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Reply #15
EB what can I say, I'ma food snob. I'm of strong Italian heritage and our type of food and wine is everything. We make our own salsa, salamis, prosciutto, pancetta, capocollo, wine (although I follow the science in proper wine making as opposed to the "wog" methods my ancestors used). Don't wanna brag but my Garage Hermitage is award winning.
GTC My wife is of Nth Italian Heritage, Trieste to be exact, a very different experience for myself to be introduced to a world of Prosciutto being hung in the cellar and 40% proof  grappa being offered to clear the nose and strip the floor.😜
I do love my Italian food after being fed plenty of it for 35 years and appreciate your food snobbery........Mrs E and myself liked the Copperwood in Lygon St, the owner is a red hot Blues supporter who will talk to you all night abut the Blues and all the players he has had at his establishment over the years...

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I had some mates who worked with the trams, out of a depot down in Glenferrie Rd Malvern, one of them was a Electrical Engineer in the maintenance department. Back in the early days he helped design and build the original Restaurant Trams, I also know the guy who did the control system refit on those years ago too. Hungarian or Croatian, used to make this home made honey mead that was a ripper!

My older brother would also drink in the Glenferrie at times with Kelvin Moore, Polkinghorne, Moncrieff sometimes, Eade was viewed as a bit of a downer by the older guys as he was always grumpy or on their back about drinking too much to stay fit. Lethal used to be about too but mostly stayed over at the Glenferrie Oval Social Club, with some of the older players like Tuck and Leon Rice. Actually, most of the Dawks weren't bad blokes, even Dermie despite having a head and mane bigger than a racehorse!

Dermie always had this stupid wad of notes stuck down his pants, made of $20 bills all rolled up like a canister. Shoved it in his front pocket and would wobble-head his way around Chasers, I suppose the wad was a proxy for maybe having a little prick, it certainly got the girls attention when he dragged it out, that is the bills not the prick. He use to drag that wad out at the racetrack as well, usually in front of the bookies, holding it like a carrot to get better odds, but you'd rarely actually see him strip one of those bills off the roll other than when buying a drink for some female! Then he would wobble-head his way out the door or off course having spent $20, like some celebrity passing through a telethon. It was all harmless fun, the stuff young blokes do when they got too much money and fame!
Dermie did have a bit of trouble with his little front end from memory courtesy of a well known TV hostess didnt he?

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Reply #17
Dermie did have a bit of trouble with his little front end from memory courtesy of a well known TV hostess didnt he?
Did it involve a wardrobe?
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2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #18
GTC My wife is of Nth Italian Heritage, Trieste to be exact, a very different experience for myself to be introduced to a world of Prosciutto being hung in the cellar and 40% proof  grappa being offered to clear the nose and strip the floor.😜
I do love my Italian food after being fed plenty of it for 35 years and appreciate your food snobbery........Mrs E and myself liked the Copperwood in Lygon St, the owner is a red hot Blues supporter who will talk to you all night abut the Blues and all the players he has had at his establishment over the years...
Two of best mates parents are from south of Trieste, a town called Pola (called Pula now as it belongs to Croatia). I was in Trieste very briefly in January this year, gorgeous place. One day I intend to spend alot more time holidaying in that neck of the woods. The Triestini, as do most Northern Italians, sure as hell love their grappa. Lets just say my mates have continued their parents traditions. My old man was from Umbria so wine and salumi were more his go. I have continued with that along with my wifes Calabrian influences.

Can I just say, this non footy talk certainly provides a different slant or insight on people's backgrounds. When the discussion is all footy, footy, Carlton, Carlton, I actually forget I'm dealing with humans from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Love it.
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #19
Can I just say, this non footy talk certainly provides a different slant or insight on people's backgrounds. When the discussion is all footy, footy, Carlton, Carlton, I actually forget I'm dealing with humans from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Love it.

I find it personally rewarding GTC.  ;D  May there be more of it.  The collective knowledge around here on a subject or two (Hobbies or life experience) is astonishing.  I'm on this site every day for good reason.      

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Reply #20
Two of best mates parents are from south of Trieste, a town called Pola (called Pula now as it belongs to Croatia). I was in Trieste very briefly in January this year, gorgeous place. One day I intend to spend alot more time holidaying in that neck of the woods. The Triestini, as do most Northern Italians, sure as hell love their grappa. Lets just say my mates have continued their parents traditions. My old man was from Umbria so wine and salumi were more his go. I have continued with that along with my wifes Calabrian influences.

