Dean Martin The KING of COOL

 
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Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin
FRANK & DEAN
 
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“HE WAS COOLER THAN COOL”
 
 
 
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FRANK SAMMY & DEAN
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DEAN MARTIN “The KING of COOL”
Dean Martin, “The King of Cool” ? Hell Yeah ! Dino Crocetti, better known as  Dean Martin (Stage Name) was as cool as they come. He Oozed Cool. Just look at him? That handsome Italian Son of Bitch. Dino optimized the phrase Tall Dark & Handsome. And the way he dressed, the man was a class act, full of style, grace and self-assured. And he spoke Italian. That right there makes you cool. Any American who can speak Italian, it just adds to the cool factor, and Dino had it in Spades. Dean was charming, charismatic, and just plain cool, yes he certainly was the King of Cool, an undisputed fact, though many times his coolness, and who was cooler, Dino or Frank Sinatra, it’s natural they were compared. Well, first off they both were as cool as they come. Some traits were the same, and they had their individual slyltes as well. Sinatra and Dean, they both were cool, yes. But there was only one King of Cool, and that was Dean Martin, and always will be. Just look at him, and listen to the man sing.
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Dean
Living up to one of his nicknames “DINO MARTINI”
With MARTINI FIXINGS of GIN and SWEET VERMOUTH
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1.   Italian was Dino’s first language. He didn’t start speaking English until he was 5 years old and started going to school.
2.   Born June 7, 1917 in Stubenville, Ohio to an Italian-American mother’s family was from Abruzzo, and his father Gaetano Crocetti from Montesilvano, Italy, in Abruzzo. Dean passed away on Christmas Day 1995. 
3.   Dean dropped out of High School in the 10th Grade. He said he was smarter than his teachers.
4.   Jobs : Steel Mill Worker, Bootlegged Liquor, Croupier (Black Jack Dealer) at a Speakeasy, was a Professional Boxer.
5.   Dino was a Boy Scout.
6.   Dino always said his Prayers, all his life, Dean Martin was a devout Catholic.
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DEAN
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with FRANK SINATRA   SAMMY DAVIS Jr.
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Drive In Movies Sadly a Thing of The Past

 

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1960s Drive-In Theater

Somewhere in America

 

I came across this vintage poster of a 1960s American Drive-In Theater filled great old cars from the 60s. I see a Chevy Impala Convertible, a Lincoln Continental, and a Woody Station-wagon that looks like a Ford. Oh the good old days. Going to see a movie at a Drive-In theater was loads of fun. And look at those cars? Things of Beauty. Not like the ugly machines they make today, the cars of later 50s, 1960s, and 70s were gorgeous looking machines full of character, and style, unlike what Detroit and Japan churn turn out today, they’re ugly, have no character, and pretty much all look the same. And don;t get me started on the differences in music, between the God Awful Crap they’ve been making for the past 20 years, versus all the fabulous music made in the 50s, 60s, and 1970s America and England as well.

Anyway, back to the drive-ins. Yes we saw lots of great movies at those old drive-in theaters. I remember seeing Cinderella, I guess when I was just about 4 years old. My cousin Artie took us to see Winning with Paul Newman and Robert Wagner. I saw a bunch of movies at the drive-in, including The Godfather, in the Summer of 1972. My dad took me, my brother Jimmy and our friend Terry to see that epic film at the Route 3 Drive-In in Rutherford. Later on, when I was a teenager, I’d take my friends, one sitting up front with me, and tow of my friends, in the time-honored tradition of young American men and teenage boys, a smuggled two of my friends in the large trunk of my 1967 Chevy Impala so they didn’t have to pay, and we saved money to buy Popcorn and Sodas. These are my drive-n movie memories in 1960s and 70s America. A thing that, sadly faded into the American Cultural Sunset.

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Gwyneth Palthrow as Margot Tenenbaum

In Wes Anderson’s The ROYAL TENENBAUM’S

The walls of Margot Tenenbaum’s bedroom and bathroom were covered with the famed Scalamandre “Gino Restaurant” red ZEBRA WALLPAPER. We guess Wes Anderson was a Fan?

