From one prairie to another: Happy Canada Day!

What a fun week this is for our family! With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, we have decided to close Sarello’s for the entire week so that we and our entire crew could enjoy a real summer holiday.

Last year we closed this week for the very first time, ever, and set off on our great 9-day Western Odyssey across North Dakota. On July 4th, we took in the Mandan Parade (unbelievable “Americana” experience), and later that evening we laid a blanket at the Capitol Mall to enjoy a terrific concert and fireworks display. It was a great experience, and such a memorable Fourth of July for us – I know we will do it again in the future.

This year we have family coming for a visit later this week, so we wo’t be venturing out too far, but I’m sure we’ll still have a great time in our corner of North Dakota. Our plan is to   work on some new recipes, eat well, sleep well, play well, and just have fun together.

Today is Canada Day, and we’re celebrating Tony’s heritage with a breakfast of French Toast and Pure Maple Syrup, followed by a tennis match with Gio, some work in the yard at home and then we’ll probably grill something for dinner. The forecast for this week couldn’t be better, and we are grateful to have this time to relax and renew ourselves.

We hope to do some strawberry picking early next week, and then it’s back to work before our annual family reunion in Delaware later this month.Come July 20th, and the Nasellos will be back out on the prairie, looking to discover new places, people, and food, and taking time to get lost along the way. Our focus this season in North Dakota is going to center around food: where it comes from, where it goes, how it gets to our table, and where to find it!

We’d love to visit some farms and learn more about the agriculture of our state, and we look forward to sharing these experiences with you. We’d love to hear from you, if you have ideas, suggestions, connections, recommendations – please let us know! You can reach us by posting a comment in the section below, or send us an email to

We’ll also be sharing our ideas for great summer foods all week (like Easy Potato Salad, Sicilian Granita & Mojito Chicken) at our blog “Home with The Lost Italian,” and would love to hear from you about your favorite Fourth of July foods and traditions. What do you do? Do you go someplace special, or stay at home? What do you like to cook/eat?

We wish you and your families a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you this summer, either around North Dakota or right here on the blog!

3 thoughts on “From one prairie to another: Happy Canada Day!

  1. Wow so much sunshine and fun, it is winter here so your post leaves me feeling warm and looking forward to spring. Thank you for sharing your holidays with me. My son was born on the 4th of July. Easy date to remember even thought it is not our holiday over here we do understand its importance.

    • Thanks, Kath! It has been a week of beautiful weather, after a VERY long and bitterly cold winter so we have been soaking up as much sunshine as possible. How fun to learn about your son’s birthday – we love the 4th of July and had a wonderful celebration with family this year. Thanks so much for your comments. Where in Australia are you and what are your winters like?

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