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Sista Felicia’s Favorite Picks for Filling Easter Baskets Locally!

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The Seven day countdown to Easter Sunday begins tomorrow!

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Planning for the holiday is well underway. The house is officially decorated, and our Easter Brunch menu is set! It’s now time to start the Easter baking and basket making! Thursday while shopping for ingredients at Virgilios Bakery I was inspired to fix a few traditional and “nontraditional” Easter baskets using items sold at local stores that I shop often. This year I’m looking forward to surprising friends and family with a few of my favorite things tucked into the decorative Easter Baskets my loved ones look forward to receiving each year! Over the next several days I will share my theme basket ideas highlighting items I adore sold at local business. 

Get ready to think in and out of the basket!

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Starting off this week’s Sista Dish Easter Basket Blog Series off with a basket created for the special cook in your life. If you are looking to create a special gift for the hostess preparing your celebratory Easter meal this year, stop by The Cave and seek owner Laura Cramer’s expert help selecting the perfect items to tantalize the pallet of your Easter chef!  

Laura Cramer Owner of “The Cave” Writes ~ The Cave is filled with an incredible amount of cheese. Blues, double & triple cremes, cheddars, classic Italian, & so many more. Foie gras, pate, olives, spreads, smoked fish & salami too. A bounty of chocolate & confections also just in. Come by for a taste. Open 10-5

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 All items displayed in this hostess theme basket, are items sold at “The Cave” on Gloucester’s Main Street.

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Sista Felicia’s Cookbook for sale while supply last…

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Note~ Easter basket embellishments were shopped locally at “The Dollar Store” located in Gloucester Crossing Plaza. Easter Basket was selected from my personal basket collection.

Wine will be on sale starting April 1, 2015

Don’t forget to pick up a wedge of “Rat Cheese” at The Cave and follow my Step-by-Step Recipe for a delicious “Lent Friendly” Homemade Mac & Cheese!

Click Read more for Step-by-Step Mac & Cheese Recipe and complete photo gallery of shopping “The Cave”… Read more

New Year’s Eve for Fred

For the past several years, I celebrated the New Year quietly, usually with dinner at home and early to bed. And that’s what I like now. We’ll be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Insider Tip: If you like to buy wine at the Cave, do it now. They have great wine at reasonable prices, and you can score some cheese while you’re there. Their seasonal retail beer and wine license expires on 1/1/2015. Laura’s shop is a great resource on my block, and for all of Main Street. Please remember to support the Cave and all of the unique retailers downtown over the winter. Photo taken in the Cave.Cave5185wm

GloucesterCast 106 With Guests Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Paulie Walnuts and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/30/14

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GloucesterCast 106 With Guests Donna Ardizzoni, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Paulie Walnuts and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/30/14

