Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Bambino BABE RUTH

BABE RUTH
 
"THE SULTAN of SWAT"
 
The GREATEST SPORTS FIGURE of ALL-TIME
BABE RUTH
 
"THE BAMBINO"
 
 
 
 
The CLASSIC BABE RUTH HOME RUN SWING
 
 
 
Yeah BAMBINO !!!
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH The PITCHER
 
 
 
FAREWELL THE BABE
 
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH BASEBALL CARD
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH ART
 
Made Out of New York City Subway Metro Cards
 
 
YANKEE STADIUM
 
"THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT"
 
Opening Day 1923
 
 
THE NEW YORK YANKEES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Has Anyone Seen The SANDWICH NAZI

ALIDORO on Sullivan Street Soho
Formerly "MELEMPO" and Home of Alessandro
The Panini Nazi
aka Sandwich Nazi
 
 
Where has The Panini Nazi Gone? This is a question, some of the age of 35 and over in New York's Southern Greenwich Village and Soho might ask. Others too, in other New York neighborhoods who made it over to a great little sandwich shop called Melampo. Melemapo is now diseased  No longer in business. The owner, one Alessandro Gualandi, also-known-as "The Panni Nazi" ran his little sandwich shop on Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets in what is now known as Soho, but for me and many "like" me, this is still known as The Village. Alessandro came to New York from Florence Italy. He used to work as a waiter at the famed Florentine Restaurant in New York "Da Silvano" owned by fellow Florentine Silvano Marchetto .. Alessandro was a hard worker who established himself in New York, saved up some money, then opened his own little heaven, one Melampo Sandwich Shop in South Greenwich Village (Soho) New York ...
Alessandro was a passionate man, especially about food as any self-respecting Italian would be. He created his little shop of Hand-Crafted Italian Sandwiches (Panini) .. He made a menu, whereby all the Panini had their own names. Names like; Geppetto, Julia, and such. I can't really remember all the names. The thing is, Alessandro had rules, and you better abide by them. He was an artist after all. You ordered a Panino (Sandwich) by name, and that was it. What it said on the menu describing the sandwich and the ingredients in any particular one was what you got. If the name was Marcello (named for the late great Italian actor Marcello Mastrianni) and the menu said the sandwich was made of Prosciutto, Mortadella, and Provolone, then that's what you got. You couldn't ask Alessandro to leave something off or add something to a particular sandwich. He would not have it. He was a temperamental artist, and you're not going to ruin the balance of one of his masterful creations by altering it. If you, din't like it you could leave, "and believe Me many did." Alessandro could care less, he was an artist. Thus the moniker "Panini Nazi" there was no other. And not everyone knew his name, real or nickname.
Alessandro was a character yes, and many (including myself) loved that about him. Alessandro is still alive. He's retired. I seeing walking the streets of Soho and going for his morning coffee.
Alessandro and his little sandwich shop "Melampo" became famous. he made great sandwiches and sometimes the line would go out the door. And if you were in line, don't make any comments for Alessandro to hurry up, he took his time. He was an artist, a master sandwich maker, and you better not say anything to upset him.
Yes we miss him, Alessandro and his little sandwich shop Melampo. the shop is still there. It's now called Alidoro and run by someone else. It's much the same, they make good sandwiches, but Alessandro is gone, and so are all the "Rules" and quirkiness. We miss that ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
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The SOUP NAZI
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NOT THE SANDWICH PANINI NAZI ALESSANDRO
BUT MY FRIEND in HAVANA
"DON DANIELE"
 
 
 
No Known Pictures Are Known of
Alessandro The PNANI NAZI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The New CAFE DANTE






What is It ???

