Saturday, April 30, 2011

One phenominal little girl / E PL-2

In Baltimore Harbor, while looking for a place to have lunch, we entered Jimmy;s a not very fancy luncheonette. Upon entering, we were greeted by this little girl who handed us the Menus and entertained us with her comments. Absolutely delightful.

Piatti / E PL-2

Plates outside a ceramic store in Scopello.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pranzo inaspettato / E PL-2

We went to Scopello near Castellammare where the sea boulders look a lot like Capri's. It was lunch time and all appeared closed. We entered the baglio, or the courtyard that housed all the old dwellings and saw Il baglio a restaurant that was open. f course we let the owner, a pleasant woman decide the menu for us. It began with a caponata that she had just made. Fantastic. I had the couscous with fish - this is the way couscous is prepared in Sicily- while my wifew had the pasta alle vongole veraci, a clam sauce that is simplicity itself. The secondo was a dish of misto fritto that we shared. It was realy a delicious and unexpected lunch. I must return here this summer.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sotto il Ponte Scalzi E PL-2

A view taken from under the Ponte Scalzi. You got to love Italy. On the day we arrived, the coaches that run from the airport to Piazzale Roma not running because of a strike. On the second day, the vaporetti were on strike as part of a 24 hour national transportation strike but there was kimited service from the ferrovia, the RR station, to Rialto. Of course, there being a strike no one bothered with tickets so the ride was free. This shot is from just before the station and just after passing the Scalzi Bridge in late afternoon. Venice is just magical.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cows swimming in flowers / E PL-2

Sicily in the winter and spring is very green and colourful. This is the Fraginesi area of the territory of Castellammare del Golfo. The cows appear to be swimming in this beautiful field of daisies.

Another Sicilian Neighbor / E PL-2

This is my neighbor Signora Nuccia preparing fresh fava beans for a minestra. She is a very sweet person who cannot do enough to show her friendship.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Carciofi Veneziani E PL-2

It was artichoke season while we were in Venice and they were everywhere.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A really good gelato / E PL-2

Shot in Genova. This little girl is the granddaughter of a friend. She surely enjoyed her gelato.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sicilian Cassata for Easter.

The flavor is not to be believed. That's waht we had for dessert. The ricotta is imported from Palermo and is made from sheep's milk. The pastry shop is Alba Bakery in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Fantastic