Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys & Girls Our Beloved TWINKIES Are Coming Back .. It hasn’t been easy, living without our Favorite Sweet Snack Treat The “Twinkie” Twinkies … No, Millions of Twinkie Lovers all over America were Crushed in November 2012 when the last beloved Cream Filled Sponge Cake Filled with Cream rolled off the line, and our Beloved TWINKIES were gone. They lasted on the shelves for a couple days, many hoarded whatever they could get their hands on. Boxes were selling on Ebay for hundreds of dollars and our beloved Twinkies were gone, No more. We were told it was temporary. Hostess went bankrupt and shut the company down, but they would be selling the beloved brand off. In comes Billionaire Dean Metropoulos, head of Metroupoulas Co., a company that has revived such icon brands as; Aunt Jemima, Bumblebee Tuna, Vlasik Pickes, and the much loved PBR Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. And I personally would like to “Thank” Mr. Metropoulos for doing these things, especially making Pabst strong and bring back our sorely missed and oh so loved Twinkies. I’d love to shake Mr. Metroupoulos’s hand and give him a great big hug, that’s how happy I am. Millions of others too.
Yes our beloved Twinkies are coming back. They will be back this Summer of 2013, around mid July is the ear-marked Joyous Day for The Return of The TWINKIES … Can The McRib be far behind? Recent history tell us the Mcrib should return, some time in the Fall of 2013, that’s two joyous days to look forward to.
Want a great day out. Once the McRib comes back this fall, and Twinkies have already been on the shelves for months. Go to you local store and pick up a box of Twinkies. Hold on to them for dare life and make your way over to the nearest McDonalds. Get yourself a tasty McRib or two, savor and enjoy. What’s not to love? Then for dessert, pull out a pack of Twinkies for dessert, and again, Enjoy! Then make your way to the nearest pub or bar that serves America’s favorite beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and again savor and Enjoy! If you live in New York as I, where the price of beers or cocktails can be insanely high depending on the joint you go to, make sure you go and get a $3.00 PBR, or $4 or $5 the most, and yes, enjoy. Basta!

Anthony “TONY PRO” Provenzano and MY DAD’S CADILLAC


1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO    “When Cars Were Cars and The MUSIC Was GREAT”

My Dad’s Cadillac. A 1958 Eldorado. Gun Metal Gray, the color. Wow, what a gorgeous car. Without a doubt “One of The Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made.” To me anyway. To many. The 1958 Cadillac, when-cars-were-cars. They had personality, they were beautiful. Some works of art. Not like the crap and Mediocrity of today. Like so many things today, Mediocre  and no things more so than two of America’s most beloved things, Music and Cars. The cars of today,”They All Look The Same,” pretty much anyway. No beauty what-so-ever, unless you spend upward of $60,000 or more. Well pretty much over $100,000 to get the beauty of a car like the 1958 Cadillac. Even a regular old Buick or Oldsmobile from the years between 1958 to 1968 were far more beautiful than 99% of the cars made today, “They All Look The Same,” they’re ugly and mundane, not like my fathers Cadillac, a 1958 Eldorado Broughm. Boy was that a beautiful car. And boy do I wish I had one today. I’ve thought about it numerous times, going down to the famed Car Swap and Show at Hershey Pennsylvania every Labor Day weekend year after year. I want one of those babies, one of the most beautiful cars ever made, just like my Dad’s 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Broughm, and Gun Metal Gray please. Two problems with that, I live in New York City, the land of you most likely don’t own a car. You don’t need one, you live in New York. Problem two, one of these gorgeous babies in very good to mint condition cost $50,000 or more. I know, to you maybe a mere pittance  But to me, $50,000 plus yearly expenses on a car I’d hardly ever use? Well? 