SMALL PLATES ECLECTIC MENU

Non-Driven Italian Wine List

Old Patrons Probably Won't Like It


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The New Dante
South Room Bar




Linden Pride

Caffe Dante's New Owner


DANTE The new owners, including Linden Pride, formerly of AvroKO, have spruced up the 100-year-old cafe with green leather banquettes, but the space retains a vintage Italian Greenwich Village look with its pressed tin ceiling. The menu is now mostly small plates: beef tartare, burrata, flatbread and cold pasta salad. Italian aperitifs dominate the cocktail list: 79-81 Macdougal Street (Bleecker Street), 212-982-5275




A Picture of Former Caffe Dante Owner
Mari Flotta on the Homepage of The New Dante

The new Dante on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village is
absolutely nothing like the former beloved Caffe Dante, a caffe
that was a fixture of Greenwich Village for exactly 100 years
before closing earlier this year, when former owner
Mario Flotta sold Caffe Dante to Linden Pride who has been
quoted as saying the new Dante will be very much like the old
one with some changes. "Not" !!! The new Dante looks very nice
although quite different from the former caffe .. The entire concept
of the new Dante pretty much has nothing to do with the old one.
The New Dante has been billed as a Small Plates / Apertivo Bar 
that has little resemblance to anything remotely Italian .. It's billed
as an Italian Apertivo Bar, yet the Wine list has barely 20% 
Italian Wines in its makeup an the food apart from a few
Italian items, seems anything but Italian.

Although the new owner (s) has stated that the New Dante
will be very much like and in the spirit of the former Caffe Dante,
it seems doubtful that writers & students would be able to go into
the place, get a Cappuccino and sit writing for an hour or two.
The former Caffe Dante was a Greenwich Village Italian Caffe where
people could go just for a Cappuccino or Espresso and maybe a
pastry if they liked, hang out with friends or be there on there own just 
relaxing, reading, writing, whatever ..

There was a rumor that the new Dante would be serving dinner and drinks
at night and that is what customers would be expected to order, and
spend probably a minimum of $30 and upwards, but during the day 
people would be able to just go in for a Cappuccino or Espresso. it seems
doubtful that this will be possible, but time will tell. Time will tell what the
New Dante is, if its successful or not and if it stays the same as the owners
now intend or if it will morf into something else.


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The New DANTE
North Side Dining Room



APEROL SPRITZ

On The Menu









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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

JG MELON to Open in GREENWICH VILLAGE as CAFFE DANTE Re-Opens



BIG NEWS on MACDOUGAL STREET



Caffe Dante


 




The beloved Greenwich Village institution for 100 years,
the new CAFFE DANTE is open to open its doors on
Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village where it 
operated for exactly 100 years before owner (44years) 
Mario Flotta called it quits in April 2015 and sold the
legendary caffe to new owners.

I just poped my head in there before and they look like they
ready to open any day now. Only thing is, although the place looks quite nice, it doesn't look like it will be anything like it was for some
100 years, which is a true and classic Italian Caffe that served 
New York's best cup of Espresso along with Cappuccino and 
Italian Pastries, Sandwiches, and homemade Gelato.
The new place looks like a cool new Italian Bar, or Wine Bar 
and not the type of place where a writer can go and linger
over a cappuccino for an hour while he bangs out his lates
novela.
Well, I'll find out soon when I go and chcek it out.

PS .... In a post on Grubstreet, the articles headline is this;

"DANTE WILL BECOME a UNBEARABLE TRENDY 
SMALL-PLATES RESTAURANT"  end quote ...

Sierra Tishgart for Grubstreet March 25, 2015





JG MELON




A CLASSIC JG MELON BURGER



Up Macdougal Street less than 100 feet from Caffe Dante comes
a big new suprise for New York and Greenwich Village as an
offshoot of the famed Upper East Side 's famed JG MELON
bar and Burger Joint will be opening shortly on the corner
of Macdougal & bleecker Streets. Yhis guy for one is huge fan
of JG Melon and their awesome Burgers and am looking forward
to a great classic on a corner that has one mediocre food
establsihment after te other for the past 30 years. JG Melon
with their great burgers and cool laid back ambiance will be
a welcome new neighbor.
And by the way, for this guy, JG Melon makes one of 
New York's Top Two Burgers along with The
Shake Shack, JG Melon and Shake Shack get my
# 1 and # 2 Votes ...






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A Shuttered CAFFE DANTE

Ready to Spring into a New Chapter of Its Life

What Will It Be?








