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Traditional Sicilian Food: Cannoli & Arancini

Cannoli, traditional Sicilian food

On every single corner in Catania there was a cafe serving cannoli to enjoy with a nice strong espresso or a selection of arancini balls to pick up as a put-you-on snack. We were totally taken by this traditional Sicilian food.

OK, so here was our mistake… although they look like light snacks, both of these dishes are actually really filling so when we opted for large sizes and had them both during the same coffee break we were absolutely stuffed! Arancini balls are packed full of rice, oozing with cheese and a ragu sauce (although you can get different fillings, these are the most widely available). I was really unsure of how to eat mine, as you will see in my travel diary video from Sicily next week (subscribe, here!), but in the end I just opted to bite the top off and let the filling flop out. It was messy, but soooo delicious. I could really eat one right now.

Arancini, traditional Sicilian food

I’m definitely more of a savoury person, but Stu loves his puddings so we decided to order a traditional cannolo with a ricotta filling and sprinkles of pistachio on the sides and a chocolate cannolo and share them. Both flavours were super rich, though the chocolate one more so and even Stu thought it was a bit too much for him. The tubes are a hard pastry shell and the cream is thick and gloopy inside. I thought these were spot on to enjoy with a good strong glug of Italian espresso though, the perfect opposite to their creamy sweet nature. I would definitely choose these again, but maybe go for the smaller size next time.

Prestipino is a cafe spilling out onto Piazza Duomo in Catania, serving traditional Sicilian food with tables right in the square. It was a fun place to sit and enjoy a break from exploring with the crazy sirens of their fire trucks whizzing by and the sun disappearing behind the incredible architecture. Man, I want to go back!!

Loves x xx

 

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Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Look at these guys, I would be totally lost without them! I met up with Fran and Daisy the other week for a mastermind session and we were totally shocked to realise it had been almost a year since we last all met up together. We talk a lot about business together and so we arrange to meet up every now and then to discuss goals and just life… it usually ends up being mostly the latter with cocktails and wine, haha!

We were invited to hang out at Zouk Tea Bar in Manchester this time to chat and try out their menu and I just wouldn’t be myself if I turned down a delicious Indian meal! I had heard of Zouk, but I didn’t even realise it was Indian food until Fran sent me the menu (does anyone else like to choose what they’re going to eat before they even get to the restaurant?!). I was really excited to see so many paneer curry options as I love to try eat meat free as much as possible when I go out to eat and paneer is one of my favourite vegetarian alternatives.

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

For starters I chose Spicy Prawn Cakes, which were only moderately spiced, but completely delicious with the saffron mayo they came with and I’m excited to try making it myself at home – I love dipping sauces and condiments! After a long deliberation I choose the Palak Paneer with spinach, but I’d love to try all the paneer dishes at some point – the sauce was really tasty and again moderately spiced, but the paneer was sadly a little tasteless. Next time I might ask if they can make it tandoori style! The naan breads were delicious and I only wish I could have eaten it all!!

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

I was a little disappointed by the lack of dessert choices on the day we went to Zouk Tea Bar as I had heard they have loads of fresh cakes on offer, but we were served a generous three-scoop ice cream with lots of caramel sauce so I can’t complain! I love a good ice cream to cleanse my mouth at the end of a meal and especially to put out the fire of a good curry! We also enjoyed a nice bottle of red wine, which I always love to accompany Indian food. The restaurant is quite large with plenty of different seating options and room for large parties – a big group were happily seated while we were there, but there was plenty of space so we never felt like they encroached on our afternoon.

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

After our lovely meal at Zouk Tea Bar we headed to Allotment bar for more chatting working and a few drinks to settle into Sunday evening. We chose a seat by the window and the view of the beautiful lights outside from the cosy bar was the perfect spot to unwind and dream the evening away. We finished the night with a hot chocolate and headed off home with full bellies and heads ready to take over the world! Loves x xx

Eating Out in Manchester: Zouk Tea Bar & Grill

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