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Fertility god. A replica from a Hindu temple in central Java before the Islamic era. Photographed at the Naples Botanical Gardens by Eileen Goldfinger

Fertility god. A replica from a Hindu temple in central Java before the Islamic era. Photographed at the Naples Botanical  Garden  by Eileen Goldfinger. ©

YUNA —— from the soundtrack to the film Savages

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Fort Myers, Fla. undated. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Fort Myers, Fla. undated. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

THE HOT SARDINES—All they’ve got to give is…you know.

 

 

 

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Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.

 

PEGGY LEE

 

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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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Faces at the Farmers Market in Ft. Myers Florida. By Paul Goldfinger © Undated. Click to enlarge.

 

THE VELOURS  From Forever Doo Wop Vol I

 

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Bunche Beach, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger © February , 2018. Click to enlarge.

 

Enlarge the photo to see the variety of bathing outfits at this family beach in South West Florida.

 

 

PINK MARTINI:

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Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

THE ANGELS:

 

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Gasparilla Island Florida. No boardwalk, no lifeguards, nobody selling anything, no beach badge. Just beauty and pleasure. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

Gasparilla Island Florida. No boardwalk, no lifeguards, nobody selling anything, no beach badge. Just beauty and pleasure. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

AMY GRANT

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Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers. ©

Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers.  © By Paul Goldfinger. Her brioches make fine French toast.

 

ALAN ARKIN  (She keeps his blood pressure normal–a non-pharmacologic therapy)

 

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Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinge ©

Sanibel Island Causeway. January, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to improve the view..

 

EDWARD STRAUSS  From Guys and Dolls

 

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