There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~C.S. Lewis
-Photoshoot with Raul Garcia, Concepto Video Foto on Big Bear Lake, California 🇺🇸
-Winner of 3 awards in the Linus Lerner Concorso Canto 🇲🇽
-Travel: Austrian Alps 🇦🇹, Catalina Island, California 🇺🇸, Atlanta, Georgia 🇺🇸, Ragusa Ibla 🇮🇹, etc…
Looking back on a wonderful 2019 and looking forward to a promising 2020! Here are some highlights:
2. Winner of 3 awards in the Linus Lerner Concorso Canto 🇲🇽
4. Photoshoot with Raul Garcia, Concepto Video Foto on Big Bear Lake, California 🇺🇸
5. Vacation on Catalina Island, California 🇺🇸
6. Photoshoot with Raul Garcia, Concepto Video Foto on Big Bear Lake, California 🇺🇸
7. Celebrating my birthday with friends and my goddaughter in Vienna 🇦🇹
8. Vacation in the Austrian Alps 🇦🇹
9. Lesson with my amazing new voice teacher Lavinia Chereches 🇩🇪
After getting my Italian passport a few years ago, I found out that my Great grandfather on my dad’s side came from Prizzi. During our trip to Sicily, we were determined to get to the little hillside village in the inland part of the region of Palermo. We found that there was even a small dead-end alleyway with a name similar to my last name: Salita Algozzino.
It was a very funny story when we went to visit the street sign. You must first know that Prizzi is a very small village, so people were obviously staring at us in the streets, since we were not from there. My family and I were walking through the small streets going to the sign. All of a sudden we heard all the windows of the balconies open and there was lots of yelling between apartments. Under the Algozzino sign stood a small older lady sweeping. She looked very frightened to see me. I explained to her in Italian that our family had come from Prizzi and we came all the way from the US to see it and the street with our last name. Relieved, she responded “I thought you were spying on me. I thought you were a mole!” She then relaxed and encouraged us to walk around and enjoy Prizzi.
So as you can tell from this story, Prizzi is a VERY small village!
One of my favorite parts of visiting the little village of Prizzi was our dinner at Blue Games, the best meal of our trip! Don’t let the ambiance fool you! From the front, it was a deli with cases of cheeses and meats. In the back, are modest tables. There was a familiarity about the restaurant and people, I felt like I was visiting my cousins in Long Island, New York. It was Friday night and the teens were out in groups getting their hamburgers and French fries.
Our waiter Giuseppe was very genuine and spoke to us how he grew up in Prizzi, but was moving in a week to Milan for work as an electronic engineer. He was already melancholy about leaving his hometown. He was very excited to serve us his favorite dishes. He pointed to a set menu for €20/person. He then chose the options for us “instead of french fries, I’ll give you the antipasto dish…and instead of steak, you should try the 3 meat trio since the lamb and sausage are local.” We could not believe when course after course kept coming (note that the photos are only 1 portion, NOT for the entire table to share).
Antipasto: The antipasto was my favorite part of the meal, since it was filled with a variety of Sicilian cuisine, a few which I was trying for the first time: panella (chick pea/garbanzo bean fritter, tasting similar to polenta), caponata (also known as ratatouille, like an eggplant vegetarian stew in stewed tomatoes), slices of parmesan cheese, fried eggplant, marinated mushrooms, olives and bread.
Primo piatto: The pasta was in a tomato sauce with a hint of cinnamon, mushrooms and local sausage from Prizzi.
Secondo piatto: The meat trio included steak, local sausage and local lamb all over rucola. I usually don’t like lamb, but to my surprise, this lamb was delicious and was actually my favorite of the dish!
Dolce: Call me crazy, but I have never particularly liked cannoli in the US since, to me, it tasted like a stale cookie filled frosting. This all changed when I went to Sicily and became obsessed with cannoli!! When you walk into the Sicilian bakeries, you will see empty cannoli in the case. That is because they only fill them in the spot once they are ordered. They are filled with ricotta cheese, which is not particularly sweet, but decadent and rich. The shell isn’t hard and stale, but instead fried to a light crisp. Cannoli is now my dessert of choice!!
If you happen to find yourself in the small hillside village of Prizzi, definitely enjoy a meal at Blue Games.
From Ragusa to Prizzi, we planned a stop at the Scale dei Turchi on the central south coast of Sicily, near Agrigento. In this area, we drove through many magnificent red rocks. Then after a short walk on the beach, all of a sudden, there is a striking white chalky rock. Such a gorgeous combination of colors between the blue sea and sky, the brown sand, the red rocks, all coming together to create a spotlight on the stunning white rock. Truly a natural wonder that’s worth a visit.
The stunning view of Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy 🇮🇹from our balcony at B&B Belvedere All’Idria. I would highly recommend to stay here, not only for this amazing view, but also because the B&B host, Simone, was exceptional! He cooked his guests breakfast every morning and offered an additional service to take us around to see the nearby cities of Scicli and Modica during our stay. This view is one of my favorite memories of our trip around Sicily ❤️