Can I just say, this non footy talk certainly provides a different slant or insight on people's backgrounds. When the discussion is all footy, footy, Carlton, Carlton, I actually forget I'm dealing with humans from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Love it.
My late mother in laws family are originally Croatian, of course the boundaries all changed after WW2 and Trieste became part of Italy and its relevance as a Seaport declined but its very untouched and the locals are very loyal Triestini that hate change. Her late Father was from Tuscany but my wife identifies more with her mothers family.
We were due a trip as part of my retirement this year to Italy but Covid19 stuffed that up, glad you made it over in January and enjoyed your time.
re: Grappa.....bit too strong for yours truly especially the home made variety, nearly took my head off the 1st time and that was just inhaling the fumes. The Triestini like their own dialects and enjoy singing....after a few grappas they sing and I sleep....then they give me Coffee which has me buzzing all night its that strong. 😉

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Reply #21
My late mother in laws family are originally Croatian, of course the boundaries all changed after WW2 and Trieste became part of Italy and its relevance as a Seaport declined but its very untouched and the locals are very loyal Triestini that hate change. Her late Father was from Tuscany but my wife identifies more with her mothers family.
We were due a trip as part of my retirement this year to Italy but Covid19 stuffed that up, glad you made it over in January and enjoyed your time.
re: Grappa.....bit too strong for yours truly especially the home made variety, nearly took my head off the 1st time and that was just inhaling the fumes. The Triestini like their own dialects and enjoy singing....after a few grappas they sing and I sleep....then they give me Coffee which has me buzzing all night its that strong. 😉

Loving these stories and officially jealous reading all these exotic food stories - I've always had a love of Greek and Italian food but that developed after I left home. Going to school at Franganistan lunch time was ham, cheese and tomato rolls/sangers or a maggot bag with sauce. Followed by a snot block or jam doughnut and that was it. Home was typical Aussie tucker... 3 veg and meat. Yep, dullsville.

Fortunately I was introduced as a youngster to some amazing exotic food by my paternal grandfather. When we visited him in Sydney (Lane Cover) he'd put on an amazing spread for everyone. Amazing cook and an artist by trade who did landscape designs to make money. He was Danish and holy mackerel, when he dished up a feast it was really something - rollmops, pickled/smoked this, that and the other thing, raw meats, far out pastries but the weirdest thing I ever saw was the variety of cheeses. My grandfather loved this cheese that fair dinkum moved about on the plate... he'd pick pieces off it and squeeze the cheese out of it with his fingers straight into his mouth, what was 'it'... special maggots! Yep, big maggots that would eat the cheese then you'd squeeze the cheese out of the maggot and eat it, a delicacy apparently. All of this was followed by everyone over 12 having to skaal (scull) 3 successive shots of aquavit schnapps... first time I had alcohol (aged 14). I had my 3 shots... nothing for a few seconds, then someone held a blowtorch to my chest... then I stood up and fell over. That stuff is just about 50% alcohol by volume...
Only our ruthless best, from Board to bootstudders will get us no. 17

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My late mother in laws family are originally Croatian, of course the boundaries all changed after WW2 and Trieste became part of Italy and its relevance as a Seaport declined but its very untouched and the locals are very loyal Triestini that hate change. Her late Father was from Tuscany but my wife identifies more with her mothers family.
We were due a trip as part of my retirement this year to Italy but Covid19 stuffed that up, glad you made it over in January and enjoyed your time.
re: Grappa.....bit too strong for yours truly especially the home made variety, nearly took my head off the 1st time and that was just inhaling the fumes. The Triestini like their own dialects and enjoy singing....after a few grappas they sing and I sleep....then they give me Coffee which has me buzzing all night its that strong. 😉
A drop of grappa in the espresso? The Italians call it a "corretto".
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #23
Loving these stories and officially jealous reading all these exotic food stories - I've always had a love of Greek and Italian food but that developed after I left home. Going to school at Franganistan lunch time was ham, cheese and tomato rolls/sangers or a maggot bag with sauce. Followed by a snot block or jam doughnut and that was it. Home was typical Aussie tucker... 3 veg and meat. Yep, dullsville.

Fortunately I was introduced as a youngster to some amazing exotic food by my paternal grandfather. When we visited him in Sydney (Lane Cover) he'd put on an amazing spread for everyone. Amazing cook and an artist by trade who did landscape designs to make money. He was Danish and holy mackerel, when he dished up a feast it was really something - rollmops, pickled/smoked this, that and the other thing, raw meats, far out pastries but the weirdest thing I ever saw was the variety of cheeses. My grandfather loved this cheese that fair dinkum moved about on the plate... he'd pick pieces off it and squeeze the cheese out of it with his fingers straight into his mouth, what was 'it'... special maggots! Yep, big maggots that would eat the cheese then you'd squeeze the cheese out of the maggot and eat it, a delicacy apparently. All of this was followed by everyone over 12 having to skaal (scull) 3 successive shots of aquavit schnapps... first time I had alcohol (aged 14). I had my 3 shots... nothing for a few seconds, then someone held a blowtorch to my chest... then I stood up and fell over. That stuff is just about 50% alcohol by volume...
Thats gold Baggers
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #24
Loving these stories and officially jealous reading all these exotic food stories - I've always had a love of Greek and Italian food but that developed after I left home. Going to school at Franganistan lunch time was ham, cheese and tomato rolls/sangers or a maggot bag with sauce. Followed by a snot block or jam doughnut and that was it. Home was typical Aussie tucker... 3 veg and meat. Yep, dullsville.

