Friday, September 17, 2010

Praise to the Mother, Long Live the 80's Memories

Feasting on humane, delicious fare outside on a sunny, crisp day in New York City. Enjoying good conversation with two positive, lovely souls. The good life it is.

At Mother Burger (a sister restaurant of vegan-friendly Blockheads), I snacked on complimentary peanuts (love that offering!) while sipping on an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade), $2.

Their veg version of the Mother Burger: toasted bulgar wheat, carrot, chick peas, onions, sauteed red and green pepper, tahini and spices. Without cheese it's $6.95, but I added the vegan soy cheese for $2 more since having that as an option is a real rarity and treat. Two words: happy dance!

I also dined solo at Two Boots (Hell's Kitchen location). Of course I choose the Earth Mother!

What's more quintessential New York City than a slice and a soda? I try and limit my soda consumption, but it just goes so well with pizza. A small Pepsi, $1.25.

I sat by the window, the perfect place to people watch. Other than the supermarket (the ultimate place to people watch for me), New York City is one of the best places to do it.

Visit various locations in New York City, or find them in LA, Baltimore, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The boots - the geographical shapes of Italy and Louisiana. Two Boots was founded in 1987 by two indie filmmakers in homage to their loves of pizza, beer and New Orleans, and it definitely has an eighties vibe.

Other cool things in 1987: Dirty Dancing was on the big screen (I still remember seeing it with my best friend, and may have the soundtrack on cassette in my childhood bedroom. Note to self: look for that the next time visiting). Tiffany and Debbie Gibson were on the airwaves. I pick Tiffany. Confession: I once brought a picture of her to a hairdresser. That was when teenagers still looked like, well, teenagers. Seems like 16 going on 27 too often now.

I feel sorry for today's youth that does not know the awesomeness of the eighties. The decade was just so campy. Check out "You Know You Grew Up in the 80's If" for a trip down memory lane. I, for one, did not think Doogie Howser was hot, but did rock the stone wash jeans and had a fluorescent pink purse.

Admit it: You reenact this scene in your living room when it's on TV (at least the last 20 seconds). We all do.


MaddyG said...

The 80's were so much fun! My girlfriends and I made up a ton of dance routines to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (with lifts and dips and spins). Good times! ; )

Catherine @ The Vegan Good Life said...

Those dance routines sound like such fun. How adventurous with those lifts...think of all the practice Baby and Johnny did!

I was reading a list of Halloween costume ideas from InStyle online and one was Baby (pink dress, white sandals) and Johnny (black shirt, pants and shoes). Cute!