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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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Travel Essentials For Your Next City Break

Travel Essentials For Your Next City Break

Cities are my favourite places to see and over the years I’ve learned a lot about what makes a trip easier to manage¬†so you can stuff in as many things to do as possible. Here are some travel essentials for your next city break:

I really need this phone charger on a keyring (1), not just for city travel but for every day of my life, haha! I met up with Daisy for coffee last week and I had to borrow her travel charger so I could get home because I had a mobile train ticket. I wish it was one off…

I love trench coats for a bit of smartness to my travel wardrobe and when I last went to New York I took my tan trench coat which made a perfect outer layer – the only problem being it was annoying to carry around when it was a bit too warm. Aquascutum asked me to tell you guys about their trench coats, which are really nice for sure, but when I saw this pack-away Trench¬†(2) I got major heart eyes – I need this for my travel wardrobe! It folds neatly into it’s own pouch, perfect for stashing in your backpack… and have you seen the colour!? Oh my! They have every colour and style you’ll ever need!

If you’re travelling with hand luggage only, these World’s Lightest cabin sized suitcases (3) are an absolute must!! You can stuff so much in there because the casing is soft and the handles wrap around the outside so as to not take up internal space, plus they only weigh 1.6kg meaning you get the rest of your weight allowance for all your shoes essentials.

Next on my list are these adorable travel wallets (4), hand sewn here in Leeds using bright and fun fabrics exclusively designed by Punto Belle. They can fit up to 4 passports, your travel documents, plus cash and credit cards!

Finally I always like to do my research on a new city before I head over there and need somewhere to collect all my recommended food places and indie shops. These city guide Moleskines (5) are great to house all your destinations, plus they have maps printed inside too. I used my New York one tonnes when I went there and it came in extra handy when I went back so I could remember the locations of all my favourite places.

What are your travel essentials for your next city break?

Loves x xx

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