Topics Include: Winner Of GloucesterCast Subscriber Contest #2 Is Leslie Heffron, Week Three GloucesterCast Podcast Subscriber Contest: One of the first ten subscribers to the GloucesterCast this week will win a mini framed sketch from Paulie Walnuts of your local scene request, Toby Pett Wearing Sailing Arch-nemesis Fred Shrigley Boat Shirt despite intense sailing rivalry, Is There A Bigger Drinking Institution Than The Rhumb Line In Gloucester Since The Old Timers Is Gone?, Is there a better feeling than having your Christmas shopping done early?, Donna Ardizzoni still smiling after falling and bruising her ribs half way up the Lobster Trap Tree, Kudos To Hiltz Trucking for trucking the Lobster traps for the lobster trap tree and Sticky Fingers for treats for the builders more kudos to come, Buoy Painting At Art Haven For The Lobster Trap Tree , GMG Holiday Party December 19th, A Present To Me would be If Someone bought a gift for them self or for a loved one from Fred Bodin at Bodin Historic Photo, Mini-Rant- Local retailers That Don’t retweet or share Dawn at La Provence or Susan From Toodeloos efforts to promote shop local initiatives that would help them out, Shopping Local Is So Much Less Stressful and studies show that over 50% of the money you spend locally stays and gets re-spent locally, Just a Few Local stores to get great gifts- Toodeloos, Island Art and Hobby, TBT Post, Premier Imprints, Pisces, Palazolas, House Of The Raven, Cape Ann Olive Oil, Alexandras Bread, The Cave, Savour Wine and Cheese, Bookstore of Gloucester, Main Street Art and Antiques, Pearls, Ace Hardware, Building Center, Ect Ect Ect, Donna has pillows which she can put any of her photos on them for a gift, Cape Ann Giclee, Confused Over The Flap Over The Increased Cost for The Post Thanksgiving Gloucester Daily Times, Christmas Tree Talk, Lumberjack Kim Smith, White Lights vs Colored Lights, C9 Ceramic Lights, For Anyone That Is Doing The Home Energy Assesment Please advocate To Get As Much free Stuff as Possible Including Free Lightbulbs, Free Power Strips,  Efficient Shower Heads, and Electonic Thermostats, Going To Find Out If The Functional Lights We Replaced are of use at Second Glance, Shout Out To Steve Corbett Electricians, What Kind Of Savage Eats Mince Meat Pie?, Pie Pole Adventures With Kim Smith, Secret To Non-Runny Pecan Pie, Donna Is Not A Pie-Eater, Rocky Neck Holiday Art and Craft Show, Magnolia Historical Society Art In The Schoolhouse, Rusty and Ingrid, Local Colors, Joe Higgins Gyotaku Prints, Brother’s Brew Donuts Mandatory Mention, The Reach of The Blog, Judith Sudduth on Eastern Point, Reminder: How To Get a Free GMG Sticker , Brodies Pub, The Secret To Brodies Steak Tips, What Other Places Are North Shore Drinking Institutions Like Mattys In Marblehead, Brodies in Peabody Square and The Rhumb Line In Gloucester?, GMG Holiday Party December 19th, Toby Is Getting a Knee Replacement, Councilwoman Melissa Cox, Killer No-Brainer $300 Camera Recommendation.

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Another Great Block Party!

StClairFoodwm BlockParty4804wmOur final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street (http://www.thecavegloucester.com/). Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toodeloos/388111807754) and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!

Big Block Party Bash Celebrates End of Summer

Even after dark, the street is packed. Here is my neighbor Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant. Always busy and always tasty. All the restaurants serve late.

SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).

COME OUT AND PARTY LIKE IT’S STILL SUMMER — ’cause it is!

See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE

Entertainment SCHEDULE BY TIME HERE

Participating Restaurants & Merchants here.

Carrot Cake Marmalade

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Carrot Cake Marmalade

This recipe was created several years ago to use up an abundance of carrots from my farm share at  Applenton Farms.  It has become a recipe I make through out the year. A jar of Carrot Cake Marmalade make a great hostess gift, and easy appetizer to assemble and serve to unexpected company! Visit Laura at The Cave on Main Street  today open 9-5  for this yummy Chevre Cheese shown in the photo below.

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Spicy Italian Sausage Pepper and Onion Bow Tie Pasta

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Spicy Italian Sausage Pepper & Onion Bow Tie Pasta

I created this recipe one night while in the middle of making a batch of my homemade sausage. With a kitchen full of hungry family waiting to be fed, and 2 giant bowls of fixed sausage meat waiting to be stuffed into soaking casings, I decided to halt sausage production and feed the family. Using what I had on hand, I threw together this delicious pasta dish in less than 30 minutes and resumed production.  Although I may have used my own homemade sausage meat to create this recipe, it can easily be duplicated by using any “Sweet Italian” sausage meat. For those living close to Gloucester, I highly recommend buying Trupiano’s Italian Sausage sold at The Cave on Main Street. The Cave regularly carries Sweet Italian “Trupiano’s Italian Sausage”,  and Trupiano’s “Tomato Parsley & Cheese” variety can be specially pre-ordered by calling a few days in advanceClick see more for Joey approved recipe!

