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Bunche Beach. Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo © April, 2016

Bunche Beach. Fort Myers, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo © April, 2016. Click to enlarge.

 

 

STUART MATHEWMAN   “Amapola.”

 

 

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Parmagiano cheese wheel at Mario's Italian market in Fort Myers, Fla. 1/27/16. Blogfinger.net photo. ©

Parmigiano cheese wheel at Mario’s Italian market in Fort Myers, Fla. 1/27/17. Blogfinger.net photo. ©

 

By Eileen Goldfinger and Paul Goldfinger,  Editors  @Blogfinger.net.  Photography by Eileen Goldfinger.

 

If you think that you can’t get authentic Italian cuisine in Florida, you haven’t visited Mario’s Meat Market and Deli in Fort Myers (southwest Fla).  This remarkable food store has customers taking numbers and  lining up at the counter where you can get incredible breads, meats, sauces, homemade sausage, cheeses, wines, desserts, and custom sandwiches.

For example, one of their specialty heros is called  “The Italian” and consists of salami, pepperoni, capicola, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, hot peppers, oil and vinegar on a superb role with sesame seeds.   Some people can’t wait to get home, so they chow down at tables arranged outside.

The people at the counter were remarkably helpful and cheerful.  Some of them are professional cooks, so they will tell you how to prepare, for example , an authentic meat dish “braciole.”

We were there picking up supplies for an Italian dinner that Eileen was planning and we stumbled on a “rare” culinary event.  Representatives from a large cheese manufacturer (“Leone”) from the mountainous Verona region of Italy were preparing to “open” one of their huge wheels.  They were readying a parmigiano cheese called Monte Veronese, made from cow’s milk,  specially prepared for Mario’s.

 

Getting ready to open the wheel. Mike Tuccillo (sales manager for Leone L.) Mario Pica store owner, Gabriele Leone R.) © Blogfinger.net photo. Ft. Myers, Fla. 1/27/17

Getting ready to open the wheel. Mike Tuccillo (sales manager for Leone L.) Mario Pica (store owner,) and  Gabriele Leone R.) © Blogfinger.net photo. Ft. Myers, Fla. 1/27/17

What was unique about this wheel was that it had been aged for five years, much longer than most cheeses from that northeast region where much of the Italian cheese-making occurs.  The storage facility is kept at 80% humidity and 61 degrees F.

No one knows how long wheels have been the motif for storing cheese, but this variety has been made for nearly 900 years.  To open the wheel requires great skill and experience if it is done in the traditional way—- manually with knives.  Usually they use machines.

Gabriele Leone, the owner of the Leone company, brought out some special tools.  He worked very carefully, but after watching this demonstration, I was amazed that he still has all his fingers. He was cheered on by the company’s bilingual American representative Mike Tuccillo and by Mario Pica, the owner of this remarkable store.

 

Eileen Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net 1/27/17 ©

Eileen Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net 1/27/17 ©

 

When he finally opened the wheel, it was a very special event and the performance received a round of applause.  Then Gabriele began to offer chunks of the parmigiano, which is a hard cheese that tends to crumble. It is usually sold as wedges or grated.  It should be stored in the refrigerator where it can last for up to 6 months. If a little mold begins to appear, just cut it off.  We tried some, and it was delicious:  fragrant and tasty.

 

Photo by Eileen Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net/ 1/27/17 ©

Photo by Eileen Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net/ 1/27/17 ©

 

Mike explained that the company is beginning to export their unique aged products to America.  Thanks to Mike, Gabriele and Mario for giving Blogfinger access to this very special event.

 

DEAN MARTIN:

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Paul Goldfinger. Ft.Myers Florida. Edison Estate. 2019. ©

 

HANS ZIMMER, GEOFF ZANELLI, AND BLAKE NEELY—–   “Honor.”  This is the main title theme from the HBO Miniseries The Pacific.

 

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Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach. March, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Sanibel Island Lighthouse Beach. March, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC   Editor Blogfinger.net

 

BØRNS:  “Electric Love”  from their album Dopamine.  The two lines below and the reference to dopamine explain the popularity of this song among cardiologists, especially electrophysiologists.

It makes me want to get out my electric stethoscope.  And there is an app that lets anyone record their electrocardiogram at home.  So, no more faking hot times.

 

“She’s sweet like candy in my veins.”    and,

“You make my heart beat like the rain”

 

 

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BZ’s bar and lounge in the lavish Gasparilla Inn, Boca Grande Fla.  (1909.) Stop for a drink and a snack from mid afternoon to late night. In the morning you can go deep sea fishing.   Paul Goldfinger photograph 2015. © Click to enlarge or just put it on your tab.  The public is allowed here.  We came to take a gander at the place where people like J.P Morgan, Henry Ford,  Katherine Hepburn, and the Bush family stayed.

MAUDE MAGGART:

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Leoma Lovegrove is a Florida artist whose gallery is on Pine Island, southwest Fla.   This vehicle is shown at her outdoor backyard gallery on the waterfront.   She also loves to do Beatles’ themes. March, 2017. Paul Goldfinger photo.©

 

BARBARA COOK from her album (Close as Pages in a Book) of songs by lyricist Dorothy Fields.

 

 

 

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The orange crop was ruined in Fla, so what's a photographer to do? Why Paul Goldfinger © Fort Myers, Florida.

The orange crop was ruined in Fla, so what’s a photographer to do? Paul Goldfinger © Fort Myers, Florida.

MILDRED BAILEY

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Thank heaven for little girls. Sanibel Island Causeway, Florida. ©

Thank heaven for little girls. Sanibel Island Causeway, Florida. ©  Paul Goldfinger photograph.

 

AMY WINEHOUSE:

 

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Flower stand attracts a Florida honey bee. By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Flower stand attracts a Florida honey bee. By Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to make her more apparent.  Look downward carefully.  March, 2016

 

THE LITTLE WILLIES

 

Wisconsin cheese man. Paul Goldfinger photo . ©

Wisconsin cheese man. Paul Goldfinger photo . ©

 

MIRANDA LAMBERT  with PISTOL ANNIES:    “Run Daddy Run”  from the Hunger Games soundtrack.

 

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Micanopy, Florida. Settled 1821 after Spain sold Florida to the US.  One mile square former Indian village.  Pop. 638  (2016)   Now on the National Register of Historic Places   Paul Goldfinger © December, 2017.   Micanopy series:  #1

 

CAROLINE WESTFALL:

 

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