Local customs, Palermo
Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making.
The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect.
Here are some of the recipes:
Sicilian Salmon Recipe:
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped and crused
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
4 8 ounce Coho Salmon steaks
Remove the salmon from the refrigerator a half hour before cooking. Preheat the broiler. Combine lemon juice, the finely chopped and mashed garlic, and oregano. Cut 4 sheets of aluminum foil into squares larger than the salmon steaks. Brush the squares with olive oil and place on a broiler pan. Whisk the remaining oil and salt into the garlic mixture. Place the salmon steaks on the foil squares and bend up the foil at the sides, topping each with the garlic sauce. With the salmon 2" from the boiler, cook for 4 minutes. Turn the salmon without using juices and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Serve immediately with juice from the foil.
The best place for beginning your trip through Sicilyis Palermo. Seeing Palermo the first time, I really hated ! But after a while traveling through Sicily, you´ll miss this place.
The touristic places are in the old city (and it´s a really prity one, alltough sometimes you feel the poorness)
Palermo is a mix of diverse architectural styles from Arab to Renaissance.
Take your time and spent about 3-4 days.
Fondest memory: I love the italian way of drinking a coffee (it´s normaly an espresso). Walking around go into a bar, drink your coffee and eat an sandwich, or something else (panini) but do not sit down, it will costs dobble, and you won´t here the italian guys talking about football (calcio)
OFFERINGS AT CHURCHES
In many italian churches you will find 'ex-votos', litle metallic pieces in different shapes (feet, arms, heart, heads...) They are offered by ill people who want to become healthy again. They put here the part of the body they'd like to heal, and sometimes the 'miracle' happens (but take the pills, just in case!)
You cannot miss eating 'pani e panelle' and 'pani ca meusa' at the 'Antica Focacceria San Francesco', in the old town at piazza San Francesco. The place is an institution in Palermo, it's in liberty style with marble tables (McDonalds, please come and learn!). Here the Palermitani hava always been going for a traditional snack for 200 years. After this experience you can say you know Palermo.
Fondest memory: Swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Mondello beach on a sunny day in early March or late October is what I miss most. You can have 8 months of summer in Palermo, average temperature being always above 25°C. And if you are there, don't miss the 'brioche con gelato al mellone' (fresh watermelon ice-cream in a brioche) at the Antico Chiosco in Mondello.
Favorite thing: It can be very hot and in general the climate is dry. Don't forget you're in South Europe (not that you could forget...) and people have siesta's. It's too hot and nothing will be open anyway...so you go to the beach! Mondello has is a sandy beach with blue very blue water. For less crowd and a fine rocky beach walk five minutes to the West.