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The Superb

“You will see a majestic town, backed against the hills of the Alps, superb both for its men and its walls, the view of which alone suggests its being dominant over the sea.” – Francesco Petrarca When life gives you basil, make pesto – an almost accurate quote that sound like the wisest words ever said.…

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Cheesecage?

“Montalbano felt moved. This was real friendship, Sicilian friendship, the kind based on intuition, on what was left unsaid. With a true friend, one never needs to ask, because the other understands on his own accordingly.” Andrea Camilleri, The Snack Thief Salvo Montalbano is a fictional detective created by the genius of Andrea Camilleri, a Sicilian…

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The taste of the sea

South of Italy, August. It is 23:30, the temperature isn’t even considering to drop, it is too hot to go to sleep. You live in a small city, and your friends live 5 minutes away from you. You have two options: Stick your head in the fridge, hoping to fall asleep while enjoying the fake…

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Not envying the paradise

I have never been shy about my love for Sicily: the landscape, the weather, the food… what’s not to like? I have been lucky enough to have spent quite a long time of my adult life in this beautiful island, enjoying what it can offer in all her magnificence. Sicily is warm: from the sun…

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What’s new?

Sometimes life is full of surprises: over the last year I have been enjoying some cooking classes at The Cookery School at The Grand, York. Baking is not my forte so I really loved the pastry and the beef wellington lessons, I learnt a lot and I really enjoyed socialising with other people as passionate…

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The (semi)circle of life

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know healthor peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seedof murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” attribution to Pythagoras by Ovid 19th century: Charles Darwin…

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Love me, tender

6am of a Sunday morning. I read the news, the world seems to be doing better and better every day… I check my calendar, I literally have nothing scheduled for today. Time for a day in bed, eating all the crisps I have in the house, watching questionable TV shows and thinking about nothing. Sounds…

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Truth or dare?

It is a Sunday afternoon of a relatively sunny day here in Yorkshire. Autumn is approaching, the leaves are starting to show their best colours, smoothies are being replaced by cups of tea. Life is sweet. Ready with my cosy blankets, my cinnamon candles and my books, I give a final look at the photos…

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Of druids, sins and pasta

“Through singing, opera must make you weep, shudder, die.”- Vincenzo Bellini Today we are in Catania,  the second largest city in Sicily after Palermo, famous for her majestic location at the foot of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Curiosity #1: The word Etna comes from the Greek αἴθω (aithō), meaning “I burn” Curiosity…

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The human comedy

Despite my heart says that Giuseppe Ceri was onto something when he wrote about tortellini, Venus and her belly button, sometimes we need to stick to the boring, predictable reality. And the facts are clear: tortellini are old. How old they are has not been established yet, there are so many myths and legends surrounding…

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