Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! / BUONA HALLOWEEN!

The easiest costume I could find...I simply took out all my orange clothes, and dressed up as a ....pumpkin!

Un vestito da Halloween semplicissimo...ho tirato fuori i miei capi arancione, ed eccomi vestita da...zucca!

 
My 1920s plume which my daughter sent me recently, she knows I'm obsessed with head-wear. The perfect color for Halloween.

La piuma anni '20 che mi ha appena spedito mia figlia. Lei conosce  la mia ossessione per cappelli, piume ecc.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

SUNDAY IN TRAPANI / DOMENICA A TRAPANI

We're in autumn but the sun is still shining in Trapani. 



Sea urchins are sold on the street by street vendors. They cut it open, then it's eaten either alone or with vinegar.


Jasmine...this is what we use to make our famous and delicious gelato al gelsomino (Jasmine ice cream)


Villa Mokarta and in the distance Monte Erice


My favorite spot on Sunday ...il Bar della Rotonda (in Italy a bar is a cafè, not the American style bar)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A GLIMPSE AT SICILIAN HOSPITALITY / UNO SGUARDO ALL'OSPITALITA' SICILIANA

In my previous two posts I have mentioned the OSTELLINO, a pretty little b&b just on the outskirt of Trapani, at the foot of Monte Erice.  Here are some pictures of the actual Ostellino. It's run by Andrea Iraci and Chikako Nagano. You  can follow Chikako at her personal blog  http://il-cane-sciolto.blogspot.it/













Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OLIVE PICKING SEASON IN TRAPANI / LA RACCOLTA DELLE OLIVE IN TRAPANI

Autumn is olive picking time in Sicily and at the OSTELLINO b&b in Via Pegno 2  Erice, Trapani, Andrea and Chikako pick them  the traditional way.

In autunno si raccolgono le olive e  all'OSTELLINO b&b in Via Pegno2 Erice, Trapani, Andrea e Chikako lo fanno nel modo tradizionale.











Saturday, October 12, 2013

AT THE OSTELLINO IN ERICE, TRAPANI / ALL'OSTELLINO IN ERICE, TRAPANI

Andrea Iraci and Chikako Nagano run a lovely B&B in Erice, Trapani (L'Ostellino, via Pegno 2)
  right at the foot of Monte Erice.  Andrea is an expert at making TAJINE and he showed me how to prepare it.  Here are some pictures. 

Andrea Iraci e Chikako Nagano conducono un B&B molto carino (L'Ostellino in via Pegno)  in Erice, Trapani, praticamente ai piedi di Monte Erice. Andrea è molto bravo a fare il TAJINE e mi ha fatto vedere come si prepara.  Ecco delle foto.






Wednesday, October 2, 2013

THE KING AND I IN TRAPANI / IO E IL RE

Sicily is famous for its sweets...cannolis, cassate, gelato, granite.  You can find them all in the fabulous Pasticceria Colicchia.  It is owned by Cavaliere Francesco Colicchia,  the King of Cannoli in Trapani!