Sicily East to West: A Road Trip Along Sicily’s Southern Coast

Sicily East to West: A Road Trip Along Sicily’s Southern Coast

From its Baroque cities and ever erupting volcano to its ancient Greek ruins and crystal clear waters, Sicily holds a beauty like no other.  Take a trip down memory lane with Matt and I along Sicily's southern coast.

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Caponata Siciliana and Why You Should Join the Eggplant Fan Club

Caponata Siciliana and Why You Should Join the Eggplant Fan Club

3 Reasons to Eat More Eggplant Eggplant is rich in essential nutrients.  It is a source of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6, iron, and magnesium. Eggplant contains flavonoids known as anthocyanins which have been proven to play a major role in lowering risk of cardiovascular disease. Eggplant is ranked among the top [...]

Chia Seed Vanilla Cannoli Cream

Chia Seed Vanilla Cannoli Cream

Sicily is not just “special”, but possibly the most beautiful place on Earth.  If you’ve been there you’d probably agree.  If you haven’t now’s the time to book your ticket. At a recent Christmas party in Rancho Santa Fe, I had just this conversation with a couple of other italophiles.  Friends’ family Christmas parties are [...]

Catania: Where to Eat

Catania: Where to Eat

Catania, a city famous for its fresh sea food, pasta alla norma, and the glorious cannoli! Instead of wandering the streets hungry for a reliable restaurant, check out the restaurants that have impressed me. FOR DINNER Biscari  Expensive http://www.ristorantebiscari.it/ Though quite expensive, I may have had the best meal of my life at this restaurant. My [...]

Reflections on Catania from a Wannabe Sicilian

Reflections on Catania from a Wannabe Sicilian

“U tuoi beddu ùocchiu verdu cùomu u mari.” I looked at my roommate Ivana for an explanation.  She translated from Sicilian into Italian, “Your beautiful green eyes the color of the sea.”  I smiled at the crusty fisherman before me, thinking, “But my eyes aren’t green, and the sea here is definitely blue.”  He rewarded [...]