Hey, I’ve got memories though. I loved that car. My dad had a late 50’s Green Plymouth Fury before that, and one of the last Packard’s ever made before he got that gorgeous Cadillac. He actually got it from a famous New Jersey Gangster of the 1960’s, one Antony Provenzano, better known as “Tony Pro.” My father was a truck driver and member of the nations most powerful Labor Union of the day, The Teamsters .. My dad drove a truck for The Continental Can Company in Paterson, New Jersey and was a member of The Teamsters Local 560 …  My dad worked and drove the truck at night and during the days he had a couple of side businesses to make some extra cash. His main little side business was as a Landscaper during the Spring and Summer months(on weekends and all Summer long my brother Jimmy and I worked for my Dad). He had several clients of which he would do landscaping at their homes and or businesses . He’d do work like mowing the lawn, planting shrubbery, trees, and flowers, as well as laying sod. One of my dad’s clients Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano was a Teamsters Vice President under Jimmy Hoffa, as well as being a reputed North Jersey Capo of The Genovese Crime Family. My dad mowed Tony Pro’s lawn, and planted dew shrubbery and flowers at his North Jersey home. My dad got his 1958 Cadillac from Tony Pro. Mr. Provanzano owed my dad money on his Landscaping Bill … As most men in Mr. Provenzano’s position, it is cutsomary to get a new car every two years, quite often a Cadillac. My dad got this Caddy from Tony Pro, if I remember correctly around 1967 .. Tony was finished with it, wasn’t using it any more and asked my dad if it wanted it in lew of the money Mr. Provanzano owed my dad. Guess what? You don’t say No to Tony Pro. My dad said, “Yeah,” and got the car. When I brought it home, I was all excited, the car was beautiful. I asked my dad where he got it, and he told me some Guy Owed Him Some Cabbage (money), so he gave me the cabbage. I just said, “Oh,” but remember thinking to myself that this guy Tony Pro actually owed to my dad real Cabbage, the vegetable. I was imagining a a pick-up truck load of Cabbage.

Well, my dad got tony Pro’s 1958 Cadillac Eldorado, and boy was it a beauty, and did we have tons of fun in that car. My dad wasn’t like the other kids dads in the neighborhood. No my dad was much cooler than all the others. Of course my dad was the best dad in the world. To me any way. Of course he was the coolest, he had Tony Pro’s old Cadillac. And my dad, unlike the other dads, used to live to drive around, go for rides, just around North Jersey, down the shore (famous Jersey expression for The Beach), to Pennsylvania, or Upstate New York. We’d invariable stop at a diner, burger, or Hot Dog Joint for Burgers or Dogs. And if we went to any one of the many cool old diners in Jersey (Diner Capital of The World) or anywhere on the East Coast, we’d always grab a “Booth” to sit at, and my dad would give us quarters to fill the Juke Box, playing our favorite songs, The Beatles, The Monkees, Rolling Stones and Motown, “when Music was Good,” (Great), but “no more” the Music, the Cars, all quite bad now. What the Hell happened? How can they make such Shitty Music now? Sorry but it really is. And it’s not just a generational thing. If there are good artist, I will like them, like Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse R.i.P., Cee Lo Green. It’s just there is so much crap, like “Crap Rap” and the other garbage music they make these days. What the Hell Happened? Dam, when I was growing up in the 60’s and 70s there was so much great music it was beyond belief; all the great Motown artist, Pop, Classic Rock, and mixed in, there were greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Benett, and Dean martin still going strong along with The Beatles, Stones, and others. 

Well the music is quite bad these days. The music business has died. And cars too. What Happened to the cars? Have you looked at the cars these days? Horrible, they all look the same, “Crappy.”

Well, enough of that. Back to my dads Cadillac. Yeah, we had some good times in that baby; riding down to Asbury Park for the day, a day at the Sea Shore, go on some rides, eat soft Ice Cream, have a Burger, ride back and forth on the Parkway, the radio playing all the great tunes of the day, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” Sherry “Baby” by Jersey’s own Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Rascals, The Supremes. Now that was music, and riding down the road in a 1958 Cadillac, stopping for Burgers and Fries. Ladies and Gents “It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than That!”

