Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jovanotti - Live in Miami in March 2012

If you are not familiar with the talent that is Jovanotti, here are two music videos to give you a small taste of his versatile music style.....





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Friday, December 23, 2011

Top This Pizza Crusts Available in all Doris Market Locations!

If you haven't heard about the Top This Pizza crusts, you have not been reading the paper and watching television.  Around since 2004, these thin grilled pizza crusts are flying out of our freezers and for good reason.  They are absolutely delicious.  Pizza Night just got more interesting with Top This Pizza Crusts and with the holidays creeping up, it is the perfect idea for a quick meal while the Holiday chaos has got you beat. 

Make your own custom pizza or try this delicious Greek Salad Recipe.


Greek Salad Pizza       
§          1 TOP THIS grilled pizza crust
§         1 cup (volume) loosely packed pizza
   cheese (3 oz.)
§         1/3 cup Pomodoro sauce
§         Bake in the oven at 450°
§         Toss mixed greens, tomato, feta, red  onion, black olives and capers in garlic-oregano vinaigrette
§         Remove pizza from oven and top immediately with the tossed salad.

Cut into slices and serve with fresh cracked black pepper 

For more information about TOP THIS Pizza crusts, visit www.topthispizzacrusts.com

When we sampled these crusts, we were told to maintain its crispy crust, place the cheese before the sauce. A bit unorthodox, but I just use cheese, sauce and then cheese again along with any other topping I prefer.  Yeah, I like cheese, what about it?

Buon Appetito!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Italian Christmas 101

La Befana
During Christmastime, one readily observable difference between Italy and the United States, for instance, is the lack of crass commercialism that threatens to swallow up and completely secularize the holiday. For instance, instead of writing letters to Santa Claus asking for presents (or, in the digital age, e-mailing Santa Claus), Italian children write letters to tell their parents how much they love them. The letter is normally placed under their father's plate and read after Christmas Eve dinner has been finished.
 
Italians have also adopted some of the northern European traditions as well. Nowadays, especially in northern Italy, a fair number of families decorate an evergreen tree in their home. Here are some other rituals, customs, and traditions practiced by Italians during the Christmas holidays:
 
  • Ceppo: The ceppo is a wooden frame several feet high designed in a pyramid shape. This frame supports several tiers of shelves, often with a manger scene on the bottom followed by small gifts of fruit, candy, and presents on the shelves above. The "Tree of Light," as it is also know, is entirely decorated with colored paper, gilt pinecones, and miniature colored pennants. Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides and a star or small doll is hung at the apex.
  • Urn of Fate: An old tradition in Italy calls for each member of the family to take turns drawing a wrapped gift out of a large ornamental bowl until all the presents are distributed.
  • Zampognari and Pifferai: In Rome and surrounding areas bagpipers and flute players, in traditional colorful costumes of sheepskin vests, knee-high breeches, white stockings and long dark cloaks, travel from their homes in the Abruzzi mountains to entertain crowds of people at religious shrines.
  • La Befana: Kindly old witch who brings children toys on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6. According to the legend of la Befana, the Three Wise Men stopped at her hut to ask directions on their way to Bethlehem and to invite her to join them. She refused, and later a shepherd asked her to join him in paying respect to the Christ Child. Again she refused, and when night fell she saw a great light in the skies.                         La Befana thought perhaps she should have gone with the Three Wise Men, so she gathered some toys that had belonged to her own child, who had died, and ran to find the kings and the shepherd. But la Befana could not find them or the stable. Now, each year she looks for the Christ Child. Since she can not find him, she leaves gifts for the children of Italy and pieces of coal (nowadays carbone dolce, a rock candy that looks remarkably like coal) for the bad ones.
  • Holiday Season: On the Italian holiday calendar December 25 isn't the only special day. Throughout December and January there are a number of religious holidays to mark the season.
    • DECEMBER 6: La Festa di San Nicola - The festival in honor of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of shepherds, is celebrated in towns such as Pollutri with the lighting of fires under enormous cauldrons, in which fave (broad beans) are cooked, then eaten ceremoniously.
    • DECEMBER 8: L'Immacolata Concezione - celebration of the Immaculate Conception
    • DECEMBER 13: La Festa di Santa Lucia - St. Lucy's Day
    • DECEMBER 24: La Vigilia di Natale - Christmas Eve
    • DECEMBER 25: Natale - Christmas
    • DECEMBER 26: La Festa di Santo Stefano - St. Stephen's Day marks the announcement of the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the Three Wise Men
    • DECEMBER 31: La Festa di San Silvestro - New Year's Eve
    • JANUARY 1: Il Capodanno - New Year's Day
    • JANUARY 6: La Festa dell'Epifania - The Epiphany
source: http://italian.about.com/lr/christmas_in_italy/245333/1/

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Adding to tradition..... "Who's on First?"

One of our major goals in having a business, is to be a part of the community.  Each of our locations have traditions that are recognized by the residents near them, like how the Hollywood Fire Department gets it meats from Doris Italian Market.  Now all locations have firefighters and police officers shopping regularly.  Sheriff Al Lamberti has been sighted numerous times at our stores. 

Myself being in one location for over 15 years, I have witnessed children grow up and go off to college.  We have catered families' engagement parties, showers, weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, religious milestones (communion, bar/bat mitzvahs), graduations, and yes, we have even been part of heart breaking events such as a loss in the family.

We take great pride in knowing that many people trust in us to be a part of their precious moments.  In doing so, our customers have become part of ours.

Christmas Eve Morning 2010
 The Christmas Holiday is our biggest of the year and also the most special.  In Coral Springs, for almost the last 10 years, we take a photograph right before we open.   You can see the pictures along the wall when checking out. Seeing over 100+ people waiting outside to get their holiday goodies with such excitement makes all of us at Doris Italian Market & Bakery feel fortunate to have such loyal customers. 

Well this Christmas tradition has caught the attention of many.  We have a firefighter who is an honorary employee of Doris and hands out the numbers for the bakery before we open.  And now, we have a customer that wants to add to our tradition by performing Abbot & Costello's famous "Who's on First" routine.  We at Doris Italian Market are honored to have customers help add to our traditions.  So if you want to catch the routine, show up at our Coral Springs location by 8 am and watch Bochie & Galup perform at 8:15.
Here is a YouTube video of their act.  We hope to see you all at our stores this holiday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Weekly Ad 12/8/11 - 12/14/11

This is a double page ad so it may be difficult to read some of the items.  Click on the image and you may be able to view it larger...