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Sunday, May 3, 2020

International Friends of TFI Leads to the morning coffee rabbit hole....

 Yesterday, the inbox had this:

Dear Sir:
Apologize my broke English. The school is far away.
I follow your blog from some time ago and I like it very much.
Congratulations for your work and fine humor. It´s very good to look at your blog to see whats going on.
Please, continue and take care of yourself. These times are strange.
Best regards from Portugal.

Thank you very much L. ( you have now sent me on my morning internet mission )

Like many of our ancestors that came to New England, there is a large influence of Portuguese

How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England  <<<<  

Irish grew up on the North Shore of The People's Republic of Massachusetts (ya, I don't know what happened to that state either)  and had relatives that lived in Gloucester. There is a section of town called "Portuguese Hill" where there is the beautiful  "Our Lady Of Good Voyage Church"

According to the WIKI link the Lady Of Good Voyage was designed to resemble the Santa Maria Madalena church in the Azorean community of Madalena on the island of Pico


Which is located in the middle (nowhere) of the Atlantic:

Irish also enjoys some Portuguese delicacies like:

Gloucester Shack Series – 1898 Linguiça Smokehouse

I think this could be the oldest in the country.
Linguiça – is a dry Sausage, consists of coarsely chopped pork shoulder (both the lean and the fat), plenty of garlic and paprika.  Its shape, rather like a long and slender lingua (tongue) explains the name.
Chouriço – is a chunkier and juicier Sausage and very garlicky, made in links about 10 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Thanks again for the email "L".  Now I'm hungry!!!


  1. Interestingly, if you go to certain parts of Massachusetts, the ATM will have three choices of languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese. New Bedford, Framingham, Gloucester as you mentioned and Milford Massachusetts have a mix of people from the Azores, Portugal and Brazil.

    I am inspired now to get some linguica, I had never made the association to the word for tongue, so I learned something this morning. Thanks! Just back, though, from Market Basket where they have "old people" hours at 6AM, so it will have to wait until later.

  2. Live in Gloucester, big fan of your site. Keep up the good work (and occasional snark!)


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