Leave it to the Italians to take an already indulgent treat and stuff it into a buttery baked bun-shaped pastry, a French Brioche. The Brioche con Gelato is a popular item in southern Italy and apparently is commonly eaten for breakfast in the hot summers!
This Italian version of an Ice Cream Sandwich stuffs your choice of gelato inside of a more sturdy version of the Brioche so as to easily encase your fast melting ice cream. Naturally, I had to try it! 😀
It was not particularly my favorite because I felt it was a bit bread-y and I prefer my gelato in a cone. However, I do not think I got to try it on the best made Brioche 😦 Either way, I love the fact that they made gelato a part of their breakfast so as to “cool” themselves down. Sure, Sicilians! 😉
Another popular item in Sicily is an Arancina, which is a stuffed rice ball that is breaded and fried! 🙂 They are stuffed with various things but a common one has meat sauce and mozzarella. These are pretty much everywhere and are very cheap. A good one is really tasty but what is fried and not tasty?? Between this and the panino, you are set for getting by on a little budget but something else might bulge a bit 🙂
The Sicilian region seems to be a mix of indulgent, heavy foods and healthy fresh produce and fish markets. It is not a bad mix because at least there is a balance, right? Maybe 🙂
Most of the cities in Sicily are along the coast so there is plenty of seafood! Every city I was in was equipped with fish markets.
While in Catania, I went out for seafood and tried the Squid Ink Pasta. It was very yummy! They give you a bib so you do not ruin your clothes but your mouth will be stained a little 😀
After a fairly indulgent 10 days exploring the Sicilian delicacies, I was in need of some fresh vegetables!
Arriving to Palermo, I was very happy to find multiple markets with everything from produce to olives, cheese, and seafood. Though I thought about cooking something I really just wanted some raw vegetables so I settled on making a big salad.
This salad is nothing special but it was very simple and good. It was butter lettuce with yellow bell peppers, tomatoes, avocado and topped with parmesan. With limited ingredients at a hostel, I just did olive oil, fresh lime juice and salt and pepper for the dressing. It was very tasty and satisfied my health crave 🙂
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