Daniel Bellino-Zwicke


“TONY PRO”  Genovese Crime Family Caporigime Anthony Provenzano

A short, stocky and ham-fisted man who bore the scars of his young years as an amateur boxer, Mr. Provenzano – known to friend and foe alike as Tony Pro – joined the teamsters as a Depression-Era truck driver and, through muscle and shrewd maneuvers, fought his way into the top ranks of the crime-riddled union.



















Martin Richards

God Bless You Young Martin

May You Rest in Peace

And Bless Your Family and Give Them Strength

And Wishing Blessings and The Best Recovery Possible

For Your Mother and Sister’s Speedy Recovery Now and Forever

And May They Live Lives Filled with Love and Happiness

Ever Though They Lost You Martin and Will Never Forget You

Look Down From Heaven at Your Mother, Sister, Father and Entire Family

One Day You Will Be with Them Again Dear Martin

And Know That Not Only Your Family But All of Boston

and All The People of America have Been Touch By The Loss of Your

Sweet Young Innocent Life and That It Hurts Us to See Such a Beautiful Young Boy’s

Life Taken a Such a Young Tender Age and For No Reason at All

A Senseless Useless Act of Terrible Violence

God Bless You Beautiful Young Martin and Again Rest in Peace Dear Boy.



God Bless And Rest in Peace, Daniel



Ever wonder how has “The Best Croissant in Town,” The Town of New York, NY ???
That’s Easy! It’s The Hungarian Pastry Shop up in East Harlem on Amsterdam Avenue at 113th Street, New York, NY …  It’s across the street from the fabulous Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, to me the Coolest and Most Beautiful Cathedral in the World. And can you believe “most New Yorker’s” don’t even know it exist, or have ever heard of it, “Amazing!”
The Hungarian Pastry Shop is a favorite of nearby Columbia University students as well as faculty I’m sure. Not many New Yorker’s know of this wonderful little gem of a Pastry Shop Cafe, other than neighborhood locals, Columbia Students and tourists that might be tempted to drop in for Coffee and taste pastries like Sour Cherry Strudel, Croissants, and Coffee or the Dobos Torte, a Hungarian specialty.
A great “Double-Header” and wonderful way to spend a fine weekend day would be to take a train from wherever you might live in New York City, or if you’re a tourist, take the 1 Train to 116th Street/Columbia University and walk 4 block to 113th and Amsterdam Avenue. Go inside the incredibly beautiful Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Take a tour if possible, or just walk around, sit and contemplate, maybe pray, and just enjoy the beauty and grandeur before you. Take at least a half-hour, an hour or more, you won’t get bored. When you’re finished, go across the street for a coffee and pastry, or the best Croissant in town. Grab a table, sit back, relax and enjoy. And all for just about $10 to $15 total. You couldn’t have a better time, nor see more beauty, or get a a better croissant, not even for 15 Hundred. Believe me!
PS The equally beautiful Riverside Cathedral is only a few blocks from Cathedral of St. John Divine is another beautiful Cathedral, The Riverside Cathedral on Riverside Drive at 119th Street .. And 3 blocks up at Riverside Drive and 122nd Street you’ll find the answer and evidence to that age-old question, “Where is Grant Buried?” In Grant’s Tomb Yes, which is at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive overlooking The Hudson River in Manhattan, New York, NY … How Bout That?



Vicky Christina Barcelona, in a World of Bad Movies, Horrible Television, and some of the Worst Music of All-Time, it is quite refreshing, “It’s Good,”

It’s Wonderful as a matter-of-fact, to have a movie such as Woody Allen’s

VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA. The movie does just what a movie should, it makes you feel good. The movie makes you wish, if you’re a man, that you were Juan Antonio, Javier Bardem’s character, making love to three absolutely gorgeous women in short time and two at the same time with the incredibly Sexy and one of the World’s most beautiful woman

“Penelope Cruz,” along with the very beautiful Scarlett Johanson. “Wow!”


