ROCK N ROLL With Your COFFEE

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This Painting Perfectly Typifies GROUNDED COFFEE
 
As There are Numerous NUDES hanging on The CAFE WALLS
 
 
 

Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village. 

For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F’s and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it’s not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they’ve got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi.

 
 
The ROLLING STONES
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“They Don’t Play any CRAP RAP Music at GROUNDED. Just Good Old ROCK ROLL Like The ROLLING STONES, AEROSMITH, The WHO, The DOORS, and more.”
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Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can’t beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn’t want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn’t remember exactlt where it was and didn’t feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn’t even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I  ended up staying 2 and a half  hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes  for the SAUCE

So, anyway, that’s it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City.

I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GRANDED COFFEE ,

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

They Play GREAT MUSIC

Mostly CLASSIC ROCK :

“I LOVE IT” !!!
Today’s Set List :

SWEET – YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN

FREE RIDE by Grand Funck Railroad

The ROLLING STONES – Gimme Shelter


CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
DONOVAN “LOLA”

PINBALL WIZARD – 



The WHO

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE of THE MOON


LED ZEPPELIN

JIM MORRISON

The DOORS



STEPPINWOLF “MAGIC CARPET RIDE”

MARK BOLAN “GET IT ON BANGA GONG” 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “DON’T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE” ?

and Much MORE …

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Ozersky America Best burger

 

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The late great JOSH OZERSKY once proclaimed The BURGER at Raouls’ French Bistro on Prince Street in Soho, New York “America’s Best Burger.” Well, the Burger is pretty Dam Good but we don’t think we’d proclaim it the Best in America. Maybe among America’s Best, but we’d not say America’s Single # 1 Best Burger in the USA. We loved Josh, we miss him and his wonderfully unique style and utter enthusiasm, and that when he loved something, he call it “New York’s Best,” or America’s Best as in the case for Josh’s love for the Burger at Raoul’s of which just 12 are made per night.

We highly respect Josh and his decision, and Josh was usually right or not far off the mark, so we’ll call The Burger at Raoul’s one of New York’s Best, or one of America’s most wonderful Burgers, just not the single best.

Basta !

 

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Inside Raoul’s

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A Night at RAOUL’S

Soho

NEW YORK

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REMEMBERING JOSH OZERSKY

RIP

 

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The BADASS COOKBOOK

Learn The Secrets

to a GREAT BURGER

And How to Make The PERFECT STEAK

 

Slow Italian Wine Eataly NewYork

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With TOMASO PEPITONE (L) Robert D and MYSELF (R)

SLOW WINE NEW YORK 2018

EATALY DOWNTOWN

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BORGOGNO

Long One of The World’s Great BAROLO HOUSES

They Did Not Disappoint 

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Antica Casa Scarpa

The House of ANTICA CASA SCARPA was for me the overall winner as far as having the Best Selection on their table. It was Amazing, starting with : Barbera d Asti “La Bogliona” , a wonderful Brachetto Secco (Dry Brachetto) and the undisputed Winner of The Event, The Barbaresco Casa Scarpa 1989 was Kick Ass and probably the Best Wine I’ve Had so far this year (2018). I really enjoyed the tasting at this table, it was superb.

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Ran into my Old Buddy ALEX at EATALY

Alex and I Opened DEL POSTO Back in 2006

ALEX was a Valued SOUS CHEF and BANQUET CHEF

While I was The MANAGER of The ENOTECA at DEL POSTO

We Worked Dam Hard and Had Fun Working Together along

with The Great MARK LADNER who was The EXECUTIVE CHEF

at DEL POSTO

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BUSSIATTA

The BUSSIATTA PASTA con SALSICCIA e RAPINI made by Alex and his team and was out of this World. So good that I had 5 portions over the course of 5 hours, along with  , #ProsciuttoDiParma MORTADELLA , PECORINO , and SALAMI and GORGONZOLA . “I kept going back to the Bussiatta.” Awesome !!!

