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.
Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper
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?
This is The Famous Wallpaper
At the Old GINO RESTAURANT
NEW YORK , NY
Sadly GINO’S Closed in 2010
Recipe “GINO’S SECRET SAUCE”
Scalamandre ZEBRA WALLPAPER
READ About GINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
SECRET SAUCE & ZEBRAS
“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.
And a Barq’s ROOT BEER
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Creme & Beignets
CAFFE du MONDE
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.
No. 3 on “My DECATUR STREET TRIPLE HEADER”
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.”
Having a GRASSHOPPER COCKTAIL
with a Friend at “The LONG BAR”
Me & My MUFFULETTA