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Excursion 24: Culinary Discovery Tour - Sensuous Sicily : Total Immersion
Tour Code: TAM-2CT
Tour Length: Full Day (Approximately 7 hours)

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Accompanied by your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, visit the classic open fish and produce market in Catania, learn hands-on how to make delicious cannolis from a Sicilian pastry master and cap off the day with lunch and a cooking demonstration at a famed local restaurant.

Meet your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef in the morning and begin your day with a drive from the pier through Giardini Naxos and on to seaside Catania. Sicilians are passionate about food, and there is no better place to experience that passion than Mercato del Pesce di Catania. This ancient street market is always a wonderful cacophony of exotic sights and sounds, with locals selling everything from blood oranges to cuttlefish. Watch tuna and swordfish being fabricated by the local fish mongers and sample aged sheep cheeses and cured meats. You'll stroll though the marketplace, with an orientation provided by the chef and an experienced culinary guide, purchasing ingredients for this afternoon's Sicilian cooking class.

After enjoying the market 'like a local', you'll walk a few blocks to a nearby family-owned patisserie to make cannoli, Sicilian-style. This classic dessert consists of tube-shaped, fried pastry dough filled with sweet, creamy ricotta cheese from sheep's milk. It's often flavored with chocolate chips, pistachios or candied fruits. Under the watchful eye of the Sicilian pastry chef, you'll create your own cannolis, learning how to get the consistency just right for the filling and the crispy shell. Of course, you may eat whatever you make. It's thought that cannolis were invented in Sicily in the 9th century when Arabs introduced sugar cane as a sweet substitute for honey.

Next, you'll head to Nero d’ Avola, a local restaurant so famous it was featured on the new CNN travel channel program. Here, you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration with some hands-on components as well as lunch is this enchanting and authentic Sicilian institution.

After an exquisite luncheon with local wines, you'll return to the ship.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing that includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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