Category Archives: Food and Drink

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Let’s Talk Turkey Cooks Up Promotions

  “Let’s Talk Turkey,” 1939.   Motion picture studios and exhibitors dreamed up great exploitation campaigns in the early decades of cinema in order to build interest in a title, increase word of mouth, and hopefully draw larger audiences to … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — Pisco Punch

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Just in time for New Year’s, we’ll take a look at a “lost drink,” making a brief inquiry into San Francisco’s Pisco Punch, made famous by Bank Exchange saloon owner Duncan Nicol (often … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Bronx Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Dec. 20, 1934: In case you doubted me (but you wouldn’t, would you?), here’s a recipe for the Bronx Cocktail, from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, courtesy of FultonHistory.com. In case you plan to … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. Note: This is a repost from 2013. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: A Brief History of the Tom and Jerry

A recipe for the Tom and Jerry from the San Francisco Call, June 30, 1912. Note: This is a repost from 2013. Over on Facebook, Christopher McPherson asked whether the Tom and Jerry was named for the MGM cartoon characters. … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Al Levy’s Tavern Toasts 1930s Hollywood

A detail of a matchbook for Al Levy’s Tavern, 1627 N. Vine St., listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $6.95. Much of the glamour of classic Hollywood grew out of the fame and atmosphere of its famous restaurants … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Roy Harlow’s Pump Room Fills Up Studio City Residents

A postcard of Roy Harlow’s Pump Room, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Ventura Boulevard has been the dining and entertainment mecca of Studio City residents back to 1927, when the area was still part of North Hollywood. Originally a main highway … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The Zulu Hut – Studio City’s First Programmatic Architecture

  The Zulu Hut, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Thanks to California’s inventive motion picture industry, eccentric, eye-catching examples of vernacular architecture took off in the 1920s. Though around for decades, vernacular or programmatic architecture hit its stride in the 1920s … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: The ‘It’ Cafe, Hollywood’s Swankiest Night Spot

The “It” Cafe in the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library. Restaurants go in and out of style in Hollywood just as quickly as go-go boots and bell bottoms, thanks to those following the hip crowd … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Los Angeles Breakfast Club Dines on History

Leading up to the twentieth century, few social organizations existed, except for those of wealth or higher class, or working for a charitable organization. Most people attended a religious organization of some kind. Military veterans honored those who died in … Continue reading

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Another Good Story Ruined: Vintage Eateries in L.A.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy’s neon sign, which was restored and re-mounted on the building after years of languishing in obscurity. A recent post by the Los Angeles Beat of vintage Los Angeles restaurants included Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena.

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Cafe Frankenstein, When a Cappuccino was 70 Cents

Here’s something truly awesome: A menu for the Cafe Frankenstein in Laguna Beach with artwork by Burt Shonberg, listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $125.  I wrote about Cafe Frankenstein in 2011 when a group of slides was … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Hollywood’s Pig’n Whistle Draws Film Fans

A souvenir postcard for the Pig’n Whistle, courtesy of Mary Mallory. Famous for decades as an upscale destination for sweet treats and light bites, Hollywood Blvd.’s Pig’n Whistle soda fountain and candy shop featured elegant surroundings and lighthearted family atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Re-Creating Elizabeth Short’s Final Meal Puts the Ghoul in Goulash

An image of the Black Dahlia crime scene sets the mood for dinner. How about some pinot extra noir?  It takes a special sort of person to think it’s a swell idea to have a pricey meal ($65 per) while … Continue reading

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Marion Eisenmann on Etsy

Marion Eisenmann, who contributed such wonderful artwork to the Daily Mirror, has opened an Etsy shop. She’s offering a selection of mugs and cups with her artwork (we own two, and the morning grouch has become one of our favorites). … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — Pisco Punch

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Just in time for New Year’s, we’ll take a look at a “lost drink,” making a brief inquiry into San Francisco’s Pisco Punch, made famous by Bank Exchange saloon owner Duncan Nicol (often … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Bronx Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Dec. 20, 1934: In case you doubted me (but you wouldn’t, would you?), here’s a recipe for the Bronx Cocktail, from the Amsterdam Evening Recorder, courtesy of FultonHistory.com. In case you plan to … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide — The Brooklyn Cocktail

Note: This is a repost from 2013. Yes, the Manhattan cocktail once had competition from drinks named for the other boroughs. Here’s a recipe for the Brooklyn Cocktail, from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 7, 1937. The Brooklyn Cocktail as … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12. Note: This is a repost from 2013. We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is … Continue reading

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