Friday, October 10, 2014

10/1/14 Day 258 Celebrating 7 Years Together

It is our 7 year anniversary today! We wake up refreshed, refuel with a Sicilian Sausage omelette breakfast and head for San Vito Lo Capo, a peninsula just an hour away from our AirBnb in quaint and beautiful Castellamare del Golfo. The marble quarries just off the small highway are impressive with slabs of rock that could build a house, or perhaps more likely a palace, neatly shaven off, as if with a razor blade. Because a beach day would simply be too easy for our anniversary we choose to do a short fulfilling hike overlooking the beach where will be lazing about all the afternoon. We ascend Monte Monaco in a matter of 45 minutes, and after a rest and marvel at how blue the sea below us is we head back down to take a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea and to enjoy 80 degree sunshine on the first of October, a luxurious temperature. With a glorious 4 hours of beach time the sun is dipping into the horizon, a reminder that it is time for some Sicilian cooking. We find ourselves La Cumpa, a restaurant along the harbor featuring a swordfish special for the evening! We got ourselves a 1/2 liter of house wine and a starter platter including Sicilian Caponata (sweet and sour eggplant stew), some olives, a deep fried melty cheese and a pan fried sweet tasting cheese that was most similar to mozzarella in texture but really reminded me of tamago, a sweet egg dish served in Japan. Our swordfish came out in a fish shaped cookie cutter with greens on the side. Less exciting than I imagined it mostly tastes like a glorified can of tuna fish after being pan fried and almond crusted, not in a bad way at all, I imagine if it were prepared differently it would more resemble ahi tuna. The server was nice enough to pour us a complimentary shot of Amaro because our bellies were too full to enjoy the giant cannoli desserts served for dessert. Hiking, beach and dinner, a perfect day in Sicilly!

What better place to have a marble quarry than in a beautiful and protected national park

The hike to the top of San Vito Lo Capo

Lizard and his lunch
A decent view from the top

Clear Tyrrhenian Sea for as far as the eye can see

Looking back on our hike
Market swordfish 
To dinner plate swordfish 

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