RECIPE

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BAROLO “CANNUBI” BARALE FRATELLI 2013

This BAROLO was Awesome and one of my favorites of the Event. Quite Delicious and perfectly in balance, this was Text Book Barolo at its Best. Bravo Barale Fratelli, you’ve done a great job with this one.

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SLOW WINE TOUR NEW YORK 2018
 
 
EATALY DOWNTOWN
 
March 1 , 2018
 
 
NEW YORK
 
“GOING to The Most IMPORTANT ITALIAN WINE TASTING of The YEAR Today”
TRE BICCHIERI 2018
NEW YORK , NY 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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The PRICES at EATALY are EXTRA EXPENSIVE
and Way TOO HIGH !!!
For MUCH BETTER VALUE “SHOP YOU LOCAL MARKETS”
We SUGGEST DePALO’S on GRAND STREET in LITTLE ITALY
FAICCO’S on BLEECKER STREET and in BROOKLYN
or RUSSO’S on East 11th STREET, East Village, NEW YORK
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 SUNDAY SAUCE
DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
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Old School New York Butcher Shops

 

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PINO PRIME MEATS
Sullivan Street , GREENWICH VILLAGE , New York
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Pino’s Italian Butcher Shop
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Pino is the proprietor of Pino’s Prime Meats, a butcher shop on Sullivan Street in lower Manhattan. Pino’s establishment, with its hand-lettered signs and 19th-century fixtures, is a little piece of old New York, and sometimes it feels like a little piece of the Old World, too, as friends passing by the door sing out “Ciao, Pino!” (More Italian is spoken at Pino’s than in certain quarters of Florence or Venice.) Pino has been carving up sheep, pigs and cattle since he was a teenager in the Sicilian town of Castrofilippo, and you might say that meat is in his blood. When I asked him about his family, this was his answer: “My grandfather was a butcher. My father was a butcher. My brothers are butchers. My brother-in-law. My sister-in-law. My nephew and my other nephew—butchers. My son is a butcher.” And I, fool that I am, thought I could spend an afternoon at Pino’s side and learn how to take apart a steer. I might as well have tried to master rocket science by watching an episode of Lost in Space.
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Picture of AL PACINO in CORLEONE SICILY
The GODFATHER
The SOPRANOS as Well
In the window at PINO’S
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To watch Pino in action is to see an uncanny blend of brute strength and magic. With an unerring pass of his knife, he separates a thick layer of fat from the ribs as easily as if he were cutting a deck of cards. Moments earlier, though, when he took a hacksaw to those ribs, he leaned into it with a force that made me understand why he’d spent the morning in physical therapy. His shoulder has been bothering him since December, when night after night he stayed up late, sawing through bones to meet 182 orders for Christmas roasts.
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FLORENCE PRIME MEATS
ITALIAN BUTCHER SHOP
Jones Street GREENWICH VILLAGE , NEW YORK
“HOME of The NEWPORT STEAK”
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Our THREE NEWPORTS From FLORENCE MEAT MARKET,  GREENWICH VILLAGE
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A piece of Tri-Tip Sirloin in one piece didn’t sell well in Jack Obaldi’s butcher shop so Jack cut the Tri-Tip Sirloin into 3-4 individual Steaks from the one triangular cut of beef .. He named the Steak after the Nike-like logo on a box of Newport Cigarettes and the rest is history as they say .. Florence Prime Meat Market is still open on Jones Street in Greenwich Village and that’s where I get my Newports, either there or at Pino’s Prime Meats on Sullivan Street which cuts a Great Newport and makes tasty home-made Italian Sausages as well .. Pino’s is great, but I prefer and give an edge to Florence Market as they are the originator of the Newport and they look of the shop is much “Cooler” with all its original old fixtures … 
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Inside Florence Italian Butcher Shop with all its original equipment and decor.
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ALBANESE MEAT MARKET 
 
Elizabeth Street ..NEW YORK  NY
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OLD SCHOOL ITALIAN BUTCHER
Where Catherine Scorsese Shopped for Meat
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ALBANESE MEAT MARKET SCORSESE FAMILY BUTCHERS
Across the street from The Scorsese Family apartment on Elizabeth Street, Little Italy       New York was the Scorsese family Butcher.
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GRANDMA BELLINO’S SICILIAN COOKBOOK

RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA

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FAICCO’S PORK STORE / ITALIAN BUTCHER

Bleecker Street , GREENWICH VILLAGE

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Fresh Italian Sausages and House-Made Sopresseta are Famous at FAICCO’S

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Great Italian Sandwiches Too !!!


