraces with massive outdoor verandas overlooking a small Italian village; it’s also a UNESCO world heritage site
  • a wine tasting in the middle of nowhere sipping liquids from the region

See the full itinerary for this tour to the Cinque Terre. It’s limited to 12 people but some spots are already sold out after just a few days of sales. The Cinque Terre tour is our flagship trip and you can read the reviews from past guests here.

Enjoy these pictures of visiting the Cinque Terre with us.

 

Free loot!

 

To continue this week of celebrating the release of our 2013 trips we are giving you free stuff.

We want to give you the chance to dine at Tim’s pop-up-restaurant The Special Projects Social.

If you are in San Antonio, Texas then enter by writing a comment below. Her events sell out every single time.

Read more about her cooking class in Italy, her pop-up restaurant The Special Projects Social or Tim the Girl personal chef services.

Read the full itinerary of the tour of the Cinque Terre, Italy that includes a cooking class and dinner by Tim the Girl.

Chat in the comments about anything: What about your eating habits would you like to change right now? What would you like to learn about cooking and food? What are your healthiest eating tricks? What is it about food & eating in Italy to you?

All images by Leela Cyd

{Update: The recipient of 2 tickets to the next *sold out* pop-up dinner in San Antonio is Ronee Anderson. Thanks to everyone who wrote comments. We love you!}

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tim the girl
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I want to go to my party! And NOT work. Ha

Meredith Keller
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Meredith Keller

I attended my first SPS event, “Al Dente” last weekend and I was blown away!! It was seriously, one of the coolest events I’ve ever attended and I met some amazing peeps. The food was stellar and the venue was beyond amazing. I would love to go with Tim to… Read more »

Donna Konsoradoa
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OK, here it is … Pay More Eat Less !

Kara Myers
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Kara Myers

We attended an SPS in the Spring to mark the 1 year anniversary of the event. It was great fun we met new people and had a lovely time.

tim the girl
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To Meredith and all—Thank you! Also, rules and contest to win the TRIP are here: https://www.italianfix.com/win-a-trip/

Ashley Serene
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Ashley Serene

Dying to go to Italy anyway. Really dying to after reading about this trip. What a once-in-a-lifetime experience that would be. In the past year, my hubby and I have discovered nutrition and real food–so funny (and sad) that that’s like something foreign and unexpected to discover, but it was.… Read more »

David Dikin
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How wonderful…
I’ve been watching your gig from afar, like a shy kid at the dance. If things don’t work out on this one, maybe we can catch the next one.

Peace and plenty to you,

David and Susan Dikin

Therese McDevitt
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Therese McDevitt

Tim, your amazing vision is such a great thing for San Antonio. Thanks for working your magic here. Looking forward to the AIA tomorrow evening. And I’ll be dreaming of speakeasies and Italy tonight!

Jaclyn Gamboa
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Jaclyn Gamboa

ME! ME! ME! Mi piacerebbe visitare l’Italia un giorno di questi! I would really like to adopt a vegetarian diet. I started, but then became pregnant and was neither confident nor knowledgeable enough to have the guts to keep it up. I know there are many successful vegetarian mommies-to-be with… Read more »

Lauren Madrid
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Thanks for doing this giveaway Tim! It’s a great opportunity!

Michele Jacob
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Michele Jacob

I would love to eat consistently healthy! It is ironic, my husband and I both work in restaurants/hospitality and we are not consistent on cooking the way that we love due to our schedules. I would love to learn how to do this!It would be great to learn the basics… Read more »

Courtney Cobb
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Courtney Cobb

To eat healthy prepared foods doesn’t mean it has to taste badly. Thank you Tim for doing these events and getting other people and/or communities involved. I try to cook healthy and when i do i feel better and so do my friends. I think the tipping point of eating… Read more »

Elizabeth [The Waspy Redhead]
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I need to work on cooking for one – I cook like a champ for guests, but eat cereal out of a coffee mug when it’s just the party of me. I’ve heard great things about your pop up events, and hope I’m able to attend one soon. Cheers –… Read more »

tim the girl
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Thank you so much Courtney! We are what we eat, thats for sure. And I for one don’t want to look like a flaming hot cheeto stewing in coca-cola!

Elizabeth Stephens
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Elizabeth Stephens

Tried your delicious salad with tea stained egg at the Slow Foods Harvest Gala. Would love to keep supporting SA culinary events!

C. Michael Steiner
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C. Michael Steiner

I tasted Tim’s food at a friend’s house a few years ago and I still talk about to this day. Also, I really would love to go to Italy…

Dahlia Zamarripa
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Dahlia Zamarripa

This is almost like saying I have a dumb question- feeling like what you have to say is really not sophisticated enough but here goes anyway since I would love to try anything by Tim the Girl! I am a foodie by the god given taste buds I have. I… Read more »

tim the girl
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Thank you for entering! Please check out the win a trip post and details here:
https://www.italianfix.com/win-a-trip/

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales
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Hmmm … the habit I’d like to change is eat more of your food. ha! Pick me, I want to win!!!

