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There is a unique place in town where you can find Almond Nougat made by Casa Real, also known as "Turrón Imperial de Almendras de calidad suprema". LA UNICA Food Store imports special almond nougat and specialty confectioners’ foods all year round, especially to celebrate Christmas’ Eve and the holidays at the end of the year.

LA UNICA also has a Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Restaurant which prepares Latin American favorite meals to dine-in or carry out, including Catering for Special Events.

There is a wide choice of Latin American variety foods from Cuba, México, Perú, Spain, Ecuador, Salvador, Colombia, etc. Order anything you can remember to taste from milk shakes made from mangoes, mamey, blackberry, lulo, papaya, passion fruit, guanaba to Vegan favorites like natural carrot juice or orange juice.

LA UNICA Special features Cuban Steak, Chicken, Rice, Beans, and Fried Sweet Plantains. Many Cuban fans order the favored Cuban Sandwich prepared upon request with fresh French bread stuffed with Smoked Ham, Roasted Pork, Melting Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Mustard & Mayonnaise, pressed in a hot grill for a mouthful of Cuban Sandwich panini.

Forty (40) years ago, family relatives, cousins Yolanda Wong Fen and Fernando Wong who shopped regularly at LA UNICA introduced my Father Roberto Hung and Mother to the original Cuban-American owner at LA UNICA who showcased Cuban-American food specialties like Sandwich Cubano, Guava Pastries, and Almond Nougat Imperial Torte imported from Spain. Ever since, I have remained a loyal fan and customer of LA UNICA’s unique Spanish American food specialties, since I used to work for a Travel Agency School with Fabiola along Clark Street, in the Edgewater area by LA UNICA Latin American Food Store and Restaurant…


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ft5y5X37QE&feature=share&list=UU2Gbj_LJEBu2Zq–xyJI4sQ

Courtesy: GHung’s Blog, WordPress.


http://vimeo.com/m/13140357

Courtesy: GHung’s Blog, WordPress.


During the decade of the 1950’s, the Turkish Sultan, the Prince, and his delegation visited the University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba while my Father was appointed Dean of the College of Law, Business, and Economics involved in Geological Prospecting for Mining Research. At the age of two years old, I was fortunate to be included in all of my Father’s professional, civics, academic, social events, and religious activities with my Mother and family at the University of Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. During 1959, 1960, and 1961, my parents introduced me as the first daughter formally to international diplomats, dignitaries, delegates, special guests, and visitors who met them at the University of Oriente and the University of La Habana in Cuba.
While the Turkish Sultan and the Prince’s delegation visited the eastern region of Cuba called Oriente, my Father was assigned to welcome and host the visiting guests and delegations from the United Nations, Turkey, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Europe, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Latin America, Asia, the United States, and other countries welcomed by Cuba. Naturally, I began to meet international visitors speaking in Spanish, English, English, French, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Scandinavian, and other languages–I became motivated and encouraged to learn how to speak other languages in addition to Spanish in Cuba.
Later on, I received a copy of the book titled, One Thousand and One Night or the Arabian Nights in Spanish for me to read about magic flying Turkish carpets and the Middle East open market in Istanbul, Turkey. Then, one night I dreamt that I was visiting the Open Market in Istanbul, Turkey. The next day, I woke up wondering how I was dreaming about travels in such faraway lands.
Several years later, in 1986, my dream became true when I met Nathan Scott Wittler, the first son of the Anglican missionary Reverend Melvin A. Wittler and Mrs. Nancy Wittler Patriquin, who were assigned to live in Istanbul, Turkey by the World Council of Churches, and share U.S. residence in West Dummerston, Brattleboro, in the State of Vermont, New England, USA. Former U.S. Navy PC-3 Nathan S. Wittler invited me to travel to Istanbul with him and meet his parents and siblings, Brian, Kent, and Heather Wittler. So, I did visit the Sultan’s Palace Topkapi, also known as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Amazingly, my childhood dream came true when the Wittlers invited me to the Turkish Open Market in 1986.

Copyright @2012 GHWittler. All Rights Reserved.



Turkish Festival 2012 at the Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois USA

American Flag at the Arts and Crafts Booth for the Turkish Festival 2012

American Flag at the Turkish Festival, Daley Plaza, September 12, 2012, Chicago, Illinois USA
Turkish Festival


http://millionhearts.challenge.gov/submissions/9680-a-caregiver-s-role-in-the-heart-health-of-loved-ones-by-gardenia-c-hung-wittler


http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/Communications.Languages.And.Culture.Inc..630-201-9055/2012/8/Lombard-Contributions-and-Donations-To-The-Community-in-York-Township-/949829


http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-835764


During April 21-22, 1998, Mr. Roberto Hung’s tracheostomy was dislodged when the Certified Nurse’s Assistant (Carol) turned him suddenly and forcefully on the Hill-Rom bed at the Lombard home, after washing him early in the morning. CNA Carol was harried and rushed when she knocked hard on the door, making loud noises around 7:30 a.m. on that day after she drove from Bolingbrook, Illinois USA …Carol was so loud that she woke me up, since the regular CNA Jennifer had changed her daily schedule for Roberto Hung in Lombard and did not come into Lombard from Woodridge, Illinois. CNA Carol was ornery and sounded irritated when she flipped Roberto Hung who was thin and underweight over on the Hill-Rom bed, too fast. The bedridden patient, Roberto Hung moaned and looked frazzled. I was watching CNA Carol wash my Father quickly until the telephone downstairs rang and I went answer the early morning call. The Certified Nurse’s Assistant Carol worked for a Home Physicians Service related to Dr. Thomas Cornwell, M.D., Nurse Nancy Minch R.N. and CNA Jennifer who were regular home care medical staff for Mr. Roberto Hung who had become a Lombard disabled and bedridden Traumatic Brain Injury patient as a resident homeowner, taxpayer in District 5, one block from St. Pius X Catholic Church and School in York Township, DuPage County, Illinois USA.

The tracheostomy tube had been inserted during December 1996 at Good Samaritan Advocate Hospital in Downers Grove, DuPage County, Illinois while the patient Roberto Hung was in a deep coma following a blunt hit to the head he suffered during a Lombard home invasion on the eve of the winter solstice, December 21-22, around Hannukah and Christmas in 1996. The traumatic brain injury with the aneurysm and stroke disabled and unemployed the Lombard resident homeowner that day at the age of 65 years old at home in District 5, one block north from Westmore Elementary School and the Deicke Home for the Retarded, 1005 W. Division Street in Lilac Town, DuPage County, Illinois USA.

When Roberto Hung started to turn blue in bed for lack of oxygen from the occlusion of the tracheostomy, I rushed to call Emergency 911 for the Lombard Emergency Medical Services, the Paramedics at the Fire Department and Police in DuPage County who arrived later and drove my Father to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital since the Village of Lombard did not have a hospital for resident homeowners and taxpayers in 1998.

COPYRIGHT©2012 Gardenia Hung. All Rights Reserved.

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