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SUNDAY SAUCE

WHEN ITALIAN AMERICANS COOK


INSIDE




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ALBANESE BUTCHER SHOP


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The Albanese Meats and Poultry Market had its humble beginning in New York City’s famous “Little Italy” in 1923.

Started by Moe-the-Butcher’s father and mother, Vincenzo and Mariannina (Mary), the Albanese Family has been serving the very finest meats and poultry for nearly 85 years.

In a part of the city overrun with butchers, pork stores, and Italian deli’s, Albanese Meats and Poultry distinguished itself by catering to their customers and exclusively serving many of the specialty meats and holiday favorites desired by the mostly Italian immigrant community at that time.

Then in the early 50’s, Moe, after finishing college, joined the family business, as the success of the store on Elizabeth Street allowed them to expand their footprint on the Lower East Side with another store near the Williamsburg Bridge.

With his father close by his side, this is where Moe learned the trade and honed his skills as a Master Butcher- excelling in the art of skinning and butchering while formulating a keen eye for buying only the finest cuts of meat.

Then with the untimely passing of Vincenzo in 1954, the new shop was closed and Moe put aside his aspirations of attending medical school to join his mother on Elizabeth Street. He’s been there ever since.

Mary and Moe worked together on Elizabeth Street for nearly 50 years until her passing at the age of 97 in 2002. Now, Moe carries on the business and the great family tradition- serving only the finest cuts of meat with the same enjoyment and enthusiasm as the old days.



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The LOBEL’S of LOBEL’S PRIME MEATS

Better Have a THICK WALLET THOUGH

A PORTERHOUSE STEAK will set you back $120 or More at Lobel’s

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A LOBEL’S PORTERHOUSE STEAK

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Ottomanelli & Sons

Italian Butcher Shop that specializes in WILD GAME as Well as STEAKS and all the Usual Suspects … BLEECKER STREET GREENWICH VILLAGE , NEW YORK

 

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THE RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK
 
by DANNY BOLOGNESE
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PICTURE of SINATRA
 
with TONY
 
owner of The Marechiare Bar
 
aka TONY’S NUTHOUSE
 
on MULBERRY STREET
 
Now it’s The MULBERRY STREET BAR
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Best Burgers in NewYork

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SCHNIPPER’S Is # 1
This is The # 1 BEST BURGER in NEW YORK
SCHNIPPER CHEESEBURGER

 

 

 

 

JG MELON
Upper East Side Manhattan
 
 
JG MELON BURGER ROCK at SECOND BEST
 
“Some Would Say First. Even Me”
 
 
 
SHAKE SHACK BURGER # 3
 
“MANY SAY IT’S THE BEST”
 
We Wouldn’t Disagree, But You Gotta Pick Some Kind
of Order .. Everyone Has Their Own Choices, and These Are Ours
“GUESS WHAT? We LOVE THEM ALL, and FEEL THEY’RE 
ALL # 1 The BEST, or DAM CLOSE To IT” !!!
 
 
The LUGER BURGER at PETER LUGER
The WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS STEAK HOUSE
Is a STEAL at Just $11.95
GET With THEIR FAMOUS BACON
“IT ROCKS” !!!
 
 
THE LUGER BURGER
With LUGER BACON & CHEESE
 
“DAM THAT BABY Is TASTY” !!!
 
 
 
 
 
photo DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE
 
MINETTA TAVERN
 
GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK
 
MINETTA BURGER
 
TAKE The “MINETTA BURGER Over The
More Famous BLACK LABEK BURGER …
 
“IT’S BETTER” !!!
The MINETTA BURGER TAHT IS !!!
 