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At the Old GINO RESTAURANT

NEW YORK , NY

Sadly GINO’S Closed in 2010

Recipe “GINO’S SECRET SAUCE”

SALSA SEGRETO

 

 

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Italian Cocktails in New York

My Don Ciccio Manhattan
 
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I was walking home yesterday after doing a few errands. I was walking from east to west on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village when just a little over a block from my apartment at Macdougal & Bleecker and normally I would continue west on Bleecker for one block then make a left onto Avenue of The Americas. However I decided to take a slight detour as I wanted to pass Dante NYC (Cocktail Lounge) to see if I spotted any friends there. So I made the left on Macdougal Street heading south. As I approached Dante, I saw someone covering part of his face to under his eyes with a napkin as to hide his face and joke around with me. I got closed and my friend Kresh removed the napkin and revealed his face. He was there with my pal Vince and he started laughing, and saying,”Danny’s here. We’re complete.” I was glad to see them and sat down. They already had a couple Negroni’s in front of them. We started chatting and I knew I was in for a good time. Yes of course, as one should be whenever going out for cocktails. We were talking when the waitress came over and asked if I wanted a cocktail as well? “Hell Yeah,” I thought to myself, and also was thinking what I wanted t drink, and of course I decided on a Negroni, after all, it was Negroni Time at Dante. And so I ordered one, which between the hours of 4-6, they cost $10 instead of the normal $14 during non-Happy Hour hours. This is good. 
 
We were all chatting and having a good time when my Negroni arrived at the table, so now I could join in on the drinking and we were having a most wonderful time. Then Kresh’s friend Jay came. He ordered a cocktail with flowers in it, and I can’t remember he name. 
 
Well, my three friends that I was at the table with, are all in the wine business selling wine in New York City. My friends Kresh also makes his own wine in Croatia, and sells it to several restaurants and wine bars (Bacari) in Venice, including one of Venice’s most wonderful restaurants of all, Al Covo. This is very cool, and Kresh was showing me a video of him actually delivering the wine by boat to Al Covo. Again, “very Cool.”
 
So we were having a good old time at Dante and Kresh and Jay ordered a second drink, so I figured I’d get one as well. M y Negroni was good, but I wanted something different this time around, so I was to thinking what to get. I had seen a Manhattan made with Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth, and I thought’d like to get one of those, so when the waitress came by, I asked her if she had one of those on the cocktail menu. When I explained the drink to her, she said they din’t have that on the menu, but of course the bartender would make one for me, if that’s what I wanted. “Cool.” So I had to think about what kind of Whiskey to get, and which Amaro I wanted in place of the Sweet Vermouth. I inquired about the Amaro, and she brought me a list of Amari. I wanted to get one I’d never had before and so I chose Don Ciccio. The waitress took my order, and after probably 15 minutes, maybe more, my friends started wondering about my drink. Kresh said, “Where’s your drink. It’s taking a while.” I wasn’t worried. Hey they were busy. The drink came, and it was well worth the wait. The presentation was beautiful. My Amaro Manhattan looked great in its cocktail glass, and not just that, but there was a tiny little carafe filled with more of my Manhattan inside, and it was on Ice & Garnished with Luxardo Cherries and an Orange Twist to boot. We all admired the presentation and everyone thought it was just great. And so I took a sip of my cocktail. “Delicious!” I loved my Amaro Manhattan, and thoroughly enjoyed it,
 
After a while, Kresh brought up, us going for dinner. We talked it over, and decided to go to one of our favorites, and especially our “Red Sauce Club,” which is our little group who go out to eat at Old School Italian Restaurants around New York. John’s on East 12th Street (Since 1908) is one of our favorites, and we decided to go over there.
 
Anyway, as usual, we had a great time at Dante. The place is a bit expensive, but we always have a nice time, so, “Ce la Vie.”
 
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My NEGRONI
 
At DANTE
 
NYC
 
July 2, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My FAVORITE AMARO
 
AMARO LUCANO
 
 
HOW to MAKE an AMARO MANHATTAN
 
Ingredients :
 
2 ounces RYE WHISKEY (Bulleit, Mitchers, Templeton)
 
1 Ounce Amaro of Choice (Averna, Lucano, Nonnino, Ramazzotti)
 
1 Dash of Angosura Bitters
 
1 Maraschino Cherry
 
1 Orange Peel (optional)
 
 
Fill a cocktail glass with Ice and some water, to cool the glass.
 
Place ice in a cocktail shaker (half full). 
 
Add a dash of Angostura Bitters to shaker.
 
