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Book Review: Made in California Revisits the Nostalgia-Inspiring Restaurants of The Southland

made in california book cover photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

I lived in Southern California until I moved to NYC at age 27; and from ages 3 to 19 (1964 to 1980) I resided in the city of Orange. The main street in my neighborhood was Tustin Avenue, which was populated with countless fast food and casual restaurants including McDonalds, Taco Bell, Marie Callender’s, A&W (Root Beer) Drive Up, Arby’s, Jack In The Box, Winchell’s Donuts, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, IHOP, Baskin Robbins and others whose memories have been lost to time.

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Pink Thing of The Day: Eat Neon Sign with Pink Arrow

Eat Neon Sign

This fun vintage sign was photographed by me when I was eating dinner with some friends at Big Daddy’s Diner on Park Avenue South near 19th Street. They have very good food and excellent service. Also, you can play the Trivial Pursuit card game at your table while you wait for your meal.

LA’s 5 Cent Diner Presents: A Bacon Donut

Image Courtesy of Geoffrey Dicker

I would eat this.

RIP Coffee Cup Designer Leslie Buck


Leslie Buck in 1991

Leslie Buck, the man who invented the iconic “We Are Happy To Serve You” coffee cup, also known as the Anthora, has passed away at the age of 87. There is a nice little story about him and his life in the NY Times at this link. RIP Iconic Coffee Cup Man!