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Mini Almond Thin Dessert Sandwiches with Chocolate Chevre Cheese and Balsamic Strawberries

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Mini Almond Thin Dessert Sandwiches with Chocolate Chevre Cheese  and Balsamic Strawberries

Are you looking for a decadent Valentine dessert that requires no baking?  After sampling a piece of SouthCoast Farms’ Creamy Chocolate Chevre  Cheese at The Cave  on Main Street here in Gloucester, my mind exploded with recipe ideas!  This recipe was specially concocted for Valentines Day!  More recipes containing this amazing cheese will be posted in the future.  For details about this recipe …Click see more for details Read more

Callie’s Mac & Cheese

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Last week a childhood friend Mary, unexpectedly lost one of her beloved dogs Callie. A beautiful chocolate lab everyone in our close knit circle of friends, had the pleasure to know. All our children adored Mary’s dogs Callie and Muggian both Labs who loved to play fetch at Good Harbor Beach.  Last week after hearing about Callie’s passing we all felt Marys heartache and reached out to comfort her, each in our own special way. There is never a right time for death, and there are endless ways to reach out to those who are dealing with it. For some, it is customary to reach out with fresh flowers, sympathy cards, and thoughtful notes. But for me growing up in a  Sicilian family,  I learned at a very young age, that our custom  in the wakes of death, was to nourish broken hearts with homemade food. Sicilians head straight to the kitchen to prepare a meal or dessert to nourish grieving families. My grandmother Felicia always preached, that the fastest way to someone heart was through their stomach. After a quick trip to the Cave Cheese Shop, I made and delivered a special comfort food dinner  to my grieving  friend Mary and her puppy Mulligan.

In honor of  Callie this old family comfort food recipe has been renamed ~ Callie’s Mac & Cheese

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Callie’s Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

1 stick salted butter; plus 1 tablespoon (used to butter baking dish)

¼ cup freshly chopped parsley

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons flour

1 ½ cup whole milk

2 heaping cups shredded Rat Cheddar Cheese~ The Cave’s House Cheddar

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 lb. large elbows pasta

3 cups Cracker Crumb Topping( see recipe below)

Step-by-Step

1 cook elbows Pasta al dente; strain water in large colander; reserve pasta

2 in medium sauce pan ; melt 1 stick salted butter over medium/low heat; add parsley, pepper, and flour; stir; increase heat to high;stir 2-3 minutes (do not brown butter)

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2 add milk; stir 1 minute; add shredded cheese in small batches (I like to add ½ cup at a time, and allow cheese to completely melt before adding next batch of cheese); stir vigorously to prevent mixture from sticking to bottom of pan; stir until creamy thick cheese sauce is formed; remove from heat

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3 add garlic powder and onion powder; mix well; add  reserved pasta; mix well; add cheese sauce to reserved pasta; mix well

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4 butter one 13×11 baking dish or two 8×8  baking dishes

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5 transfer and evenly spread cheese mixture into baking dish; top with Cracker Crumb Topping( see recipe below)

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6 cover with foil; in preheated 350 degree oven bake 10 minutes; remove foil; bake 10 additional minutes until crumb topping is golden and cheese sauce is bubbling, serve warm

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Cracker Crumb Topping Ingredients & Step-by-Step Directions

4 stacks of original Ritz crackers, finely crushed in a large food processor

1 large onion, pureed in a mini chopper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

1 pound salted butter, melted

1 heaping large soup spoon of Cains Mayonnaise

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 package Good Seasons dry Italian Dressing mix

¾ cup Sicilian Breadcrumbs “Muddica Cunsata”, recipe in my cookbook (Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia,Harvest Pg. 201) or click link for Sista Felicia’s Video tutorial

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Step-by-Step

1 Combine and mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl

Note~ will keep in airtight container refrigerated 7 days or  2 months in freezer… excellent topping for baked fish

