Inspired By The Locals

The “Eleven O’clock Number ” of our Palermo market, street food, and cultural walking tour today was Pan ca meusa, the ancient city’s world renowned spleen sandwich, pictured. Normally, I don’t eat anything from a cow, but, when in Palermo, I follow the lead of the locals, and as a result, I am inspired by…

Feel Refreshed And Inspired By Travel In Sicily

Seeking joyful companions for our Myths & Mysteries of Sicily May 2018 tour! Won’t you join us? During Myths & Mysteries of Sicily, you’ll explore off-the-beaten path towns, interact with locals (like Vincenzo here, at Antica Focacceria San Francesco in Palermo), immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and ancient history, and explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites….

Crunchy On The Outside

Earlier this week, I mentioned that in the days leading up to and including La Festa di Santa Lucia, Palermitani don’t eat flour-based foods. So what do they eat then? Arancine, of course! Yes, these balls-of-gold are a masterpiece of Palermitano wheat-free street food, and Sicilians of the Conco d’Oro take their arancine very seriously…

A Different Kind of Sandwich

One of my favorite things to eat in Sicily is panelle and cazzilli stuffed in a seasame seed bun (pictured). Panelle are flat chickpea-flour fritters made with fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt, and olive oil. Cazzilli, which is a vulgar way of saying “little penises,” are potato croquettes made with mashed potatoes, fresh parsley (or…

Pastella: Another Dream from Palermo’s Menu

A snippet from the article I wrote for Dream of Italy‘s April issue about Palermo and its street food… Pastelle, pictured, are deep-fried, hand-held dreams. Vegetables such as broccoli, carduna, artichoke hearts, eggplant, and squash are coated with a thick flour-and-water batter, while sardines are lightly battered. One could compare them with Japanese tempura, yet with…

Palermo is Hot 

As I mentioned over the past weeks, after years of working to change the city, the citizens of Palermo are embracing a Renaissance. In the April issue of Dream of Italy newsletter and blog, there are two articles I composed about the ancient port city: one about street food and why it’s a fantastic time…