Passionate Sicilians (I wrote about this in my previous post, check it HERE ) love their prime element, the sea so I was pretty surprised to learn that my new mamma-s hardly every go to the beach. Because the sea will always be there – not for me though as I spent as much time as possible having a sunbath on the sand and enjoying the cold waves of the crystal clear water. As a second thought somehow I understand them as living in Milan I never visited the castle and when I lived in Budapest I rarely went to Heroes Square admiring the statues. Becase you take these things granted when you live there.
However they admit that sea plays an important role in their lives. Grown up in the countryside eating pig somehow was always more natural than grilled shrimps which seemed a luxury for me and I first tasted them in the big city and they arrived from the freezer. Then moving to Italy changed my eating habit sas I slowly got familiar and started to like the animals of the big blue sea. Especially at the seaside where everything is fresh, tasty and cost half as much as in the north. Black shell spaghetti or fried seafood bites are part of their everyday kitchen and even my Marco was surprised at some of the fish as they are typical only in that region.
They don’t joke when it comes to portion of food as we experienced it in a local restaurant. I was already nearl full after the apetizer when the waiter appeared with a huge oval plate held in both of his hand and my giant fish looked really big but yummy. Needless to say, I managed to eat it but we passed on the desert afterwards. Menu of restaurants are usually just a guideline as their offer depends on the daily catch of the fishermen so you walk to the counter, pick your choice and it goes directly to the kitchen for preparation.
One morning we had a really special experience as we could witness the step before these fish arrive to the pan: the arrival of fishermen boats! They unloaded their cargo and the chocolate tanned fishermen started their „land” business to sell the take. It was a special biology lesson for me as I could hardly identify the various species in their buckets, apart from the anxiously moving lobster. When we asked them for some pictures they were happy to pose with me and took even my Marco among them to try the collection of the nets. The swimdress and the cover up are both from my favourite American brand, Swimsuitsforall.
Swimdress, cover up: Swimsuitsforall
Photo: Marco Di Giovanni