 JG MELON

The ORIGINAL

3rd Avenue at 72nd Stret, NEW YORK, NY


Danny Abrahms of The Mermaid & Red Cat
has partenered with longtime JG MELON Manager
Shaun Young to open a Greenwich Village outpost
of the famed JG MELON  ...

If all goes well, this Greenwich Village JG Melon offshoot
promises to be the 1st of many others. Maybe a bad thing?

Monday, May 25, 2015

How to Make The Perfect NEGRONI Cocktail





THE NEGRONI


    The Negroni? A question? A question to some? Most of America probably. Many so-called sophisticates have been drinking this “The Negroni” quite a bit in the past 4 years or so. The truly sophisticated, worldly folks have known about them far longer. Me? I’ve been drinking this great Italian-Cocktail for some 28 years now. Yes, I’ve been drinking Negroni’s ever since my first at a Bar in la Bella Roma back in the Summer of 1985. Rome, “The Eternal City” is where I had my first, on that marvelous first trip to Bella Italia. I was quite a young man, and that trip was completely magical, discovering real Italian “Italian Food” for the very first time, I had my first true Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara, Coda di Vacinara, Bucatini Amatriciana, Gelato, and a true Italian Espresso, “Oh Bliss!” Yes it was. I saw The Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Moses at San Pietro en Vincole (Saint Peter in Chains), I saw the Coliseum, The Roman Forum, The Duomo in Florence, Venice and The Grand Canal, Positano, Capri, Napoli, and so much more. Yes the trip was magical. It was magical hanging out at a Bar in the Piazza Popolo drinking my first Campari, and that first of a thousand Negroni’s, or more. Many American’s are just discov-ering its charms, “me and the Negroni,” we go way back; in Rome, Venice, Capri, Positano, Capri, Verona, Bologna, I’ve had Negroni’s all over. And many in New York in restaurants and bars all over Manhattan, and Staten Island where I drink some of the best Negroni’s I’ve ever had, certainly in New York, at my buddy Pat Parotta’s house in Staten Island. Pat pours an awesome Negroni, better than any bartender in the city. He makes them with love and when I go to one of his wonderful little dinner parties, that’s the first thing I have. It’s tradition for us now. Leaving my house in Greenwich Village, I hop on the 1 Train and take it down to the Battery to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. I hop on the ferry, ride across New York Harbor, passing the gorgeous Lady Liberty (The Statue of Liberty) along the way.  I get off the ferry. Pat picks me up at the terminal on the Staten Island side. We go to house, and I’m not through the door two minutes and he’s mixing up a nice one. A Negroni that is! Well 2 that is, one for me, and a Negroni for himself. We drink great Italian Wine at those dinner parties, and some of Pat’s tasty food. But we always start it off with our ritualistic Negroni’s alla Patty “P” and you should too.




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THE NEGRONI

Basic Recipe:

 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Gin
Ice
Orange
1. Fill a Rocks-Glass or Highball Glass with Ice.
2)  Add Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin.
3) Stir ingredients. Garnish with a piece of Orange Peel or slice of Orange.
Note: Orsen Wells after discovering the Negroni while writing a screenplay in Rome, wrote in a correspon-dence back home that he had discovered a delightful Italian Cocktail, “The Negroni.”  Welles stated,
“It is made of Bitter Campari which is good for the liver, and of Gin which is bad.
The two balance each other out.”




photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke




THE BELLINO NEGRONI


    For me, this is the Perfect Negroni. The basic Negroni recipe calls for 3 equal parts(1 oz.) each of Camapari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin in a glass filled with ice, and garnished with an Orange Peel.
    For the most perfectly balanced Negroni, I put in slightly less Campari  (3/4 oz.),  ¾ ounce of Gin, a little more Sweet Vermouth with 1 ¼ ounces, over Ice, add  a tiny spalsh of Club Soda and Garnish with a good  size  piece of Orange. Voila! The Perfect Negroni. Enjoy!




THE NEGRONI is Excerpted From Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 's  SUNDAY SAUCE





Thursday, May 7, 2015

JOSH OZERSKY Remembered

That's Very Sad News  .... R.I.P.  You Will Be MISSED !
 