Colleen Pence
Guest

I want to shop more at the local farmer’s markets. What do I want to learn about cooking? EVERYTHING since I can’t cook (I just took a knife class at Central Market so, lookout, I’m getting skilled!). And I’ve been dying to attend a SPS since forever. I hope this… Read more »

tim the girl
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I don’t get to pick but thanks for entering!!!

Kelly Beevers
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Kelly Beevers

I would love to win tickets! Tim is making SA an even better place!!

Ronee Anderson
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Ronee Anderson

Attended my 4th SPS “Al Dente” last week and it was amazing. Each one keeps getting better. Tim the Girl and Zubiate Projects provide an experience that integrates the elements of great food with a relaxed atmosphere that includes art, music and magnificent settings. Tim makes sure every detail is… Read more »

kim
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kim

so my relationship with cooking is complicated. i really like cooking for friends. it’s not so much the act of cooking that i really enjoy, but the spirit of it – putting together a delicious meal for the people i love while sipping spirits and enjoying each other’s company. but… Read more »

Angela Martinez
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Angela Martinez

Thanks for everything you do, Tim.

christy
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wow wow wow
i cannot enter the giveaway as I live in canada but wanted to say WOW
looks so amazing and I can ALMOST taste it!!!

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Tim is one hard working woman and it makes me proud to see her doing her thang every month in style. We share an attitude towards food (I grow an organic garden in my yard and substitute my garden’s shortcomings with locally grown farmer’s market produce) so it is wonderful… Read more »

fiona Arecchi
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fiona Arecchi

Love all things Italian. Especially my Italian husband, who makes the best gelato and sorbeto here in San Antonio. You must come try it on The RiverWalk. Justin’s Ice Cream is made in all the traditional flavors as well as some with a traditional San Antonio twist.

Denice
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Denice

I would love the opportunity to attend your event in the Alamo City.

Sarah R.
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This sounds wonderful! I love all the new things I’m learning from reading these comments. I’m definitely going to try the gelato! I’m on my way to enter the Italy contest!

P. Smothers
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P. Smothers

I love the food Tim creates and am V. excited to finally get a chance to take part in The Special Projects Social dinner experience. The trips to Italy sound like the perfect combination of a foodie’s dream, the beautiful settings, the heavenly produce, luscious meals and of course a… Read more »

Shari Biediger
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Shari Biediger

I first heard about SPS and these trips from my friend Colleen Pence, and I hope to enjoy both some day. My husband and I have always loved wonderful foods, and we’ve had some amazing meals all across the U.S. (including SATX of course!) and Canada. But we’ve never made… Read more »

Anna CohenMiller
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Anna CohenMiller

Ooh la la, this sounds so wonderful. It has been lovely reading about the trip.

Adele Williams
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Have heard many great things about the SPS and would love to attend one here in SA!

Marina
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Marina

This is IT!!! The trip of trips, the one that captured my mind and spirit the moment I saw the details!

Jake and Izzy
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Jake and Izzy

glad to have you in the ‘hood

Bryana
Guest

I attended my first SPS in February of last year, and it was magical. Not only did I inhale the gorgeous foods prepared by Tim, but I stole her recipe for sauteed kale with lemon and have been savoring remnants of that meal for months. I also had the opportunity… Read more »

Bryan Rindfuss
Guest

I treasure my SPS plate collection and hereby nominate myself as an Italian-speaking Texan male fully worthy of such a delicious excursion!
Bryan

Lilliana Gonzalez
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I would LOVE to win a meal at your pop-up-restaurant. I hear that the Special Projects Social events are extraordinary.

Lilliana Gonzalez
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Eating habits I would like to change right now… Well it’s more of cooking habits or my lack there of. I LOVE to cook but I am just a beginer (dont’ do it often enough) so I read instructions and take a little longer to prepare my meals and since… Read more »

Boldski
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Boldski

The SPS events sound tempting, but it’s not always feasible financially…so a free ticket would be ideal! 🙂 Sounds like an nice thing to experience at least once. You guys should totally do a low cost SPS for children, market it in all areas of the city to all demographics.… Read more »

Boldski
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Boldski

Impressed…!

Was unaware you did such a thing…link? I’d love to a check it out.

Sofia
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Sofia

I wish we had more of this in San Antonio. These images put a smile on my face! My favorite things in life are: going to places that I’ve never been and trying food I’ve never had. I have never been to any SPS so sign me up to win!
xoxo

Heather Larican
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Tim! This is just so lovely! Your creativity and passion inspires me. I really enjoy your work!

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