Add the Rye Whiskey and Amaro.
 
Mix with with you cocktail spoon for i minute.
 
Discard ice from the cocktail glass. Place a strainer over the cocktail shaker and add the contents to the cocktail glass, minus the ice.
 
If using a orange peel (optional) add it now.
 
Serve and enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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My Decatur Street Triple Header

 

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CENTRAL GROCERY

DECATUR STREET

 

“My Decatur Street Triple Header New Orleans” what is it, you ask? It’s quite a wonderful thing and one I suggest you do if you find yourself in the fare city of New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve been going down there for some time now, and know a thing or two about this, one of America’s great cities, and certainly the most unique. As most people know, New Orleans is renowned for its food and restaurants, along with wonderful architecture and of course great music. But, you got to know which restaurants and other eateries are best, and the same goes for the music. 

Now, down to the food and drink, and my Deccatur Street Triple Header. OK, you still want to know, “what the Hell is It?” Well I first discovered that great sandwich, the Muffuletta at Central Grocery, along with the wonderful ritual of Beignets and Cafe Creme (Coffee) at Cafe du Monde on my first trip to the Big Easy with my Brother Michael, way back in 1995. We went to both these places, as well as the 3rd spot in my Triple Header, when we went for dinner at Tujague’s after my sister-in-law Eileen won a little money on a Slot Machine on the Paddle Boat Casino that we took a ride on. “Thanks Eileen,” we had a great time there at Tujague’s, all having their famous Table d’ Hote Dinner.

Now back to My Decatur Street Triples Header. First off, the first thing is heading over to the Central Grocery for their World Famous Sandwich, the Muffuletta which was invented there over 100 years ago by the Sicilian immigrant owner Salvatore Lupo. The sandwich is made, first off we start with the bread which the sandwich gets its name from, a large round loaf Sicilian “Muffoletta Bread” is a large flat loaf of bread. The bread is cut in half horizontally, then stuffed with Italian Provolone Cheese, Mortadella, Ham, and Salami and topped with the famous Olive Salad, made with large Green Sicilian Olives, Celery, Roast Peppers, and pickled Vegetables dressed in olive oil and Oregano. The Sandwich is one of the World’s Great Culinary Delights and the perfect way to start my cherished Decatur Street Triple Header.

I must warn you that the current owner of Central Grocery who married into the Lupo family is one “Miserable Bastard,” who has the personality of a Dead Fish. Just Horrible. Don’t worry, the sandwich makes up for it. Order your sandwich, give the miserable bastard the money for the sandwich, don’t let his “Horrible Attitude” bother you, get your sandwich, take it to the counter and eat it in delightful Bliss.

 

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My MUFFULETTA

And a Barq’s ROOT BEER

CENTRAL GROCERY

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Cafe Du Monde

Decatur Street

 

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Cafe Creme & Beignets

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The next stop on my Triple Header of Decatur Street New Orleans, is to me, one of the greatest places, not just in New Orleans, but of all of Gods Good Earth, “seriously, I Love this place.” Why’s it so great? Well it’s one of those places were everybody and anybody who goes to New Orleans goes here, to do what you do, when you got to the Cafe du Monde, and that’s to eat Beignets covered with tons of Powdered Sugar every day 24/7, 365 days a year, “Cafe du Monde never closes.” And to go with your tasty fresh fried French Beignets, you get a Cafe Creme chicory coffee, that taste so good. And it’s all cheap enough for everyone to partake. This is my # 2 in my New Orleans Triple Header.

 

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No. 3 on “My DECATUR STREET TRIPLE HEADER”

NEW ORLEANS

 

 

Now on to # 3, as we head back down Decatur Street to the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, “Tujague’s” and their stand-up bar for a Grasshopper Cocktail. Yes, I said a Grasshopper Cocktail. And you’re wondering why a Grasshopper(? Well, the drink was invented right here in 1918 by bartender Philip Guichet. Most people who go to the “Long Bar” at Tujague’s have no idea the drink was invented here, and the 3 times I came here and ordered one, and everyone started to ask me what I was drinking, and after I told them, everyone in the bar started ordering Grasshoppers too. “I love doing this.”

