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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a landmass jutting out of the northern tip of Wisconsin. The pasty’s prevalence is linked to an early 1800s canada goose outlet online store review rush to mine copper deposits in the region. canada goose outlet in montreal The resulting onslaught of laborers from Cornwall, England, brought over the pasty.

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The pasty certainly feels Finnish. canada goose outlet store uk It embodies the Finnish term Sisu, ill defined in the English language. Sisu is a Nordic stoicism, tenacity without self aggrandizing romanticisms. I define Sisu via a pre Simpsons Matt Groening cartoon, his era of anthropomorphized rabbits. In one comic, a rabbit runs the gamut of life to death highlights birth, death, marriage, divorce while a voice assures him, “You’ll never make it. Quit squirming.”

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The pasty’s trademark practicality has remained stable over time, defying food trends. I explain Stephen’s story to Livermore, mentioning my relief at hearing Stephen’s recipe resisted Californication.

“When I heard about a Pasadena pasty, I worried it would include avocado,” I said.

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“Tourists assumed it was pronounced ‘paste y,'” Livermore says. “They would come in wondering canada goose outlet florida what exactly we were selling.”

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It was actually history that compelled Stephen to share the dish with his California raised children. He wants his kids to learn the tradition; his great grandfather was a Finnish immigrant who worked in the copper mines.

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This was no surprise to Stephen, whose great grandfather survived a cave in. The event was one factor that led to a 1913 miners’ strike. The strike culminated in the infamous Italian Hall Disaster, which Stephen’s great grandfather witnessed. On Christmas Eve, the mining union held a party in a building known as the Italian Hall. Someone falsely shouted “Fire,” leading partygoers to stampede to the door. The resulting pile up caused 73 deaths. They never apprehended the culprit, but eight witnesses swore the man wore an anti union button on his coat. After the strike’s end, Stephen’s great grandfather was blacklisted from the mines. Unperturbed by the setbacks, he built a house and began farming.

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