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Old 10-28-2008, 07:40 PM   #31
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Although Italian cuisine is very diverse and there is no lack in delicious variety among them, we do enjoy something exotic like middle eastern, moroccan, greek, indian, thai, indonesian etc. on a regular basis. And living very close to the exotic quarter in central Rome we can find all the ingredients readily and with relatively small prices too. We feel lucky about it as Italian folks can be highly conservative and little adventurous when it comes to foreign style of cooking or ingredients, so it would be very difficult to get many things if we lived elsewhere.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:33 PM   #32
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Yup, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Marquette and the other places I listed are pretty central to the state. If you are ever up there (Top 10 in the US for any food person), there are a few places you HAVE to stop by. Small town, mom and pop places. I'm related to about 3/4 of the owners too (Tee hee :) Lawry's Pasties is the best hands down, but if you want bulk, you can hit up Nylund's in Iron River. Gramma T's aren't what I call pasties because they are totally different from what I grew up with. I dunno, hit me up if you need suggestions :)
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:09 AM   #33
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We live in a small town too, but it's a tourist town, so they have restaurants that should accomodate all pallets. In the main square we have

La Mexicana- No explanation needed
Basil- Thai food
Buona Taviolla- Italian place with the BEST tiramisu you've ever had
The Crooked Kilt- Irish fare
The Greek- again no explanation needed

There are also several small bread and sweets shops, as well as an olive specialty store (We Olive) and a gourmet cheese shop...I am in cooking heaven here. There's a very small italian deli/liquor mart with fresh italian meats and cheeses too!
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Old 10-29-2008, 12:47 PM   #34
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Yup, Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Marquette and the other places I listed are pretty central to the state. If you are ever up there (Top 10 in the US for any food person), there are a few places you HAVE to stop by. Small town, mom and pop places. I'm related to about 3/4 of the owners too (Tee hee :) Lawry's Pasties is the best hands down, but if you want bulk, you can hit up Nylund's in Iron River. Gramma T's aren't what I call pasties because they are totally different from what I grew up with. I dunno, hit me up if you need suggestions :)
I'm curious: what is it about Gramma T's pasties that are different? What is your perfect pastie?
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:02 AM   #35
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I live in Phoenix and always bemoaned the lack of ethnic restaurants there. However, after much research, I was able to find a whole bunch of really good ethnic restaurants - some large, and some hole-in-the wall places. There are several Thai, Indian, and Middle Eastern places. There's a really good Persian restaurant called the Persian Room in North Phoenix/Scottsdale. An Afghani restaurant opened about a year ago, but it's a 25-mi drive and way, and I go there only infrequently. A Burmese restaurant opened a few months ago in Scottsdale, but I wasn't really impressed with the food there.
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Old 11-29-2008, 10:38 AM   #36
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I envy you all that have a variety of ethnic restaurants, here in a little farming community in east/central Kansas there is nothing but chicken fried...does that count?! I can't even find a decent Mexican restaurant within miles. So sad after living in the southwest for many years.

Geonerd, there used to be a really good little hole in the wall Thai place on 19th Ave and Campbell years ago, don't know if it is still there or not.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:06 AM   #37
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Up here we have little as far as ethnic food places. That is the one thing I miss about NYC which had every type of place imaginable a short bus or subway ride away. On the other hand I have the best seafood places all over the place. Fresh dug clams, picked crab meat, lobsters, haddock or sea scallops are all within walking distance.
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