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Pgiusto

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I am new to the MB, so this is my first comment.  I have lived away from NYC for some 20 years now and really enjoy some of your comments.  Putting politics aside,
I enjoy any comments that remind me of good times and a neat place to grow up in..
I live just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.  A really nice place to live and raise the kids, but as boring as any place can be.
What I am miss are Mets and Jets games, NY Yankee arguments, any Italian food, Jewish Deli's, New York accents, crowds, people walking on sidewalks, Italian Feasts, real bakeries (black and white cookies) and many other things.
Don't take anything for granted, you never know it until you cannot have it.

By the way, the upside of Iowa is good schools, nice houses and plenty of corn.

Pete Giusto ('65)








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Pete

Welcome to the site....  I am also from the class of 65 and the names rings a bell... but I cannot match a face in my mind....  I hope all is well...



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"Rain drops on roses an' whiskers on kittens...." Only kiddin'

When we first moved to Vermont, 1990, we missed fresh baked French bread and bagels. The relatives use to bring them up for us. Now, it's not so bad.

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Terrence - I still miss NYC bagels and really good Kaiser rolls.  We were in the city a few weeks ago because of a family death and on the way home were lucky enough to get caught in traffic.  Just had to get off and find a different route home - right through the Italian section of the Bronx.  Morrone's for pastry- and real Italian bread.  We bought 6 loaves - only 2 left in the freezer.

Last week I was in Lake Placid on business and was stopped on the Northway by the Border Patrol.  Routine stop - I always carry my passport when I go up there.  The officer asks me about my citizenship and place of birth.  The minute I opened my mouth - he said you must be from NYC - you have a NYC accent. 

You can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl.

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Been in Texas 18 years, which is about 17.5 years too long   But Mrs. Webguy ain't leaving so I guess neither will I.  Now our son is in NJ and has no plans to leave, except maybe to move to NY.  So, maybe grandchildren in the Northeast someday will cause a change in mindset.

Getting Thomas' English Muffins was the biggest challenge when we first moved here.  It was SOP for any visitors from the north to smuggle them in for us.  They are now available.  Drake's Cakes are another issue.  To get my son's palate adjusted we had some Devil Dogs shipped in the Christmas after he made his decision to go to Rutgers.


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Have you checked out the Guestbook lately? On 2/27/08, Amelia U. Margetanski '69 signed in from Holmestrand, Norway. And on 3/10/08, Patricia Glaser also '69 signed in from Uppsala, Sweden. Wonder if they can get Thomas' English Muffins?

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In San Diego, we can get Thomas' English Muffins. Also, frozen (ugh!) White Castle Hamburgers. However, I really miss three things: Devil Dogs, real NY Cheesecake (not the crap out here that they call NY Cheesecake) & real Sicilian Pizza (like they sell at Barone's on Main Street, Flushing). Grossinger's Rye Bread would be nice too. Do they still make it? Grossinger's Resort & most of the other Resorts in the Catskills (Jewish Alps) are now closed & torn down. 


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Grossinger's Rye Bread is still available but a little difficult to find.  The only place I've found it lately is Hannaford's.

What about chocolate egg creams??

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Definitely, can't get egg creams out here.


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Hi, Pete!

Joan (used to be Bartels, we married in '68) and I remember you fondly.... How are you??!!

We left LI in '72, moved to Avon, CT, then in '95 we moved to Hernando, FL so we know how you feel about missing NY things. We do NOT, however, miss snow or sleet or freezing rain anymore!! 'Nuff of that for 23 years in CT to cure us forever!! We can now get Entenman's (but not from LI, was a Peat, Marwick client of mine when I worked out of Garden City), but we can not get Ebinger's... That's probably a Good Thing, considering our waistlines. As for NY cheesecake, Junior's from Brooklyn delivers all the way down here, check it out on line.

I saw yesterday the Astoria subway train derailed (not on the El, in the tunnel in Manhattan), and keeping in touch with NYC news on line is kinda fun.

As for politics.... glad we don't have Hilary for our senator, and Spitzer for anything!!

Stay in touch!!

Clem


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Hello Peter - If I remenber well enough you hailed from Jamaica NY - You were a Junior when I was a Freshman - Somewhere I recall going to Yankee Stadium with you and your Dad either in 63 or 64 - Glad to hear from you - I am still on the "Long Island" but my job has me travelling thoughout NY, NE, NJ and PA  welcome to the site of memories.
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Definitely, can't get egg creams out here.



Get some Fox's U-Bet syrup from the source: http://www.foxs-syrups.com/egg_cream.html

Then just add seltzer and milk per their recipe.

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New York deli staples are still the challenge in most other parts of the country. I've found a replacement Kosher deli but still have never found a great Italian deli that is close enough to make it practical.

Also, I have always found that the primary issue is that even if you could find someone who could make it as good that it's never as fresh as the old neighborhood. Back in New York, there were enough people such that whatever the deli (and bakeries) prepared for that day, it was gone that day. Nothing stayed in that refrigerator case more than 12 hours. When you get away from NYC (even in the NYC burbs), they would have the same stuff sitting in their display case as the day before. Test case: go to LaGulis and buy a cannoli -- the shell is crunchy. Go to any other bakery outside of NYC and a cannoli will have a soggy shell since it takes them 2-3 days to sell off their inventory.

Bread has gotten better though. I can get a good loaf of Italian semolina bread now at Panera or the Corner Bakery here in the Chicago area. Still not Rose and Joe's though.


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Tony, been in Texas for 18 years?  I moved to Plano in '88 with JCP and then to Des Moines in '94.  Should have gotten on this site a while ago...

Drakes devil dogs are worth more than a gallon of gas.  I will trade most anything for a few boxes.

Pete Freni: your name rings a bell, boy you have a great memory,  Yankee Stadium in 1963........you should be an historian.   Hope you are doing fine.

One last thought.....I spoke so much about NY that both my older kids go back there about once a year to visit.  We moved when they were 2 and 6.  They love NYC.  So it runs in the blood.










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Wow!  Reading all those messages about what one misses when they move away from the NY area brings back to mind when I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2002.  We just got Thomas' English muffins in Costco and no good bagels or bakeries., forget the word pizza.  I can go on and on.  On a brighter note, we don't need central air conditioning or heat.  Gas is about $5.00 a gal now but thankfully you can't drive too far!  There are gives and takes but my heart is still in the NY area.  The winters are great with the warm weather but one does miss the seasons.  I think that we get very nostalgic as we get older.

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