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.
My favourite Granita flavour? A mix of Coffee and almond. Delish!
The pretty tiles of Bam Bar also decorate this year’s Rough Guide travel book
Mr Romantique cooling down at Bam Bar, Sicily.
We’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Sicily, the volcanic island off the coast of Calabria, with a culture as rich as Canoli!
A full destination review will be coming soon, but bear with me whilst I trawl through the hundreds of photos I took on this beautiful island. In the meantime, let me share my absolute peak-summer must-have item:
The light silk dress. When temperatures climb up and humidity rises, you need a garnment that keeps you cool and isn’t too fitted or clingy. The flowing, luxurious silk is a high-class natural fibre that feels light and free, perfect for hot summer holidays.
I’m wearing a silk dress with a Grecian-style embellished necklace applique to glam up the sun dress; perfect to carry me through until sunset apertifs. I spent whole days at the stunning beach of Isola Bella, situated near glam-glitzy Taormina. Isola Bella is a natural reserve with stunning views, crystal clear waters and plenty of fish, making it a paradise for snorklers. Beware of the jellyfish (locally known as Medusa) who got me on the first day! Their sting is harmless (unless you’re allergic) and burns for about 30 minutes. Two weeks later, my skin still bears the signature of the annoying little creature. My Sicilian adventure souvenir!
Romantique’s ‘Best of Sicily’ post is coming soon. Stay tuned!
I am wearing:
Metallic sandals: AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
Isola Bella is a tiny island in a beautiful cove.
My first weeks back in London have been super busy , I hardly had time to shift through our holiday photos, which already seems like a distant memory!
Even more reason to take time to look through the pictures and reminisce. One of our most memorable days out was a trip to Manly, a lively beach surburb North of Sydney. Just like Bondi, it’s a popular spot for backpackers, offering lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. Manly has a ferry connection to the city, making it an ideal base for tourists. From the main beach, a stunning beach walk leads you to the sheltered Shelly’s beach. Shelly’s is the first choice for snorkelers, for it’s clear blue waters and surrounding rocks, housing lots of Australia’s sea creatures.
For the overcast but warm and humid day, I wore:
- Gingham Vichy playsuit by Max Mara
- Cashmere pink cardigan from TK Maxx
- Pink / white striped espadrilles from Bally
- Red sunglasses from Versace
- Mini bag from Moschino
On the picturesque beach path from Manly to Shelly beach, you will most likely come across the Australian Water dragon, who is at home here. It looks like a mini-dragon and belongs to the family of lizards. Notices are hung up everywhere around the beach walk reminding visitors that you will be fined with up to 6 months in prison on attempt to “take a dragon”. Thanks for pointing that out, I’m not Daenerys Stormborn from “Game of Thrones”. It’s more likely you find me pinching a kitten than a water dragon!
All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides
Manly was named by Capt Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there, stating that “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.
White cotton pique dress from Max & Co
After all the colour pops of autumn and pattern clashes, I’m quite happy to slip into a calming, minimalstic white dress. For summer 2013, most designers opted for innocent whites: Romantic in broderie and lace as seen at Stella McCartney and Valentino or structured and sporty as seen at Chloe. A LWD Little White dress is a summer staple.
I like white teamed with simplicity: Above I am wearing a white dress made from waffle Piqué for a structured shape and white piping paired with a black grosgrain belt. White is like a canvas so you can play with colourful belts, blazers and shoes or stay in the white colour family for a cool white on white style.
From top left to bottom right: White dresses at the runways for SS 2013: Valentino, Simone Rocha, Marni and Chloe
White sunglasses from Moschino, black patent flats from BCBG, dress and belt from Max & Co
What are your favourite Summer Whites? Are you a romantic lace girl, a classic shift dress gal or a sporty Chloe-esque fashionista?
I love wearing the French Vichy pattern (in the UK called Gingham) which gets it’s name from the French town of Vichy . The Vichy pattern is a checked pattern in the colours blue and red and their pastel cousins. For me, it represents a rural charm, fresh air, tousled hair and Brigitte Bardot, who made the look famous. She wore a classic powder pink dress on her wedding day to Jacques Charrier.
Above: I wear a Vichy checked jumpsuit from Max Mara (and, you would have guessed, Pretty Ballerinas). Below: Kepping it classic in white and pink (Gant shirt). Rebel wears a Vichy Blazer from TK Maxx. French Supermodel Laetitia Casta wearing a Vichy patterend dress.
Ich liebe Klamotten mit Vichy Mustern. Das Vichy Muster besteht aus Karos in blau, rot oder pastellfarben und hat seinen Namen aus der franzoesischen Stadt Vichy. Ich verbinde mit dem Look frische Luft, laendlichen Charm, verwuschelte Locken und Brigitte Bardot, die diesen Look wieder in Mode brachte. Zu ihrer Hochzeit mit Jacques Charrier trug sie ein hell rosanes Vichykarokleid.
The Galeries Lafayette are not just a must see for shopping, but the department store also boasts an amazing roof terrace on the 7th floor, providing a view formidable over the city of love. Enjoy a cafe au lait and a price- less view at the same time at the cafe.
The weekend of our visit was also the start of the sale which we didn’t realise until we spotted hordes of passionate shoppers almost getting into fist fights over 500 EUR Chloe handbags and 50 metre queues just to be allowed access into the Louis Vuitton shop.
Berliners will notice that the interior of the French department store resembles that of the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin. Jean Nouvel constructed the German copy in 1991. It is one of only three in the whole world – the two others are in Casablanca, Morocco and in Dubai.
I wear a Max Mara dress, sunglasses from TK Maxx und shoes from Pretty Ballerina.