No one can do sea, sand, sun, and food quite like us.
1. You can get anywhere really quickly. Because Malta is only 316 square kilometers, you’re never more than 40 minutes away from the other side of the island.
And everyone knows that good things come in small packages.
2. Which means you can fit a lot into one day. You can swim in the Blue Lagoon…
3. …grab some ftira in Valletta…
Traditionally, these Maltese flatbreads are filled with some permutation of tomatoes, capers, and olives.
5. …and still be back in time to have timpana with Nannu before he goes to the kazin.
If you like pasta, and you like pie, you’ll love timpana: layers of pasta in a rich Bolognese-style sauce, mixed with egg, and topped with a pastry crust.
When making fenkata, the bonier parts of the rabbit are used to flavour a sauce served with spaghetti for the starter, while the other pieces are cooked in a stew, and served with good bread and potatoes.
9. Your language is unique to the island, which means you always have a secret code when you’re abroad.
But you must remember to be careful at the airport.
10. English speakers can never tell if you’re making a statement or asking a question.
11. And everyone thinks it’s very original to nickname you “Malteser”.
12. This dog makes googling anything about your homeland more difficult than it needs to be.
This little guy is convinced he’s the only Maltese one out there.
13. But it’s OK, because you’re very laid back.
14. You have some of the best seasonal produce in the world.
15. But no matter what season it is, you always have time for this.
Ħobż biż-żejt just means “bread with oil”, but this dish is so much more. Delicious Ħobż tal-Malti bread is rubbed with tomatoes or kunserva (tomato puree), drizzled with olive oil, and then topped with bigilla, onion, ġbejna, tuna, olives, and capers. Hungry yet?
16. And wherever you are in the world, you know that this tastes like home.
17. You have to be careful not to eat too many of these.
Bajtar tax-xewk can be dangerous – just ask my ziju.
18. And you wish other people understood this.
You either love it or hate it. A soft drink made with Maltese bitter oranges and a blend of herbs, Kinnie is truly the taste of Maltese summer.
And didn’t judge your enormous appetite for these.
Ah, ġbejniet! Traditional cheese made with milk from sheep or goats, ġbejniet can be prepared in a number of ways, including fresh (friski or tal-ilma), sundried (moxxa, bajda, or t’Għawdex), salt cured (maħsula) or peppered (tal-bżar). The peppered variety are often pickled or stored in oil.
19. But you know that no one can resist these.
Pastizzi are dangerously delicious filo pastries filled with ricotta or curried peas. They are such a big part of Maltese culture that the word is used in several slang expressions. Just don’t call someone one, or you might get into trouble!
21. Your architecture is pretty fine.
And with more churches per square mile than anywhere else in the world, there’s a lot of it.
22. You’re so courageous that your country is the only one in the world to have been awarded the George Cross for its bravery.
23. The victory was so sweet, they named a beer after it.
24. Your history is truly ancient.
We’re talking megalithic, UNESCO World Heritage Site levels of ancient.