Spring Mix Salad With Mango/Ginger Stilton Cheese & Crispy Bacon

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Spring Mix Salad With Mango/Ginger Stilton Cheese & Crispy Bacon

Ingredients

8 cups spring mix baby red and green leaf lettuce

1 1/4 cup Mango/Ginger Stilton Cheese (sold at The Cave, Main Street Gloucester)

3/4 cup dried cherries

3/4 cup whole pecans

8 slices bacon; crisply cooked; crumbled

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2  teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Step–by-Step

1 arrange greens in serving bowl; top with dried cherries and pecans

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2 cut wedge of cheese into bite-size pieces; add cheese pieces and toss

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3 vigorously whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper 1 minute; pour dressing over top; toss and mix well

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4  top with bacon pieces; serve

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Are You Giving The Gift That Keeps On Giving This Year?

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“Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest”  is a tangible archival treasure trove of  deep rooted authentic Sicilian recipes. Makes a perfect gift for all the cooks in your life and for all those who wish to bridge generations with the celebration of food. We are shipping daily…have you ordered  your copies yet? 

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Tonight “The Cave” will be, selling signed copies of “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” and Cape Ann Magazine December 2013 Issue.  Stop by to enjoy and  celebrate “Shop Local” with samples of Manchester based Fudge Everything, Gloucester Joe Coffee, Essex’s Lark Cookies, Duck Foie Gras, Wine, and Sista Felicia’s Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Dip!

Ladies Night on Main Street begins at 5 pm. The clock is ticking… only twenty days till Christmas. Call your girlfriends, line up a baby sitter, it’s always a fun girls night out and a perfect way to start your holiday shopping. Dozens of local merchants are ready and waiting for you!

 To order copies of “Gifts Of Gold” on line click link below

http://www.storenvy.com/products/2742897-gifts-of-gold-in-a-sicilian-kitchen-with-sista-felicia-harvest

Breaking News…The Cave Cheese Shop Is Now Selling “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia,Harvest”

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 Sunday afternoon Laura Cramer owner of The Cave Cheese Shop on Main Street here in Gloucester, reached out to  me after a patron shopping in her store informed her that he had just heard on the GMG Sunday Morning Pod Cast with GMG Chief Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby Pett and Amandacakes, that I  was interested in participating in this upcoming Thursday’s Ladies Night on Main Street. I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaming up with the Cave for this weeks event. Laura cordially invited me to her shop Ladies Night this Thursday Evening  December 5th beginning at 5 pm for a Cookbook/ Magazine signing.

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 Laura’s shelves are  currently stocked with copies of my newly released cookbook, “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest.” Copies will be on sale at The Cave throughout the holiday season, along with Cape Ann Magazine December 2013 December issue! 

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Laura has been very busy planning a special night. Last year her shop was a hot spot for shoppers and this year she is gearing up for an even bigger crowd. She will be serving several local products, including: wine spirit refreshments, Duck Foie Gras, Fudge Everything fudge sauce~ produced locally in Manchester By The Sea MA., Lark Cookies from Lark Fine Foods located in Essex Ma. , Gloucester Joe’s Coffee, and samples of Sista Felicia’s Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip, a recipe featured in “Gifts Of Gold”. The Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Dip will be specially made for this event using a delicious Laura Chenel’s Chevre ~ a mildly flavored soft creamy goat cheese sold regularly at “The Cave.”

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I look forward to meeting many GMG FOB, stop by “The Cave to celebrate “Shop local” and purchase you your copies of “Gifts of Gold”, Cape Ann Magazine, cheese, wine, coffee, cookies, and fudge sauce gifts for your family and friends, and  say hello!

Free Wine Tasting Thursday @ The Cave on Main St 4-6pm

You really don’t want to miss this — plain & simple.  If you’ve been to The Cave, you know what we mean.  If you haven’t , you’re truly missing out on a new Main Street gem.  Check them out on Thursday 6/13 4-6pm.