Fortunately I was introduced as a youngster to some amazing exotic food by my paternal grandfather. When we visited him in Sydney (Lane Cover) he'd put on an amazing spread for everyone. Amazing cook and an artist by trade who did landscape designs to make money. He was Danish and holy mackerel, when he dished up a feast it was really something - rollmops, pickled/smoked this, that and the other thing, raw meats, far out pastries but the weirdest thing I ever saw was the variety of cheeses. My grandfather loved this cheese that fair dinkum moved about on the plate... he'd pick pieces off it and squeeze the cheese out of it with his fingers straight into his mouth, what was 'it'... special maggots! Yep, big maggots that would eat the cheese then you'd squeeze the cheese out of the maggot and eat it, a delicacy apparently. All of this was followed by everyone over 12 having to skaal (scull) 3 successive shots of aquavit schnapps... first time I had alcohol (aged 14). I had my 3 shots... nothing for a few seconds, then someone held a blowtorch to my chest... then I stood up and fell over. That stuff is just about 50% alcohol by volume...
Yep, I'm from English/German/Irish roots and it was meat and 3 veg plus a Roast every Sunday with homemade Apple Pie/Crumble and cream and the leftover meat in your Sangers on a Monday. Pies, Pasties,Snag rolls, Jam Donuts all washed down with Creamy Soda or a Sars was the fair for school lunch. The odd ham and salad roll  plus Sunnyboys and Raz to cool your jets when it was summer .Not exactly a smorgasbord of culture or health....
Maggots in cheese?....Blue Vein threw me out for years, who eats mouldy smelly cheese?....

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Reply #25
Talking about the old days, I was talking to the kids about my childhood lunch at schools. Here's me at Primary School in the 70s  with half a split vienna bread with some sort of salumi in it, Italian cheese, lettuce, olives, the whole hog. After years of being taunted about my woggy lunches by the Aussies, they were eventually smart enough to realise it was the ducks guts. They  would come up to me asking me if I wanted to swap lunches, I'd always look at their lunches and say "no thanks". ;D
This is another true story, my wife and her twin sister went to a Primary School just down the street from their house. Her loopy Nonna used to go there at lunch time, call them over from the fence, whip out the caffettiera (Italian perculator) and two espresso cups from under the cardigan and give them coffee. Dead set fact. :D
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #26
Talking about the old days, I was talking to the kids about my childhood lunch at schools. Here's me at Primary School in the 70s  with half a split vienna bread with some sort of salumi in it, Italian cheese, lettuce, olives, the whole hog. After years of being taunted about my woggy lunches by the Aussies, they were eventually smart enough to realise it was the ducks guts. They  would come up to me asking me if I wanted to swap lunches, I'd always look at their lunches and say "no thanks". ;D
This is another true story, my wife and her twin sister went to a Primary School just down the street from their house. Her loopy Nonna used to go there at lunch time, call them over from the fence, whip out the caffettiera (Italian perculator) and two espresso cups from under the cardigan and give them coffee. Dead set fact. :D
My wife copped the woggy lunch thing for years she said....I had an Italian Perculated Coffee around 4pm, your wifes Nonna knew the good stuff.😎

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Reply #27
Yep, I'm from English/German/Irish roots and it was meat and 3 veg plus a Roast every Sunday with homemade Apple Pie/Crumble and cream

Then World of Sport, (loved the woodchop) a short snooze, the VFA with hopefully a brawl and all's good with planet earth.

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Reply #28
Then World of Sport, (loved the woodchop) a short snooze, the VFA with hopefully a brawl and all's good with planet earth.
Sundays? World Championship Wrestling and then Epic Theatre in my household. TV belonged to the Old Man on Sundays.
2017 - 16th
2018 - Wooden Spoon
2019 - 16th
2020 - dare to dream?
2021 - Pi$$ or get off the pot

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Reply #29
Sundays? World Championship Wrestling and then Epic Theatre in my household. TV belonged to the Old Man on Sundays.

Mario Milano, Spiros Arion, Big Bad John, Ron Miller, Mark Lewin, King Curtis .... LOVED that stuff.