And IT’S CHEAPER To BOOT !!!
 
“TRUST Us On THIS ONE” !!!
 
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NEW YORK’S 5 BEST BURGERS
 
1.  SCHNIPPER’S
2.  JG MELON
3.  SHAKE SHACK
4.  PETER LUGER
5.  MINETTA TAVERN
 
 
New York’s 5 Best Burgers? Wow! Who are they? Who right? Who’s Not? Yes, it’s not easy, and who’s to say who is the best, who’s not, and that they are thee authority and decider of who is # 1 and Who’s Not? Well, there are any number of people, magazines, newspapers, and other intitties doing articles, stories and what-not on the Best Burger or Best Burgers in town and around the country. It’s a big and popular subject.
Well, this is just ours. Not seeing that his is the definative list and list to end all. It’s just ours. And of these 5, we ourselves what put any number at the Top of The Heep, they’re all great burgers.
 
THE SKINNY On EACH
 
SCHNIPPERS
 
Schnippers is awesome. They came on the scene a couple years ago. They didn’t make all that much of a splash in the first year or year 1/2, but now? They’ve Splashed, and in quite a big way. They just opened their 3rd location in Manhattan and seems like their expansion will lead to any number across the country, alla Shake Shack. Spaeaking of Shake Shack, Schnipper’s opened their first place less than 200 feet from Shake Shacks hugely famous Flagship Burger Joint (and 1st) at Madison Park at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue.
 
Anyway, the Schnipper Burger is awesome. The Schnipper Burger is a classic straight forward burger. It’s 5 ounces, fresh beef (never frozen), cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly. We love it, and think it taste exactlt as a burger should, with an emphasis on the tasty beef patty.
 
JG MELON
 
JG Melon is one great old institution up on 3rd Avenue at 74th Steet on New York’s Upper East Side. The Melon is a cool classic old school bar, the kind that just can’t be duplicated. Great natural vibe, and un-contived. And guess what? they’ve got one of New York top burgers, if not thee # 1 tops .. Some say, they are the best. Their Burger, and we wouldn’t give them a fight on that. We love em too, and almost picked them for the # 1 spot on our list. What do you think.
 
SHAKE SHACK
 
A Great Burger! Some say the Best. We did too for some time, but we feeel that Schnipper’s has edged them out. Though we wouldn’t gie anyone a hard time if they Shake Shack is # 1 … They’re Buger is Classic, just the right size, seasoned and cooked to beautiful tasty perfection. We just Love Em.
 
 
PETER LUGER
 
The Luger Burger is awesome. It’s quite tasty, and makes our top 5 list for it’s tastieness and the fact that you can go into this Mecca of Steakdom and get a Burger for just 12 Bucks .. But you probably won’t. You gonna want some cheese on that $1.50 and the Bacon ($4.25) is a “Must Have” at Lugers. If you go for Fries (Only $1.95), your burgers gonna cost you about $19.00
But hey, “It Peter Luger” and that’s a bargain. 
You can only get The Luger Burger at Lunch, and we just love hopping over the Williamsburg Bridge every 2 or 3 months to get one. You will too.
 
MINETTA TAVERN
 
You can’t beat the ambiance and History of Minetta Tavern .. This Historical Old Greenwich Village Haunt is cool as can be. And you’ll feel you are too once and if you secure a seat inside. The master of the restaurant business in New York, Keith McNally rescued this great old joint, spruced it up just a bit, retaining its wonderful orignal decor, placed a couple great chefs at the helm and opened her up to rave reviews. The menu is French Bistro Steak House, with big juicy Steaks, Bistro Classics, and a pair of New York’s Hottest and most loved burgers; The Famed Black Label Burger ($24.00) and The Minetta Burger ($16.00) .. The Black Label Burger is by far the most famous of the two, made with the Black Label Blend of Dry Aged Beef from famed New York Butcher Pat La Freida .. Dry Aged Beef may be great for Steaks, such as the ones so famous at Peter Luger and Minetta Tavern, but we feel that this beef doesn’t translate so well to Burgers … We prefer the Minetta Burger. How bout you?
 