 

 

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Having a GRASSHOPPER COCKTAIL

with a Friend at “The LONG BAR”

at TUJAGUE’S

MARDI GRAS

2006

 

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Me & My MUFFULETTA

CENTRAL GROCERY

2009

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New York and $3 PBR Beer

 

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New York and the $3.00 PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer has been a God-Send to many New Yorkers. As you all know, the US Economy has been in the Shitter for the past 5  years or so.

Many people are out of work, and many who are working, are taking home Half-as-Much Money or more of what they used to make. People have had to buckle down and give up or curb many things they enjoyed previous to the current state of our economy, which is in almost a Depression Era State.
Yes, everybody says that we are not in a Depression, we’re in a recession. Those are the Rich and Well-Off, The 1%-ers  talking. To many, the state of our Union and their feelings are of Depression.
So, because of the Terrible State of our Economy you have given up eating out 3 times a week, you buy less clothes, spend less on Entertainment and any number of things. You haven’t had a vacation in the past two years, maybe more. You’ve given up a lot. We all have.

Now when it comes to socializing, going out for a few Beers or Cocktails with some friends, you’ve had to cut back on that too. But hey, you gotta draw a line somewhere, and everyone is entitled to a few drinks to unwind every now and then, and to be with friends. Yes times are bad, people are hurting, you need your friends more than ever. And having a few Beers or Drinks is one of the most common adult ways to do so. It’s natural and part of everyday life. You should be able to have two or three drinks or beers and not have to spend a small fortune doing so. You should be able to have 2 beers for about $10 including tip, and about $16 for tow drinks including tip. That’s reasonable. That’s what most people pay around America, and even less. But we don’t live in America, we live in the greatest City in The World, New York, and Cocktails and Beers here can be oh-so-dear. “Expensive!” Expensive as Hell, “Ridiculously Expensive.” It’s absurd and outrageous, with many places thinking it’s normal and OK to charge $16.00 or more for a measly little Cocktail made by a friggin so-called “Mixologist.” Ha! 

It’s not OK, what’s a person to do? So yes, we live in New York, and having a couple cocktails here can be a costly undertaking.. What is a Poor Working Guy or Working Girl to do??? Well Boys and Girls, let’s Thank God for that great thing of wonder and the Bars and establishments who so graciously and kindly serve it, The $3.00 PBR, That’s right, a $3.oo Beer in The Land of The Over-Priced $16.00 Cocktail, Manhattan, New York, NY….. It’s quite Sad, Greedy too, not to mention “Ridiculous Ludicrous and Insane.”

Yes, Thank God and let’s thank the Kind-Hearted proprietors who serve $3.00 PBR’S or any Beer for just $3 or $4 in a New York Bar. You are doing your fellow man a public service and we thank you for that. Whoever you are, you are to be commended, and Shame-On-You, all those places that serve $14 PLUS Cocktails. “RIP-OFF” !!! Wish the masses would Boycott these places and patronize places like Blue & Gold Bar, 7B, and anyplace who has a heart. Bars that serve 3 and 4 Dollar Beers.
I just have to say, it’s great to go to a place like Blue and Gold Bar on East 7th Street and know that you can have 3 or 4 Beers for just $12 to $16, accounting for a Buck a Pop for the Barkeep. Now that’s pretty good. I have had the best times hanging at Blue & Gold with some friends. You sit at the Bar or get into a nice comfy booth, drink your Beers ($3 PBR’S), relax, listen to the Music, Chit Chat, and just enjoy, and it’s not going to cost you The Shirt Off Your Back.
Yes, you can have 4 Beers, tip included for the price of 1 Rip-Off Drink at one of those Rip-Off Joints. And if you are Dumb enough to have four drinks in one of those places, guess what it’s going to cost you? About $75 my friend.

Well, do the Math, and if you can afford $75 for only 4 drinks, God Bless You. And if you can’t, you’ve got an alternative. Right, your local $3.00 PBR Joint. They’re a God-Send.

 Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 Copyright 2008 Daniel Bellino Zwicke

PLACES To GET A $3.00 PBR in NEW YORK

BLUE & GOLD BAR in the East Village, on East 7th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Blue & Gold has long been a favorite of mine ever since I lived in the East Village from 1982 to 1994. It’s just a cool ol normal old style bar with a pool table, standard 50’s 60’s Bar Decor, and Best-of-All $3.00 PBR’S and $6.00 Cocktails. I love it.7B   a.k.a. The Horseshoe Bar, also in the East Village, a bastion of cheap and fare prices in Manhattan and Land of The $3.00 PBR and other $3 and $4 Beers.  7B  is located on the corner of Avenue B at 7th Street, hence the name “7B”  … The nickname Horseshoe Bar comes from the shape and dimensions of the bar, “Horseshoe Shaped.” The bar has been the setting of numerous movie shoots, including the scene in Godfather II when Frankie Pantangeli (Frankie 5 Angels) goes to this bar for a meeting with the Rosato Brothers, and Danny Aiello raps a Piano-Wire around his neck. A scene from Crocodile Dundee and other movies as well ….  But Best of all, at 7B they serve $3.00 Beers, cheap drinks, and they have a photo and sell Potato Chips and Pretzels which practically no bars in Manhattan ever do any more. And this is a good thing when you get the munchies from the Beer. Glory Hallelujah, thank God for 7B .. 

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NEW YORK & The $3 PBR RE-VISITED 2019

 

I first wrote this piece way back in 2008. I was unemployed at the time, and not doing as well as I am today. What a difference a decade makes. No, I’m sill not rich, no where near it, though I have saved a bit more money, and definitely doing a lot better than I was when I wrote “New York & The $3 PBR,” and how much it meant to me, and a good many New Yorker’s at the time when New York and America had gone into a major recession and financial downturn. Many lost their jobs, as did I, and millions other fellow Americans. Many lost their jobs, and got new jobs at half their previous pay and even worst. And on top of it, the average price of a cocktail in New York was somewhere around $14, and many places at $16 &$17 before tip. Just figure on Twenty Dollars a drink at those places. And with sky-high rents, what was a person to do? If you wanted to go for 2 or three drinks, it could cost you $40 to $60 just for  a few drinks. Again, “What is a person to do?” I person has to drink, doesn’t one? Well no, it’s not really a necessity, like, air, water, food. Or is it? Yes, for many it is. The ability to go out for two or three drinks, and not pay, “An Arm & a Leg” so to speak. Shouldn’t your average Jane or Joe Shmoe be able have two or three drinks for just about 20 Bucks or less, including tax, tip, drinks, everthing? “Hell Yeah!” Well my good friends, just like back in 2008 when I wrote New York & he $3 PBR, believe it or not, you can still go to bars in NY and get a three dollar beer, a $3 PBR, and even for just $2.00 … “I Love it!” This is certainly good news. I was thinking about those places, and wondering, did they still have $3 Beers? Yes They do. There are even places where you can go and get a Shot & a Beer for just Six Bucks. Yes I said $6.00 … “Well, where the Hell are they,” you want to know? Read on my friends.

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WHERE to GET $3 BEERS & MORE CHEAP DRINKS in NEW YORK ?

BLUE & GOLD BAR … East 7th Street, EAST VILLAGE, NY NY  … “They Still Got $3 PBRs” and you can get a SHOT & BEER for just $6.oo … “Still my Favorite Bar” in NEW YORK

7B Horseshoe Bar at the corner of East 7th Sreet & Avenue B in he East Village of New York …  Yes they sill have $3 PBRs and other Beers, and one of the Very Few Bars in NEW YORK where you can still buy Pretzels & Potato Chips , “Love It!”

169 BAR … Lower East Side, NEW YORK NY …  $3 PBR’S, GENESSEE CREAM, MILLER HIGH LIFE, MILLER LITE and other Beers.

RUDY’S … 627 9th Avenue “HELL’S KITCHEN” NEW YORK NY, between 44th & 45th Streets … Pitchers of BEER for Only $8.00 & FREE HOT-DOGS .. $3 Pints of RUDY’S BLONDE LAGER

MILANO’S “New York’s Favorite Dive Bar” ,, 51 East Houston Street, New York, NY .. No, they may not have $3 PBRs, but $4 cans of ROLLING ROCK, a great Jukebox, and the fact that it’s NYs Favorite Dive Bar is good enough for me. I’ve had lots of wonderful times here, spent banging back a few brews, dropping cash into the Jukebox to play all my favorite songs (NO HIP HOP RAP CRAP), and sing along with my Pals. We’ve had many legendary nights here.

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Milano’s Bar

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WELCOME to The JOHNSON’S … 123 Rivington Street, NY NY … $2 PBR’S

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Welcome to The Johnson’s