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March 1, 2013

Palmento – A Great Book about Sicilian Wine and Culture

Palmento – A Great Book about Sicilian Wine and Culture

I forgot to talk about this book about a year ago when I read it.  I just ran across it in the house again and remembered that I had to share.   If you need an new book or know someone that has an interest in Sicilian wine or just Sicily for that matter this is […]

February 25, 2013

Does the Mediterranean Diet Include Cannoli ?

Does the Mediterranean Diet Include Cannoli ?

Article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/25/mediterranean-diet-cuts-risk-of-heart-attack-stroke-death/1943305/ I saw this article today about how people could reduce the risk of stroke by 33% to 46% if they followed a Mediterranean diet.  This made me laugh since we are in the middle of the Mediterranean and I haven’t seen a whole lot of health nuts around!  The diet around here doesn’t […]

February 11, 2013

Gross Items @ Sicilian Grocery Store

Gross Items @ Sicilian Grocery Store

The Sicilians don’t let anything go to waste.  This includes cows… in their entirety 🙂  .  Any recipes out there for the below?  Brains alla spaghetti? mmmmm…

February 9, 2013

Cassis France – Southern France Surprise

Cassis France – Southern France Surprise

Cassis isn’t a typical town that comes to mind when folks talk about Southern France.   When you have Nice, St. Tropez, and Cannes as neighbors its probably tough to get some attention.  We actually liked Cassis better than all those towns.  We found out about it from one of my San Diego friends that is […]

January 30, 2013

Chiacchiere Season in Sicily

Chiacchiere Season in Sicily

Chiacchiere is pronounced Kee-ah-kerry.  The word chiacchiere actually translates to “gossip” in Italian.  The treats are supposedly named this because this is the activity that people do while eating them with coffee.   That cracks me up that they would name something after that, but Im not surprised because the Italians definitely do gossip over coffee. […]

January 26, 2013

Provence France – Wine Paradise

Provence France – Wine Paradise

We headed to Provence after a few days in Nice and Monaco.  Again this is a very late post in that this trip was back in the Spring of 2012.  In an attempt to catch up on a lot of posts Im going to have to be light on the writing.  More details in the […]

December 23, 2012

Skiing & Snowboarding in Sicily

Skiing & Snowboarding in Sicily

Its funny how much is packed on this island.  I always thought San Diego was unique because you could go skiing and surfing all in the same day, but here its even easier.  It takes about 40 minutes from where we are to get up the mountain and its amazing how the scenery changes.  You […]

December 19, 2012

Marinated Sicilian Artichokes Recipe

Marinated Sicilian Artichokes Recipe

Today I was able to sort out the Marinated Artichoke recipe. What you’ll need: To keep the artichokes from discoloration I make a bowl of cold water and squeeze the lemon juice in.  set aside. Snap off tough 3 or 4 layers of outer leaves from artichokes until pale yellow tender leaves are reached. Dip […]

December 11, 2012

Chestnuts and Artichokes in Sicily

Chestnuts and Artichokes in Sicily

The fall/winter season came quickly.  In November we had a very mild month and then all of the sudden we woke up one morning chilled to the bone with a storm.  We found Mt. Etna with a huge snow cap on it already!  During this time of year you start seeing a whole new batch […]

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