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New Wines to Try

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June 13th from 4-6

Come try some new wines and try some Spanish bleu cheese(Valdeon); wrapped in grape leaves that have been macerated in Spanish wine. Organic raw milk. It will definitely put a kick in your step, especially paired with our new Tempranillo(Val). Val meet Valdeon. Complimentary. Hope to see you there.

The Cave
44 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
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Finding treasures in The Cave

It’s been a while since I stopped by The Cave, but the other day I received an unexpected cash gift, so I decided to treat myself to something special! Laura always has good things in stock, so I headed over to her Main Street store.

There was someone in front of me in line, and as always I was impressed overhearing (sorry!) Laura help them pick out just the right assortment of cheeses based on flavor, texture, etc.  I ended up buying a nice bag of delicacies, including cheeses:

Some were things I’ve tried before, like blueberry honey – fantastic! – and the clothbound cheddar, which is a favorite of mine.  I also got two new items: First, cheddar with caramelized onions, which made a perfect companion for dinner (pork baked with onions, potatoes, and other veggies). Then, “Sir Francis” Bacon Chocolate Peanut Brittle!  No kidding! Bacon, chocolate, and peanut butter all together. How much goodness can you pack into one package? I had a piece in the evening. It is an amazing combination, but not the sort of thing I’d eat a lot of at once, as the flavors are fairly intense. (That’s good, because it’s not cheap!) I recommend it as a gift for your baconoholic friends!  In general, The Cave is a great place to find fine cheeses and other specialty foods. Laura will help you to find something just right!

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Free Wine Tasting next Thursday @ The Cave on Main St 4-6pm

You really don’t want to miss this — plain & simple.  If you’ve been to The Cave, you know what we mean.  If you haven’t , you’re truly missing out on a new Main Street gem.  Check them out ahead of time and mark next Thursday 5/23 4-6pm on your calendar.

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Sugar & Spice Tasting

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May 23rd from 4-6

Join us at The Cave for beautiful Italian wines, sumptuous cheese and salts from the waters off Marblehead. Complimentary. Hope to see you there.

The Cave
44 Main Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
978-283-0896

Cool stuff reminders and a rising star video

Amid the flood of info that washes over us every day, it’s often refreshing to get a reminder of some cool stuff we might have missed.  Here goes:

  • Espressos has jumped into the live music scene.  Check out their lineup.
  • Live music starts at 6 tonight and 11:30 am tomorrow (see schedule here).  Plenty of good shows you can take your kids to all over Cape Ann.
  • Seasonal wine and beer licenses kick in on Monday (April Fools Day — seems fitting somehow).  So The Cave, which is usually closed Mondays is having a wine tasting 4-6pm (more about that here).
  • You can help support Cressy Beach Restoration at the CPA meeting on Tuesday (4/2) 6pm at City Hall First Floor Council Conference Room (more on that here).

Here’s a very good music video by rising star Brendan James.  You can see him at Crowell Chapel tonight with guests Brian Jarvis, Charlee Bianchini & Dave Brown.  Tickets & details here.

April Fools Wine Tasting @ The Cave on Main St

No joke.  Seasonal wine & beer licenses kick in April 1 (MON).

That means The Cave, at 44 Main Street, can sell wine again and they’re opening up at 4pm (usually closed Mondays) to host a wine tasting from 4-6pm.

They’ll have some new Italian wines at very affordable prices.  Plus they always have cheeses and other goodies to taste with the wines.  (You can taste any cheese before you buy it).  This has become one of our favorite new spots in town.  When I go in, I always let other people go ahead of me — not because I’m polite, but because I want to see what they’re getting — and when they get a taste, I pipe up, “Can I have a taste too?”  I’ve discovered over a dozen new delights this way.

Here’s a video I shot about 3 weeks after The Cave opened last Summer of Vickie tasting some of their wine and cheese.

Since then I’ve learned how to pronounce the name of the wine in the video.  It sounds like “Sarah Harris”.  I still don’t speak Portuguese, but Laura says that’s close enough for her to recognize which wine I’m talking about.

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