May 29, 2013
Spotted on the Streets of Southeast Sicily:
Mama’s Pride and Joy,
Mama’s Glamour Boy.
March 29, 2013
The altar boys go first.
Then comes a fallen Jesus.
Past my little Alis market and into the night, thick with funeral song.
November 20, 2012
I have a serious maiolica fetish.
You’ve already seen my Alpine-steep staircase in Sicily, all done up with Caltagirone tiles.
Now I’d like to share my fetish with you. Drop a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win this Sicilian tile from Caltagirone. Tell me anything–why you *need* this 4″ x 4″ prancing blue deer (trivet for your Christmas casserole?), what you love most about Italy, what you will cook for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll need to provide an address in the US or Canada if you win. (Deadline for entry: Midnight EST Friday, Nov 23.) Thanks for playing, deers!
I invite you to BaroqueSicily’s new Facebook page.
June 20, 2011
Direct from Italia! Coming soon to Peoria.
Dresses that showcase the back and plunge to the booty.
My husband commented that this blue number made him want to pour a cold drink down the valley of her spine and watch it trickle inside the wide rim of the dress.
I guess you never know what weird male fantasies a pretty dress will trigger.
Which of the dresses do you like best?
May 30, 2011
Like a bolt from the blue, the Madonna storms out of the skies on a mighty white stallion, sword at hand, slashing and slaying an army of Saracens.
Not your version of the Madonna?
Well, this is Sicily, where everything’s a little different.
The year is 1091. The place is Scicli, near Sicily’s southern coast.
The Normans ruled Sicily at that time. Norman knights were battling Saracens and getting creamed. The Norman leader, Roger de Hauteville, prayed to the Madonna for help, and–miracle of miracles–she swooped down to save the day.
Almost a thousand years later, la Madonna delle Milizie is still revered and celebrated in this stony little baroque town. The entire 1091 event is re-enacted each year in late May.
What do the locals eat to celebrate the 1091 event?
That’s right. They feast on testa di turco, a large cream puff in the shape of a turban. Never mind that the Turks came nowhere near Sicily until the 16th century.
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