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Eating through Sicily: What to eat on your next Sicilian trip from Cannoli to Panelle

Eating through Sicily: What to eat on your next Sicilian trip from Cannoli to Panelle

Italy's biggest island, Sicily, has a rich and diverse cuisine, much like its geography and culture. Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by centuries of foreign rule and trade, resulting in a unique blend of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques, making it a culinary destination from professional chefs and kitchen connoisseurs to curious foodies and cultural junkies. 

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The history and origins of Pizza

The history and origins of Pizza

Today, pizza has shifted entirely from a dish of basic necessity to one of convenience but the fundamental principles behind this remain the same; it is cheap, quick to prepare and even quicker to eat. Naples still remains its rightful home and undoubtedly prepares the best you will ever have. But in the meantime, the widespread availability leaves all cravings satisfied.

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Sunday Ragu: A Neapolitan Delicacy

Sunday Ragu: A Neapolitan Delicacy

If Rome is the cultural capital of Italy, then Naples is most certainly the capital of food. From the first pizza makers to bakery racks filled with fresh pastries stuffed with warm ricotta and jams, I fell in love with Naples both at first sight and at first bite. After all, Naples has a rich and diverse culinary history shaped by centuries, making it a food destination not for the weak.

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The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre

Easily reachable by train from all major Italian cities, the Cinque Terre makes the perfect getaway all year round, from long summer months spent at sea to chillier, blue-skied winter days. If you're planning a trip or simply curious, let's look at what each sleepy village has to offer. 

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Italy's very own Blue Zone

Italy's very own Blue Zone

Ah, Blue Zones! There are these remarkable regions around the world where people tend to live much longer than average. And I am talking at 85 or even 90, but more like 100 and 105! Have you ever heard of them? 

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From Tuscany to Corfu: Traveling Through Books

From Tuscany to Corfu: Traveling Through Books

Like music and film, reading books can transport us to beautiful destinations, whether real or imaginary, nostalgic moments or future desires. From memories and romance novels to historical fiction, reading is my favorite past-time to immerse myself in the richness of Mediterranean culture, landscape, and history whenever I long for a mental escape. 

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New Year's Eve Mediterranean Style

New Year's Eve Mediterranean Style

As you prep for your New Year's parties and look forward to any traditions which you uphold on the final day of the year, why not have a look at how southern Europe celebrates theirs. Whatever your merriments may be perhaps, you’ll find be inspired to add a few more to your list! 

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Panettone vs. Pandoro

Panettone vs. Pandoro

So why the debate between the two unique cakes? Can't we like them both? Of course, nothing is straightforward in Italy, and Italians love an opportunity for a little innocent debate! Those with a simpler palette tend to gravitate towards Pandoro, while nearly 50% of the Italian population selects Panettone as the ultimate holiday dessert hero. Contrary to popular tastes and preferences, I choose both! 

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Colazione Italiana

Colazione Italiana

Italian breakfast at the bar is a daily habit for many people in Italy and has become my favorite morning ritual. From the smells and chatter to the sound of porcelain espresso cups clinking together, the minute my alarm goes off, I am headed to my bar of choice to get my morning breakfast fix and soak in each second of my vita italiana

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Sundays in the Mediterranean

Sundays in the Mediterranean

Everyone has their Sunday traditions. When the last day of the week rolls in, it is a chance to reset, recharge as well as relax before Monday returns us to the daily grind. Across the Mediterranean Sundays are seen as sacred not just for their religious tendency. They are grounded in ritual shared among family and friends. When looking into their habits as a whole, it seems that’s Spain, Italy and Greece are not at all dissimilar in their routines of this one day. 

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Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania is a region in southern Italy known for its rich history, rugged coastlines, ancient ruins, and delicious cuisine (think Margherita pizza, creamy pastries, and buffalo mozzarella). Discover five hidden gems in Campania worth exploring on your next Italian getaway. 

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The art of Italian hand gestures

The art of Italian hand gestures

Beyond an auxiliary signal to enhance a statement, the Italian gesture can be understood with no words at all. In a country where dialects can even differ vastly between 2 towns within 5km of each other, the use of the 250 hand gestures within the Italians ‘corporeal dictionary,’ is not only useful but also fundamental. 

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Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

The scenic beauty of coastlines, crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, charming towns, stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, embracing la vita lenta (slow life), and delicious Mediterranean cuisine all contribute to the allure and enchantment of living along the Mediterranean. Who wouldn’t want to dive headfirst into this lifestyle? Sipping espresso in a cozy café while watching the world go by or getting lost between narrow streets makes one want to experience this lifestyle forever. 

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