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Travel

July 7, 2011 |
Signorello Ceramiche: Sicilian Ceramics, Mazara del Vallo

A bouquet of ceramic lemons hangs on a wall in the Kasbah of the Sicilian town of Mazara del Vallo. Curious, I turn the corner and spot a woman in a white coat standing in front of a shop. In the distance, I mistake her for a chef or a cook on a short break [...]

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Food, Travel

September 22, 2010 |
At Home with Dolci Siciliani in Mazara del Vallo

The tray of dolci siciliani is set seductively on the dinner table. Wearing nothing but a thin sheet of paper, it teases the eye with a hint of roundness that lays beneath. “Take a photo of the name of the Pasticceria,” someone yells out from around the dinner table. I smile, pleased that my relatives [...]

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Food

August 25, 2010 |
Sicilian Eggplants: Back to Culinary Basics

When it comes to quality produce, there are two adjectives that weave their magic and elevate simple food to a higher level: seasonal and regional. Two simple concepts that are becoming rare in some parts of the world where we willingly exchange flavour for year round availability. But not in Italy. In the Sicilian town [...]

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Travel

June 8, 2010 |
Living in the Kasbah: Mazara del Vallo

Standing on a private rooftop in the Kasbah of Mazara del Vallo, cracking pistachios and sipping Moretti beer, I feel as if I am in a movie set. Around me, a conglomeration of clay roofs, crumbling walls, church spires and minarets stud the fading sky in the late afternoon. Fishing boats and trailers bob along [...]

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Travel

January 28, 2010 |
5 Rules of Driving in Sicily

I openly declare that I was a back seat driver. I was also a pedestrian, a keen observer, a commentator, photographer and note-scribbler. The idea of taking up the wheel behind a hire car in Sicily filled me with fear. Fortunately, our travel plans altered the last minute and we were no longer required us [...]

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