 
 
 
 
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Celebrities Eating Hot Dogs

 

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The BAMBINO

BABE RUTH CHOMPS on a HOT DOG

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MARILYN MONROE Eating a HOT DOG in NEW YORK

at UNION SQUARE

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The Late Great

FRANK SINATRA

Back Stage in NEW YORK

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JFK

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENEDY

Eating a HOT DOG at a BASEBALL GAME

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PRESIDENT OBAMA

at The Local HOTDOG JOINT

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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON Eating a HOT DOG

No More Though

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NOT YET President DONALD TRUMP Eating a HOT DOG

He JUST LOVES His FAST FOOD

BOY THOSE PRESIDENTS LOVE THEIR HOT DOGS ???

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ELVIS EATS

Not a HOT DOG

But a PEANUBUTTER FRIED BANANA SANDWICH

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The BADASS COOKBOOK

SECRET RECIPES

BURGERS, CHILI DOGS, TACOS & ???

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FIDEL Eats a HOT DOG

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RIPPERS are DEEP FRIED HOT DOGS at RUTTS HUT in NEW JERSEY

WORLDS BEST HOT DOGS

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LEARN HOW to MAKE The DUDES COWBOY CHILI

to MAKE Awesome CHILI DOGS, TACOS, and More …

In GOT ANY KAHLUA ? aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

by DANIEL ZWICKE

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Dirty Water Dogs ???

ICONIC HOT DOG CART in NEW YORK

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HOT DOG GUYS

at RUTT’S HUT “HOME of The WORLDS BEST HOT DOG”

RIPPERS

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WORLDS BEST HOT DOG

at RUTT’S HUT, Clifton NEW JERSEY

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Coffee Art

of Iconic Greek Coffee Cup

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MARLON BRANDO

BRANDO Drinks COFFEE

CELEBRITIES Drink COFFEE … CLICK HERE

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THE DUDE ABIDES

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Mario Batali and The Big Batalski

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GOT ANY KAHLUA ?

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WHITE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES

White Russians Cupcakes? No Dude doesn’t make them. There’re Maudy’s little invention. Even though she doesn’t live with The Dude, she likes him quite a bit. Heck, he helped her conceive. So Maude felt like showing a little gratitude. Knowing how much Jeffrey (as Maude calls him) loves his Kahlua, Maude created this in honor of his Dudeness, “The Other Jeffrey Lebowski,” a.k.a. The Dude. “They’re right tasty,” as The Cowboy Stranger would say, and quite easy to make. Enjoy em!

 

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KAHLUA WHItE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Sugar

½ cup Butter

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla Exract

1 ½ cupls All-Purpose Flour

1 ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder

½ cup Milk

3 tablespoons Kahlua

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the Butter & Sugar.

Beat the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the Vanilla.

Combine Flour & Baking Powder in a separate small bow, then add to Creamed sugar and mix well.

Add Milk, and stir until smooth.

Place paper cupcake-liners and place in cupcake Baking Pan. Spoon cupcake batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick that is poked into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Take cupcakes out of oven and set aside to cool.

Brush tops of cupcakes with Kahlua. Let it soak into the cake.

KAHLUA FROSTING

8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature

1 stick Butter, room temperature

3 cups Powdered Sugar

½ cup Cocoa, unsweetened

½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

6 tablespoons Kahlua

3 tablespoons Heavy Cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and butter together until smooth and thoroughly mixed.

Add Cocoa and mix. Add Vanilla and Kahlua and mix. Add Heavy Cream, and mix till smooth.

Frost each cupcake with frosting.

Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA ?  by Daniel Zwicke,                                            with a little help from The DUDE

More Recipes in The DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK  –  GHOT ANY KAHLUA ?

 

 

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MARIO BATALI

and HIS Version of THE BIG LEBOWSKI “WHITE RUSSIAN”

BIG BATALSKI

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The BATALI FAMILY Version of The DUDES Big Lebowski WHITE RUSSIAN

THE BIG BATALSKI

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