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#85866 - 12/01/09 07:14 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: OsoMajor]
jazz Offline
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Registered: 05/28/08
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nice pictures, next year I'll eat a turkey, I'll learn how to cook

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#85923 - 12/04/09 04:36 PM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: OsoMajor]
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Registered: 11/20/09
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Loc: Detroit, Michigan
OsoMajor,

The nativity scene is small, just Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. No shepherds, angels or wise men. A few animals.

Have you ever had NY wine? (I'm sure you are a California wine fan and with good reason, but I'm from upstate NY and they make some nice wine, too.) Am I allowed to ask that question on a Spain forum? smile

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#85927 - 12/04/09 08:39 PM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: teachertraveler8]
Donna Cuervo Offline
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Registered: 07/12/09
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Loc: New York, NY
When we were kids, my Spanish grandmother would send us several boxes of Spanish turron around the holidays. My brother and I would jump on it like we never saw candy before.

The boxes she sent had a really nice painting of Columbus landing in the new world. I never see that same box, and I look for it on the shelves of all the supermarkets in Spain. There are so many, but I never see that one.

We liked the turron duro - the white hard one with all the nuts. She also used to bring another kind that was soft and oily that we didn't like. Just to be polite, we used to hide it and pretend that it was finished. Usually around June it would be found hidden behind the sofa or under a bed.

I noticed a lot of suger free turron being sold recently. Is that any good?


Edited by Donna Cuervo (12/04/09 08:40 PM)

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#85928 - 12/04/09 08:41 PM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: Donna Cuervo]
Donna Cuervo Offline
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Loc: New York, NY
I had New York wine once, but it was some kind of Jewish wine. Is that what you're talking about?


Edited by Donna Cuervo (12/04/09 08:42 PM)

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#85937 - 12/05/09 07:53 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: Donna Cuervo]
teachertraveler8 Offline
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Loc: Detroit, Michigan
My hometown of Canandaigua does make a Jewish wine, but there is so much more than that. Have you been upstate? (Finger Lakes, specifically) It is sooooo beautiful and there are tons of wineries, including the new New York State Wine and Culinary Center.

I enjoyed your holiday stories. (and I've enjoyed your other posts. I have learned a lot from you)

Candy, in my opinion, should not be sugar free. (unless it is for diabetics who can't enjoy sugar).

When I was in NYC recently, I noticed that some restaurants sold NYS wine, so if you get a chance, check it out.

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#85939 - 12/05/09 09:37 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: teachertraveler8]
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#85941 - 12/05/09 10:30 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: steve robinson]
teachertraveler8 Offline
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Loc: Detroit, Michigan
Steve,

When you're from New York State and you tell people that you are from New York, they automatically assume it is New York City. I call New York City "NYC", but when I refer to the state, I say, "NYS" I am from the Finger Lakes area of New York State, but people often have no idea where that is.

I live in Michigan now where you can buy wine in the grocery store or the drug store, but in New York you can only buy wine in wine stores with liquor licenses. Beer is available in the grocery store. I think it has something to do with the alcohol content, but I'm not positive. It is inconvenient for the buyers and possibly the sellers. Last summer we were in a liquor store buying NYS wine (and also some Argentine and Spanish wine) and the proprietor told us that he can't sell anything but wine and wine related items. He'd like to be able to sell some foods, but he can't. weird.

Maybe Donna can shed more light on the New York wine laws.

I didn't like too much of the candy I tried in Spain except for Valor Chocolate. I don't know if it is because it isn't as sweet or what. Generally I like sweets. But you all have made me curious to try turron now.

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#85946 - 12/06/09 12:46 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: teachertraveler8]
Donna Cuervo Offline
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Registered: 07/12/09
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Loc: New York, NY
Turron is wonderful, but make sure you have strong teeth.

As for buying wine in New York City, I don't know what you are talking about. It is not sold in supermarkets, but liquor stores usually sell wine from many countries. Maybe the one you went to specialized in American wine and sold only that. I never heard of a city law that prohibited the sale of some wines in the downtown area. Those guys were just joking with you.

I've been through NYS on a train to Montreal. There was some amazing scenery from that train.

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#85947 - 12/06/09 01:05 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: teachertraveler8]
OsoMajor Offline
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Registered: 04/06/03
Posts: 335
Loc: Garden Grove, California
Teachertraveler8,

I haven't tried any NYS wines, would like to try some. It seems that more states are getting into the wine industry. Out here in the West Coast we have California, Oregon and Washington. Texas has gotten into the wine business as well as Virginia and even Missouri. Don't know of other states with wineries, but I'm sure there's more.

Steve, I love bagels & lox! It was one of my wife's favorite things to nosh! Onion bagels or "everything" bagels are my favorite. We're also fortunate to have a large Jewish community in Los Angeles. Lot's of great food!

I hate to say this but I've never had turron.
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Verbum sapiente sat est!--¡Una palabra al sabio es suficiente!

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#85952 - 12/06/09 09:06 AM Re: Holiday Family Traditions [Re: OsoMajor]
steve robinson Offline
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