Watch The Recording: Artisanal Olive Oil From Sicily

What a revelation! We learned so much on Friday evening! Thanks to everyone who participated in our online, synchronous olive oil tasting event. Watch the recording on the Experience Sicily YouTube channel (Please subscribe!) at https://youtu.be/hxXgAiWDg6g. Thanks to Giò Buonanno of Azienda Brancati and Niki Masino of Gelsomino Imports, LLC for your support! I loved sharing…

Olive Oil And A Laugh

It snowed on Mount Etna yesterday (and there was some pyroclastic activity too)! So, Mamma may look like this photo from two years ago when Giò Buonanno of Azienda Brancati and I were on his olive and mandorin farm enjoying the views and a good laugh (He’s very entertaining!). Join in on our fun this Friday,…

Giving Thanks To The Father

Thank you to those who joined me last evening for our online Experience Sicily Saint Joseph’s Day celebration! Viva San Giuseppe! Happy Saint Joseph’s Day! Buona festa del papà! Pictured is my altar for this powerful patron of fathers, carpenters, the home, and those who toil for their work. The three tiers represent Jesus, Mary,…

The Staff, Wreath, And Palm: Ritual Bread For Saint Joseph’s Day

Join me to recognize St. Joseph’s Day on Thursday, March 18 at 8PM Eastern. Register at https://experiencesicily.com/st-josephs-day-online/ You’ll learn more about the feast. Such as, on traditional St. Joseph’s Day altars or le tavolate di San Giuseppe, you will see these three types of loaves pictured. On the left is the staff (vastuni), which represents…

Ritual Bread For Saint Joseph

Food historians believe grains were introduced to Sicily in approximately 1000 BCE by the Phoenicians. By 150 BCE, during the Roman era, grain became the base of island’s cuisine. By 1000 CE, during the Arab era, the majority of Sicily’s landscape was dedicated to grain agriculture, and that remains true today. Once you learn the…

An Altar For Saint Joseph

Altars for San Giuseppe or Saint Joseph may be seen throughout Sicily. The patron saint of fathers, carpenters, and those who toil for their work, he is extremely important to Sicilians. Friday, March 19 is St. Joseph’s Day. Next Thursday, March 18 at 8PM Eastern and Friday, March 19 at 5PM Eastern, I will offer…