3 Weeks Until Labor Day Wkend

Discussion in 'The Late Night Cafe (off-topic)' started by margcata, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. margcata

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    Buon Giorno,

    Plans for Labor Day Weekend ? It is only 3 weeks away.

    Are you travelling or preparing lunch at home or is someone else cooking ? What are your family´s  faves on Labor Day  ?

    Look forward to your feedback.

    Margcata.

    Labor Day on the Iberian Peninsula is May 1st through 3rd May ... However, we do celebrate the USA Holiday with our two daughters and grandchildren over in Puglia at our Condo.

    We do not have a BBQ as this is an apartment close to Port & Beach, however, we shall do an open air terrace lunch ... Spicy Oven Broiled Buffalo Wings ( chicken ) perhaps with a blue vein Gorgonzola cheese dressing for dipping or perhaps Roast Pork of Kaneo´s --- waiting for her recipe !  and / or Roast milk fed baby Lamb, which is a fave of our´s from Abruzzi ...
     
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      Hi Margcata!

       I am sorry to say that I do not have any current plans for Labor day.  I'll probably have the family at my house, or go to my parents...not sure yet.

       I am going to take my wife out for our 20th anniversary tomorrow.  We'll be going to Merlo on Maple, it's a wonderful older Chicago home turned into a homey restaurant.  The food and service was really good a number of years ago, when we went there last.  But I couldn't help but think of some of your food when I was scrolling through the menu  at Merlo.

       Anyway...I hope you and your family have a great Labor Day...the food your going to prepare sounds absolutely delicious!
     
  3. margcata

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    Happy Anniversary Dan,

    The restaurant selected, sounds absolutely wonderful. What are the epicurian specialties served ?

    I shall make a note in the Chicago Notebook ...

    Have a fabulous time, and all my best,

    Margi.
     
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    Wings? when you are so close to the sea and all that great sefood? And how about some Serrano ham?
     
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    Marg..Buffalo wings? Shame when you are so close to the sea and all that great seafood and what about some Serrano Jambon?  Have fun EDB
     
  6. margcata

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    Chef Ed,

    We can eat seafood whenever we wish basically ... We are on Gargano, Puglia Port until 4th or 5th September. 

    We actually prefer, Spanish Acorn fed Black foot Jabugo Ham from Huelva or Badajoz, Extremadura . Navidul is a fine producer and 7 slices run me 1 Euro !  or Prosciutto di Parma, in Italia.

    Have wonderful day,

    Margi.
     
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        Margcata...now that's just rubbing it in, 1 Euros! LOL      7 slices from Fermin normally runs me about 12-26 USD!  Personally, I still enjoy the couple of pieces I buy at the inflated price we pay for it in the US.  The flavors are just too much not to enjoy every once and a while.  Probably the best Prosciutto di Parma I have had is Pio Tosini.  To my taste this was really a big step up in flavor/quality/craftsmanship compared to other Prosciutto di Parma's we get in the Chicagoland area. 

    Merlo specializes in cuisine from Northern Italy, they came to Chicago from Bologna.  I'm not sure what I'll feel like having when we get there, I'll probably see what my wife wants to order first and then play off of her choice.  I placed a couple of link, from Merlo, in the post above...here's the menu link.   My wife is already eyeing up getting dessert later in the day at Hot Chocolate restaurant.

       Your menu for celebrating the American Labor Day, with your children, seemed nostalgic to thoughts away from the port with which your currently staying at.  Really, I couldn't imagine the food you eat on a daily basis...it must be amazing.  As would be living on one of our coast near great seafood.  But I will say, the roasted pork and milk fed baby lamb sounds delicious (what type of roast pork were you referring to?  the Kaneohe, Hawaii roast pork?). 

    Take care!

      Dan
     
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     Dan Gone Fishing,  

    Buonasera,

    Enjoy the treat ... It is what keeps you eternally young ...

    Due to crisis in Spain, Navidul promotes its product this way ... 1 Euro - 7 lovely slices ... It is good ... Not the best I have had, however, mighty good.

    The funny thing is, I do not like Iberian Acorn Fed Ham cooked ... Only enjoy it very very finely carved ( sliced ) with a good glass of Sherry ( Fino ) or Wine ... Need nothing more ...

    I shall bring over some along with the Evoo and Wine next year when we get over to see my Mom in Florida and older daughter.

    I am not sure about availability on Pork Roasts in Puglia.

     Lamb roast is much simpler here ... This arid part of Italia, located close to provinces of Umbria, Abruzzi and Basilicata is lamb turf ...

    Thanks  you for your  post ... Madrid Capital is easier for Pork Roasts or Cochinillo, baby suckling roast, which is how we truly enjoy it ... this is Spain ...

    Ciao.

    Margaux.
     
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    Good luck bringing ham through customs!

    Labor day is May 1 here, and the first monday of september is, rather,  a laboring day - i'll be working all day/img/vbsmilies/smilies/frown.gif  
     
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    Yes, Labor Day is May 1st in Spain too.

    I have never had any problems bringing in a couple of gifts, pâtes, ham, idiazabal ewe cheese, ibores goat cheese and other items ... The Spanish National Department packages all for me and I do not carry on flight.

    Have nice August.

    Margcata.
     
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    The Spanish National Department?  Do you have diplomatic status?  For most of us, they confiscate all food items at the border, even vacuum-sealed prosciutto.  .
     
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    Siduri,

    If you purchase your gifts from the Duty Free, they shall deliver it to your plane and when you depart at the destination airport, they shall hand you the clearance and the shopping bag ... You should have no problems.

    Have a nice August.

    Margcata.
     
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    Margcata, is that what the spanish national department is?  the duty free?  I don't know about spain and government departments. I thought you meant a diplomatic department perhaps.  

    Yeah, i could get stuff at duty free, but once they confiscated that too, and it cost double than the stores!  Depends on who you get at customs.  Or maybe you have to get special papers for it for the states.  The guy at customs, luckily, didn;t give me a fine, but he took my stuff and didn't care where it came from or that it was vacuum sealed. 
     
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    Siduri,

    Buon Giorno.

    Sometimes, it is a matter of Luck. Yes, the Duty Free Shops are more expensive than the tiny little Boutique Deli Charcuterie establishments ...

    I have been lucky, however, I also believe it has alot to do with the Airport of Arrival too. Some states are a bit more restrictive than others.

    The Vet, my husband, specialises in Bovine Medicine and natural Nutrition for the species of cattle and livestock and thus, he has special Government status as he has many professional commitments in Europe, South America and in Texas, USA.  So, he handles the few  Gifts.

    Enjoy the last days of Summer,

    Margaux.  
     
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       Well, plans for Labor day will include having the family over our house.  I plan to keep things fairly simple...the only two items othe list so far are smoked ribs and cornbread.  I'll probably put together a simple coleslaw as well.  Dessert?  I don't know...maybe I'll see how the peaches are when it gets closer.

     Dan
     
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    Dan,

    Thanks for your contribution. Got the whole Crew here in Puglia, that is the 2 Gals, 5 children amongst them, and their spouses, and the Vet & I. With the last of the renovations and reforming of the condo.

    I need a real vacation...  ha ha ha. The gals have voted for a cassola or boulaibaisse with shellfish and angel hair and the guys jived in ... For the five GK, BBQ on Hibachi Chicken Wings & Thighs. It is one of dishes of our family, that we all enjoy so much,

    Have lovely end of summer time.

    Margaux.  
     
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