The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

Eatable And you thought baked beans and sausage weren’t the least bit French? Betty & I have paired up to prove you wrong. Behold Betty Crocker’s Baked Bean & Sausage Casserole aka Middle Income French Cooking! This casserole is, per Betty, an “…appetizing adaptation of the French cassoulet.” Put that in your Pyrex, Julie & Julia! I did. It was savory and satisfying. And looked pretty haute and hearty in my fave dish. Baked Bean & Sausage Casserole 1pkg [10 oz] frozen Lima beans – oooooh, Peruvian legumes! 3 cans [16oz] baked beans 2 cans [20oz] kidney beans, drained 1 lb ( continue reading... )


Eatable I lived in Stockholm for two years but I totally missed out on this cafe! Cafe Valand was opened in 1954 by Magdalena and her husband Stellan Åström whom also designed it. The cafe is located in the cute and lively area Vasastaden in Stockholm where it has sat frozen in time with its stylish wooden walls, signs, machines and tables for over five decades ( read more... )

Eatable Anyone fancy a wide range of delicious Swedish cuisine? Do not look further, go and try Sweden House’s Smorgasbord and enjoy the lovely service of their blond and tall waitresses! I did some research about the restaurant and found out that it was located in Tampa, Florida (at 2720 North Dale Mabry Highway to be precise). The postcards most likely date back from the early ( read more... )