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Posted on July 23, 2014

Granita Siciliana

Cuisine/ Italy/ Romantique/ Travel

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Sicilian cuisine is just as rich and diverse as it’s culture, bearing traces from the Arabs and Greeks. The opulent deserts and sweets have been influenced by the Arab candymakers of the 9th century.

My all time favourite desert from Sicily is Granita, also knows as Granita Siciliana. Hailing from Catania, Sicily, the delicious, sorbet-like dessert made of sugar, water and flavourings is savoured all over Italy, but it tastes best in Sicily! (Yes, you guessed it, Sicily is NOT the place to go when you’re on a diet)!

The quality of Granita is amazing almost everywhere on the island, but Bam Bar in Taormina is the prettiest spot for enjoying the sweet but light local speciality. At the orange-themed café in the heart of Taormina, you can chose between several flavours: Café, Almond, Nutella, Peach, chocolate & and many more. The icy granite is a saviour during a hot summers day. Dip a brioche into the Tranita to eat it like a real Sicilian!

The texture and taste of Granita varies from city to city in Sicily: Catania specialises in chocolate Granita and he texture is smooth like a sorbet whereas in Palermo, the sweet is more coarse and grittier.

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My favourite Granita flavour? A mix of Coffee and almond. Delish!

 

The pretty tiles of Bam Bar also decorate this years Rough Guide travel book

The pretty tiles of Bam Bar also decorate this year’s Rough Guide travel book

 

Mr Romantique cooling down at Bam Bar, Sicily.

Mr Romantique cooling down at Bam Bar, Sicily.

 

I'm wearing a gingham dress by Gant and blue Straw bag earrings from Sicily.

Posted on December 29, 2013

Stormy day in Sydney

Australia/ Romantique/ Travel

Bondi Beach Romantique

After a tumultuous departure from London for Sydney and a seven hour delay in  Dubai, I’m happy to be in Sydney at last. The picturesque beaches and bright blue skies more than make up for the 33-hour-flight!

When it comes to fashion, Sydney rocks the style of a very relaxed beach city: During the day, men tend to wear the flip flops, shorts and a washed-out Fresh Jive T-shirt. Women can be seen in tiny sun dresses, wide-brimmed straw hats and sandals. I’m glad Mr Romantique moved away from the generic Sydneysider look and now nails the casual but cool look: Knee length shorts, navy blue polo short and Ray Ban Aviators.  For a stormy day, I’m wearing a red, printed T-shirt from Gianfranco Ferre, a comfy denim skirt from Esprit and my two indispensable Sydney accessories: South African Havaianas for comfort and Ray Ban wayfarers.

Mr Romantique is wearing: Shorts from Tokyo Laundry, polo shirt from Calvin Klein.

Mr Romantique is wearing: Shorts from Tokyo Laundry, polo shirt from Calvin Klein.

View of Bondi Beach from the famous Restaurant and outdoor pool Bondi Iceberg

View of Bondi Beach from the famous Restaurant and outdoor pool Bondi Iceberg

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Street style Sydney: Printed Shirt from GF Ferre, wayfarers from Ray Ban. South African themed flip flops from Havaianas.

Bondi's Iceberg Outdoor Pool set in the middle of the ocean

Bondi’s Iceberg Outdoor Pool set in the middle of the ocean

 

 

 

 

 

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