 
A TRIBUTE to THE GREAT JOSH OZERSKY
 
One of The Best Food Writer New York (The World) Has Ever Seen
He Was GENUINE & REAL
 
 
Loved His ENTHUSIASM 
 
 
Like His Love for EISENBERG'S
 
and Everything & Everything That Was
 
REAL & TRUE
 
and
 
TASTY
 
JOSH Would SALIVATE
 
It was Real
 
It was CONTAGIOUS 
 
Josh Ozersky at EISENBERG'S
 
One of His FAVORITES
 
A REAL OLD-SCHOOL DINER
 
One of Just a Few in Left in New York
 
 
 
Josh Looks Happy
 
He's Got a Yummy Cheeseburger
 
 
JOSH with ANTHONY BOURDAIN
 
at KEEN'S STEAK HOUSE
 
NEW YORK
 
Josh Tell's Tony, "You Don't Drink Wine Here .. It's Whiskey, Single Malt 
Scotch Whiskey ... And the THING to Get, Is MUTTON CHOPS !!!
 
 
 
 
 
MUTTON CHOPS at KEEN'S
 
 
 
 
 
 
BLACK LABEL BURGER
 
at
 
MINETTA TAVERN
 
Josh Prefers The BLACK LABEL
 
I Like The MINETTA BURGER BETTER
 
So Do Many Others
 
Go There & Decide Yourself
 
 
MINETTA TAVERN
 
Macdougal Street & Minetta Lane
 
GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
"WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK"
GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
 
aka
 
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
 
 
 
ABIDE !!!
 
 
 
 
Josh Extols The Virtues
 
of
 
The HAMBURGER
 
Josh Ozersky on ABC NEWS
 
 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

WHY I HATE APPLE

APPLE SUCKS !!!!

Plain & Simple


We've all had problems with Apple, who hasn't? That's hwo they make their products, to break down so they can make more revenue ... No, Apple isn't happy making BILLIONS, selling there OVERPRICED COMPUTERS, Downloads, Overpriced Accessories, Overpriced iPhone and other devices (Now a Wacth) and INFERIOR POWER CORDS that RIP APART every year or so and COST an Insane $85.00 to replace. No APPLE is happy making all this money on the Brainwashed, no they want to make more !!! Yes, beleive it or not the BILLIONS of DOLLARS they make every year isn't enough to satisfy Tim Cook and everyone at APPLE, they want more. More MONEY for RIPPIN-OFF Peopel with their (Apple's) SCAM of Exhorbitant StorAGE DATA RATES, charging $100 for a MEASLY 16 GB of Storage ... There ought to be a LAW Enforced by the Federal Goverment over this issue. 
Anyway, al this is not enough at the GREED of The APPLE CORPORATION .. No they want more !!! More MONEY !!! More money in the form of REVENUE for making a PROFIT on the MILLIONS of REPAIRS a YEAR of their INFERIOR PRODUCTS ...

I had PCs for years before moving to MACS. Dam was I Dumb. Usually I don't fall for all the brainwashing ad propaganda, but apple years of listening and hearing al the BULLSHIT Lies and exagerations about the Superiority of APPLE PRODUCTS "NOT" I deccided to go for one. Well, it was partially the fault of Microft when the came out with a SHITTY NEW OPERATING SYSTEM in WINDOWS 8 which is aboslutely AWEFUL and the reason that pushed me into the World of APPLE and MAC COMPUTERS, "oh how I rue the day."

I needed a new computer, my Dell was on its Last Legs, so I bought a new PC ... It was Friggin HORRIBLE .. Well it was the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8 that was so "Fucking Horrible," it still is ... I bought that computer, hated the new Windows (nothing wrong with my Windows XP), so I brought the Windows PC back, and got a refund. It was at Staples and they took it back no problem, unlike those BASTARDS at BEST BUY who put you throuhg HELL if you try to return something. Enough about those SOBs and back to the World Cahampions in being Bastards, the people at APPPLE ..



