Video: A Sicilian Lunch with Maria

An exciting dimension of our Best of Sicily in 11 Days Tour is a daily banquet of delicious, fresh, and seasonal local cuisine. Here’s an example of the meals our guide, Alfio, is dishing up almost daily — as introduced by our host and chef, Maria Grammatico. Maria is a legendary cook in Erice (on the far-western tip of Sicily), and she was delighted to introduce us to her favorite dishes. The African influence (couscous in Italy?) is a reminder that we’re just 100 miles from Tunisia — home of the once-upon-a-time rulers of this region, the Carthaginians. The few seconds at the end of this clip, when our entire group digs in, really captures the experience.

This is Day 8 of my A Hundred Days in Europe series. As I lead tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences in Sicily, Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Portugal, Paris, Ireland, the heart of England, Scotland, Germany’s Black Forest, Alsace, the great cities of Switzerland, and more. I never know exactly what’s next…but it’s always fascinating and inspiring. Thanks for joining me here on my blog and via Facebook.