Friday, September 30, 2016

A Visit to Trapani in Sicily for Cannoli

This amazing post would not be possible without my favorite social media website called Twitter. I am such a big fan of Twitter, my followers are some of the nicest people on earth. I am always meeting new folks, and Francesca Polisano is one of them. She writes the blog Saucy Sicliana, and is the mother of Sayaka Alessandra . Francesca is from Trapani, a city and comune on the west coast of Sicily in Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Trapani. Founded by Elymians, the city is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands. Of course she has a love and fondness for cannoli, or cannolo as they say in Italy, and agreed to do a guest photo post for me. The first thing I noticed of these "original" cannolo is the size. They are MEGA huge. They are filled from side to side, as I hate when you bite into a cannoli and the middle is empty! I do not think you would have that problem in Trapani. I think you will enjoy this wonderful little visit with Francesca:  
Bar Erice, where they make the biggest cannolis. The bar is located in Napula,  a little town just a few minutes drive from Trapani.  Below photo is Francesca sitting at the Bar Erice ready to eat their cannolo.  

This looks like pure heaven! Look how that is filled and it looks so creamy! Oh my word!!  
The Pasticceria Colicchia, the most famous cannoli shop in Trapani.  In the above photo Francesca is standing on the side of the shop with their cannolo, the other picture she is with Cavaliere Francesco Colicchia, the owner.

CAFE' DEL CORSO, one of the most popular cafè in Trapani's historical center, and Francesca sitting at the cafè ready to eat the cannolo. This cafe' is really gorgeous! 
 DATTILO, a tiny town near Trapani, famous for its cannoli and Francesca below enjoying their cannolo 
The size of these just amazes me! That would be my dinner, for sure!!  
Francesca holding the cannolis of Dattilo
BAR LUNA, a popular cafè in Trapani
Francesca in front of  Cafè ORONERO, on the main road of Trapani, Via Fardella. Cafè Oronero is  the only bar in Trapani which serves cannolis from Napula. For people who are too lazy to go to Napula :) 

I hope you enjoyed this little visit of some "real" "authentic" cannoli from Francesca in Trapani, Sicily. Be sure to check our her blog, Saucy Sicliana, and give her a follow on twitter HERE. She has some great recipes on her blog as well as shows you around Trapani. If you are not currently on twitter, I say give it a try. There are some fabulous people you can meet, and I would love for you to follow me as well HERE.  
A BIG Thank you to Francesca for these amazing photos & lots of cannoli ♥ !! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: If I could marry cannoli cream, I would - Unknown 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Brooklyn Daily Eagle 1916"

In keeping with our Brooklyn theme from yesterday, here is a really cool photo from 1916 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle headquarters. I really love so much about this photograph, so much detail everywhere, I could look at it for hours! The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was a daily newspaper published in the city and later borough of Brooklyn, for 114 years from 1841 to 1955. At one point it was the most popular afternoon paper (with the largest daily circulation in the nation) in the United States. Walt Whitman, the 19th Century poet, was its editor for two years. 

What is your favorite part of this photo? 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Amazing Brooklyn Chocolate Tour

I was really thrilled to be included on the very first Brooklyn Chocolate Tour from A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours and it's owner Tony Muia. I feel Tony's tours are the best to see Brooklyn, they are very carefree, and he makes you feel like family.  Tony had told me he was working on this tour for a while, and I was so excited when I saw it was starting in the Fall.  
We had one of the most gorgeous days when we took the tour, and the views were just over-the-top New York ! 
Looks like a postcard, doesn't it ?  
Our first stop was my favorite Jacques Torres, Mr. Chocolate, original location in DUMBO ( Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), which I had been to once before. Mr. Torres was the master pastry chef for Le Cirque, and opened this first location in 2000. He has shops in Manhattan, and I highly suggest you stop in.  
The chocolate combos are just wonderful here, the chocolate chip cookies quite famous 

What a great gift to take back to family and friends, after you are done with the chocolate, you have a nice little box for trinkets.  
We sampled chocolate covered cheerios, chocolate covered blueberries and chocolate covered almonds. The cheerios will just blow your mind!  
We also visited Valentino Pier  in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which had gorgeous views of Lady Liberty  
We were really very lucky with the gorgeous day we had on this first of many chocolate tours! When you go on a tour with someone who is from Brooklyn, they will take you places you probably won't know to go on your own. That is what makes it worth while. 
Brooklyn has some cool architecture as well 
The Chocolate Room was a place I had heard about and always wanted to visit. It did not disappoint. 
How nice of Tony to hold the door for everyone to check out this chocolate heaven! 
We were able to meet one of the owners, Jon Payson, which was very neat. He talked about how they started the shop, and we were able to ask questions. 
Now I must say, the smell in this place was like being in the chocolate room of Willy Wonka! It smelled so, so good. I could have stayed all day.  
We were treated to the most tasty hot chocolate, think of a melted chocolate bar! 
Their famous chocolate layer cake was given to us to taste in cupcake form.  
This was truly an amazing foodie experience.  
Adorable cafe, not very big, but oh so worth the trip. I hope they open one in Manhattan in the future as I would be really thrilled! They do ship some of their items online.  

Raaka Co. Chocolate Factory in Red Hook was our next stop. Raaka is Finnish for "raw" because they do not roast the cocoa beans. Most chocolate that you buy is made by roasting the beans, this is a different process that produces some of the most amazing flavored chocolate. 
Happiness is Unroasted 
We also had the pleasure of meeting the co-owner here as well, Ryan Cheney, who talked about what was important to the company. Raaka supports in-country growth and development by giving cocoa farmers around the world an effective 20 percent raise for their beans. 

They have chocolate making classes, sign me up! 
We had a tasting of about 5 of their bars, and one was better than the next. The coconut milk and apple pie were my favorites, and came home with me. 
My only regret here is that we couldn't go behind the factory to see them making the actual chocolate. That would have been pretty darn cool, they do have tours available. 

The bars' gorgeous wrappers, are pretty amazing as well. Printed with soy inks on 100% recycled paper and processed with wind-generated energy, it's good for the planet, too. This apple pie bar is just unreal, you can actually taste the crust from the graham cracker on top. Sublime. 
Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City was our last stop on the tour. This is the oldest Manhattan chocolate shop, opening in 1923. I have been to their location inside Grand Central Terminal, but this was a nice spot to check out their new place. Industry City is really growing by leaps and bounds. 

I never met a chocolate shoe I didn't like! They have some of the best chocolate molds here. 
Wonderful gifts to bring back home! Their chocolate is really so flavorful and yummy. 

This was amazing to see the chocolate being dipped on what looked like cookies! I was looking to see if Lucy was going to come and try to work the machine! (I actually have a hallmark ornament of her doing just that!) They are also in Chelsea Market and Greenwich Village. A must stop for the chocolate lover! 

This Brooklyn Chocolate Tour was just wonderful. The time went by too fast, I need to do another one with a friend! The tours run Monday, Wednesday and Friday, leaving from Union Square area. The tours run about 4 hours and cost is $50.00 per person. Advanced tickets are required, and you will not be disappointed in this tour. You actually may wish to take it more than once, to cater to your chocolate and Brooklyn fix!

Disclosure: I was provided one ticket to attend this chocolate tour by A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours for this review. There has been no monetary compensation for this post. I only recommend products that I feel will be of interest to my readers, and that I am truly impressed by. All opinions are my own. Thank you!! 

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