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Old 10-23-2008, 05:17 PM   #21
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almost every type of food here , course it leans heavy toward mexican. thirty min away in san diego, the sky is the limit. and of course all the chains as well. lots of choices and i still don't go out to eat much. to expensive.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:58 PM   #22
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We ahve nothing here in Raton as far as ethnic food we have one Chinese Place I have never been to as I hear it's not very good and don't consider Mexican ethnic as I live I NM. I would need to go to Santa Fe for any ethnic foods only four hours from where I live. I wish we at least had Indie and a Thai place. I can make it it myself but once in a while you just want to buy it. I think any college town has a lot of ethnic places.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:31 AM   #23
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My husband laughs at me ... Last week we went out for sushi (Dubuque does have some ethnic restaurants, but not much. I'm amazed that the sushi bar has lasted this long). I made a beef/pork stir fry (all the meat that was looking a little freezer-burned) Made some snitzel this weekend. Yes, I can cook ethnic. But I'd like someone to do it for me sometimes!
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Old 10-27-2008, 06:35 PM   #24
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Ethnic foods, eh? I love small town, mom and pop type establishments, but I hate the big city environment. Even if its really good food, the constant lights, and no personability at around 95% of the restaurants in the big cities bothers me. I would rather have a chat with the staff about whatever than just eat good food, but thats me.

As I'm from the UP, best ethnic food? Cudighi and pasties, hands down. Can't find that anywhere but up there.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:31 PM   #25
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Pasties are very popular here. But cudighi? Tell me more!
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:54 PM   #26
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Some 9-10 years ago we started keeping kosher. i thought I'd never make it, I did. But i miss going out to ethnic places. Closest kosher chineese restaraunt is in Chicago, the second one is in NY. And I love, really, really love chineese food.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:16 PM   #27
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Cudighi is a pork sausage that can only be found in the UP, and even then it's still hard to find. I make my own...dunno if I'll divulge the family recipe, I mean I will, just gotta find it. But its a pork sausage made with a pungent red wine, cinnamon, all spice, a little clove sometimes. I use it in half and half portions with ground chuck in just about anything :) But it makes awesome long patties for sandwiches, along with some mozzaralla and grill friend onions and peppers. I'll get that recipe if I can find it :)
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #28
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What is UP? or rather where is it?
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:09 PM   #29
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Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Charlie....
Never been there, but its on the list.
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:39 PM   #30
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I was born and raised in Detroit where ethnic neighborhoods were the norm. The restaurants in each neighborhood were plentiful and had some of the best food I ever had. The Greek restaurants line the streets in the Greek community of Detroit as do the places in the Italian and Jewish communities. Hamtramyck, the Polish section of Detroit had places that served fabulous Polish food. I miss having so many restuarants readily available.

Here is Vegas, which has become the food mecca of the country, the restuarants are scattered. There is really only one good Jewish place, one Greek and one Polish restuarant, but Italian restuarants are on every street corner. There must be a million restaurants here but not in clusters like ethnic neighborhoods. Not the same.

I just returned from a 10 day trip with friends from Boston and New York. I love that NY has the ethic neighborhoods where you can buy fresh ANYTHING; and restuarants that serve ethic foods line the streets there too. It did my heart good to see this. Vegas may be a mecca for the likes of Lagasse, English, Keller, and all of the other 5 star chefs and their fancy towering presentations, but where are the little places that serve really good food? And where is there a market devoted to fresh seafood?? New Yorkers have it made.

BTW, pasties are one of my all time favorite foods. There are pastie shops in the UP of Michigan like we have pizzarias here. One on every corner.
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