The island of Malta is a neighbor of Sicily. It has its own cuisine which is a blend of many other cuisines, particularly with an Italian and an Arabic influence according to multiple resources I've read. Since "fresh is best" seems to be a motto for Maltese foods, in-season vegetables are an important part of the dishes. I think I like it already!
Stews made with locally caught fish and vegetables. Pies and pastries are both sweet and savory, a normal part of Maltese cuisine. Mmm, pies with fish and vegetables? Pastries filled with cheese and vegetables? Sounds delicious. Nougat and macaroons- my mouth is watering already. But pretty heavy on carbohydrates! Apparently if I want to eat healthy, I'll just stick with stew. Stew can be hardy, and of course the weather will be cooperating. On the other hand, hey, it's an adventure right? I can enjoy something like a pie or a pastry. What to choose?