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Forno Bravo Forum Community,

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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    Marcel, I didn't even know what it was called....Avatar....learning more every day.

    Here's the scoop.

    The photo was taken last fall when Spanish friends came over to cook us a paella on their gas ring. I posted a few of those smaller photos on the paella post. The statue can probably be seen in the foreground. Now Juano is a bit of a joker and when I came out, the statue was holding a large crustacean, wrapped in a dishtowel and holding my paella spoon to his lips...pretty cute. (The paella is being cooked in the background)

    Now the rest of the story.....that statue is a copy of one found in Pompeii. If you go to Pompeii, there is another copy in the entrance patio to one of the uncovered villas. (Original is in a museum in Rome) It's from the House of Fawn, named for the "dancing faun" who welcomed occupants and visitors to the villa. My dad ran across it somewhere and put it in the patio entrance to his house.

    What's intersting is that I have a picture of my wife Vaughn next to the statue in Pompeii....before I knew my dad had a copy.

    Such is life.....

    Not bad for a Italian oven forum, eh!

    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!

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    There is definitely a cosmic connection here. The idea for the Pompeii oven and this forum came to me while I was standing in front of that fawn (well, at least the copy that is at the house). I had been crawling around inside the original ovens (which are great), and starting thinking about making a set of plans -- which quickly fast forwards to today.
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      Whoa.....I think I just heard the twilight zone theme song....

      ....it can be a very small world!
      sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


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        (M) Jim (James) thanks so much for the enlargements of your Fawn, both modest and exibitionist. I had earlier been unable to "read" the image.

        (M) Your explanation(s) are clear and very interesting. I'd purchase a copy of that Faun if I could find a reasonable price in Oregon.


        "Everything should be made as simple as possible, ...
        but no simpler!" (Albert Einstein)


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          Are you looknig for an ordinary fawn, or one eating Paella?
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            Originally posted by gjbingham View Post
            Back (and forth) XJ. Here two days, gone two weeks. Tough keeping up with the threads.

            Any recipes for mussel dishes from Espana?

            BTW, what the heck is that a picture of next to your signature? Looks like some pagan statue wearing a kitchen towel and swinging num chuks (spelling unverified). ...and another thing...... what the heck does guzar or guzarlos mean? Questions, questions....
            Here's the explanation and better pictures George.

            and the Tiempo para Guzarlos means "time to enjoy them", as in

            "May you have Health, Love, and Money
            ....and time to enjoy them"

            This was my Dad's favorite saying with a glass of red wine in his hand
            ...he died at 87.
            sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


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              Cool Jim,

              I do love your avatar - at first I thought that was spagetti in his upper hand....

              Can you share your dad's entire saying with us?

              Sounds very similar in content to toasts that my guys in China use (but I think Love is replaced by Luck) but it sounds not so romantic to my western ears.

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                Nice! Good explaination. Obviously I wasn't there for the first telling of the story. None of the translators on the internet could handle guzar or guzarlos.

                Perhaps our dads are sharing a glass of vino in the after-life.

                Cool statue.
                Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.