Not By Chance

Today’s Reminder of God’s Sovereignty: Today I went to Catania to pick up my new visa document. Or at least that was my plan in going to Catania. This document has been ready for several weeks and after two other failed attempts to go to Catania earlier this week, today was going to be the…

Pasta alla Norma

From the kitchen of: Pina Sambataro Vincenzo Bellini is a type of hometown hero in these parts. The Italian opera writer was born in the nearby city of Catania in 1801. One of his most popular operas is called, “Norma.” It is after the heroine of this particular opera, the well-known Sicilian dish, “pasta alla norma,”…

Eating Well in Catania

Click on the link below to watch a short (4 min.) video that gives a quick look at some of Sicily’s (and specifically Catania’s) most well-known culinary specialties. The shots of the buildings and streets give a little “taste” of downtown Catania. Click here to watch video Video originally posted on Facebook by CataniaToday on…

From The Kitchen Of: Agata Arena

I enjoyed a lot of fantastic food during the six months I spent in Sicily last year; three of my favorite meals were culinary masterpieces skillfully made by my friend’s mom, Agatha. Agatha’s namesake, like many women in the Catania area, is the patron saint of the city, Saint Agatha. There is a huge annual…

Buone Feste!

    I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and wish you and yours a very happy new year!     Tanti Auguri!  (Best wishes!)          For those who haven’t heard, I will be heading back to California in just over a week. The hope is to be home for…

Pinball (An Update)

Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland! I  am beginning to think I may have an inkling of what it is like to be a pinball. The following summary of the last month will explain what I mean: Since I don’t yet have a long-term visa for Italy and therefore had to leave Sicily within 90 days of…