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The Sicilian Carretto

The original idea of carts was introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks, although the history of the now highly-recognised traditional Sicilian cart is relatively new, dating back to the early 19th century and the need for transportation…
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Pasta alla Carrettiera

Serves 6 This recipe is attributed to the cart drivers because of its simplicity. It is assumed that the drivers were able to make up the sauce easily on the side of the road while their pasta boiled over an open flame. Adding a little…
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Catania and “La Pescheria” markets

This stunning tour of Eastern Sicily offers you the opportunity to not only discover the islands of the Aeolian, and the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna, but also to journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces…
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Healthy Travelling Tips

This season it doesn’t matter if you are going abroad or just cruising around our beautiful country, there is no excuse to let your health slide. Here are some useful travelling tips to stay in top condition and return home feeling revived…
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Piazza Armerina - Villa Romana di Casale - Caltagirone

The beautiful medieval town of Piazza Armerina located south on a hill not far from the town of Enna in the heart of Sicily. Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was conquered by the Arabs in 861. With its dark cobbled streets and…
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Norfolk Island a hidden culinary delight

Norfolk Island Culinary Experience 8 day culinary delight - 15 to 22 November 2014 Join me on this gourmet journey to one of the loveliest places in the South Pacific. You’ll be spoiled on this culinary journey where you’ll not only…
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All about Cheese

“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are cheese” On my September 2013 tour of Eastern Sicily, I with the assistance of our wonderful chef Massimo showcased a great selection of local Sicilian cheeses which we enjoyed with…
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Spain and the tapas that took over

Not to go into too much detail so as not to have you feeling completely envious that I spent my Christmas in Spain although I do want to let you know if you have never been before that Spain supplies all the wonders of a European city that…
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A celebration of Boutique Beer!

It is Queensland Beer Week - 13 July to 21 July and for all of you enjoying a smorgasbord of the amber liquid this post is for you! Whether you enjoy the paler ale or a darker full bodied brew, you can sample all this and more on our Culinary…
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Discover the South Pacific

Departing 13 December 2013 - Brisbane to New Zealand Sailing from Brisbane, Orion will cruise some of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. On this itinerary, we’ll not only sample the sights of the South Pacific but the tastes as…
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A tropical gastronomic affair by rail

Join me for a unique experience offering a gastronomic affair in Queenslander Class onboard The Sunlander. Discover the breathtaking scenery and crystal blue waters of the Whitsundays while you indulge your senses. Whitsunday Gourmet MasterClass 4…
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Our days on Salina Island

Sicily's menus are as contrasting as its seasons and are reflective by its vast and rocky coast lines, its abundant seas and fertile lands. Eastern Sicily would not be complete without a tour to the exotic and tranquil Aeolian Islands. These…