A PIECE of SHIT
Apple Macbook Pro


So, I hated the new Windows 8 and decided to get an Apple .. Right away I wasn't that crazy about my Macbook Pro that I bough in August of 2013, but I went along with it .. Well guess what? I had THE PIECE of SHIT (My Macbook Pro) just 54 Weeks and the thing decides to CRASH on me .. I was Fucking pissed to say the least. I had PCs for 18 years and never had a Crash or anything so bad as what happened to me with my Apple Macbook Pro .. Now I've got to tell you, I'm not one to get RIPED-OFF with these Money Making Scams called Extended Warranties, a thing Apple, Best Buy, and every company involved in selling Electronic Equipment is part of as another source of REVENUE and Rippin People Off .. Needless to say when I bought my Piece of Shit Lemon MACBOOK PRO and they asked me if I wanted to purchase the Rip-Off EXTENDED WARRANTY I almost Laughed in their face, Hell No I wanted to say, but I just gavve them a no thanks and left it at that. Well don't you think my Piece of Shit APPLE Computer that these THEIVES Sold to me CRASHED & DIED two weeks after my wothless 1 Year Warranty was up? Of course it did.
Well I brough the SHIttY ASS MACBOOK PRO that was now totally worthless down to the BASTARDS at Apple ... I waited around for a so-called GENIUS for about 20 minutes .. Not too bad .. So the check out the Piece of Shit in Question, my Macbook Pro .. The did a diagnostic test and determined I needed a new Hard Drive ... Great! Cost $154.00 ... I was FUCKING PISSED, to say the least ... You've got to be kidding me, I told the guy, "this thing is only a year old." He just shrugged his shoulders (The GENIUS). "What the Fuck," I thought!!! What the Hell did I pay $1400 for I asked the GENIUS ??? He just shrugged his soulders again. I thought these fucking computers are supposed to be the best in the world. I've had PCs for almost 20 years, othing like this has ever happened to me like  this in 20 years, and I get a Mac that's "SUPPOSED" to be so dam great, it CRASHES in a years time and you tell me I need a new Hard Drive, Wht The Fuck." 
"Every Computer has the same Hard Drives," he told me. "Things break down," he said.
"Well why the FUCK did this never happen to me with one of my PCs," I asked .. The GENIS just shrugged his shoulders. Whatwas I to do, but pay the MOTHER FUCKERS at APPLE .. It's like Fucking Extortian .. And the BASTARDS get away with it, every DAM DAY, day-after-day, 365 days a year, year-after-year .. 
I'm getting tired of this. Apple Fucking drains you. They take your Money, bend you over and Rape you.
Now listen to this. Just 4 months after myy Piece of Shit Apple Macbook Pro CRASHED and Apple took (more like extortian) $154 from me, the FUCKING PIECE of SHIT CRASHED Again.  I went through the same shit with the Genius's again, waiting around, them checking out the PIECE of SHIT that they sold me and telling me that it was some sort of shitty ass inferior cable that cannects the Hard Drive to whatever. This time Imade them pay, that's another story I tell you at another time, cause I got 1 more doozy to quick tell you before I go.

So they fixed the PIECE of SHIT AGAIN.... Well guess what???? Four months later the PIECE of SHIT CRASHED again ... You know the drill. Go down to the Fucking Apple store, see someone who makes an appointement with a GENIUS for you, leave and come back at the appointed time, check-in and wait for the GENIUS, the Genius calls your name, you go up to The GENIUS BAR, he asks you whats wrong, you tell him (or her), he does a diagnostic test on that PIECE of SHIT NO GOOD For NOTHING APPLE MACBOOK PRO COMPUTER that Apple made and sold to you, only so you can keep having problems with it, and bring it to them to get fixed-up agian and they can EXTRACT a bit more money from you. It's an endless cycle !!! 

So guess what? Yes, you got it. My Fucking Shitty Ass Hard Drive is Dead and I need a new one they say (the Genius). That'll be $154.69 she says. Thsi time my Genius was of the female type .. What was I to do? I paid the BASTARDS once again .. I don't have the strength to fight these Fuckers again like the last time, so I write this.

BASTA !!!

APPLE FUCKING SUCKS


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