I, unlike many in America don’t call that many female movie stars among the most beautiful in the World as in the case with Julie Roberts and women before her like Lonny Anderson, not at all that beautiful, though many in the press and media had called these women beautiful and gorgeous. No! Penelope Cruz, now there, my friends is one of the Most Gorgeous, Sexy, Vivacious women to ever grace the Silver Screen or the World for that matter. When I look at Penelope Cruz in this movie, I just want to die, she is so dam Sexy, I want to jump her bones. My Heart is palpitating just thinking about her. So if i can’t have her, yes, I feel like i want to die.

This is the job that Woody Allen has done in one of his best films in years, One of the best films in the past decade and dare I call a masterpiece.

By the same token, if you are a woman, you will fantasize being with Javier Bardem, or a man like his character in the movie.


Yes this movie came out several years ago, but as I just saw it the other night on a DVD from netflix, just had to talk about it. If you are a passionate romantic it can’t fail to move you.

Two young woman, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Christina (Scarlett Johanson) who go to Barcelona to spend the summer as they have been offered to stay in the home of Vicky’s family friends.

The plot centers around Vicky and Christina who go sight seeing, dining, and explore the wonderful Catalonian city. One night they spot a artist Juan Antoion at a art opening. Christina is intrigued by him and ask her friends who he is.

Later in the evening Vicky and Christina spot Juan Antonio at a restaurant. Chrisina and Juan Antonio are eying each other across the room. Juan Antonio walks over to Vicky and Chrisina and introduces himself, then in short time invites the two Beautiful young Women to spend the weekend with him in the city of Ovedio and for the three of them to make Love together. Vicky is appalled by Juan Antonio’s brazen advance while Chrisitna thinks it’s charming and adventurous. Chrisitna wants to go, Vicky of course does not want to but agrees, if only to keep her eye on Christina and save her from this Don Juan.

Juan Antonio is still violently enamored with his emotionally unstable Ex-Wife Maria Elena.

So the girls go away for the weekend, both for different reasons, Christina wants the lost artist lover Juan Antonio, Vicky does not. A Love Triangle ensues. Check that Love Rectangle, there’s more than three sides (people). There are four. Three woman, and the Lucky, most men would say, Juan Antonio.

I shall not tell you anymore, only that the movie is wonderful, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johanson, and even Rebecca hall are all Beautiful and full of life. Woody Allen is still a genius, and you just have to see the movie, if you have not already, and if you have, it’s so dam Good, it’s probably time to be enamored once again. Maybe you need it as inspiration to spark your own Love Life! And who in this World could ever get enough of the Gorgeously Vivacious Penelope Cruz?



by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

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The Pizza Empire Cousins (Cujinos) from Staten Island, New York getting a TV Show. Sal Basile and Fran Garcia of the wildly successful Artichoke Basile Pizza are the latest culinary guys to get their own show. Unlike many of the awful host of most of the Horrible Food Network, these guys have actually made something and are culinary professionals . They have a couple Pizzerias called Artichoke Basile Pizza. They opened Artichoke Basile Pizza on East 14th Street which was a huge instant success. Almost from day one, people have been lining up for the cousins Sal & Frans Pizza, and I do mean line-up literally, and day and night. Many celebs including Keith Richards, Gerad Butler, and Jim Carey are big fans of their Pizza. These guys work hard and put out a good product and the people love them. They have also opened a great sandwich shop that sells Pastrami and Roast Beef Sandwiches. Awesome!
Now the boys are getting their own TV Show on The Cooking Channel called Pizza Cuz. Sal and Fran will be traveling the country, checking out Pizzerias in Portland Oregon, Brooklyn (Pizza Capital of America), and Oakland, California and other spots around the country. Sounds like a great concept, as these guys know food, especially Pizza, they have personality, and passion, and this should be a winning combination on TV as it is in Fran and Sals establishments. We wish them well and are looking forward to the first episode. Buona Fortuna Sal and Fran.