Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures
Avenue of Light – The Lost Underground Shopping Mall of Barcelona

The historically and culturally rich city Barcelona in Spain dates back to Roman times and holds many secrets, but even this one was new for me. Having lived here for quite a few years I thought I knew about most of the well known places from the past, but this lost underground shopping mall just appeared out of the depths one night. Knowing that Barcelona...

The Secret Tunnels Under the Playboy Mansion – Direct Access for Hollywood Celebs

Apparently, there once were secret tunnels with direct access from underneath the Playboy Mansion in Hollywood to the basements of some of the crème de la crème actors of the 1970s and 1980s. Legendary “bad boy” Hollywood casanovas such as Jack Nicholson had his own direct access to Bunny haven. The tunnels were built around 1977, and as you can see in the diagrams, they...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

Norm Crosby
The Cocktail Nation on May 29th, 2016

Podcast #406: Norm Crosby

Fly Me Friendly – What Air Travel Used to Be

To travel the skies today is as innate as sipping on a chai latte. Jetting across the world upon a chair suspended 30,000 feet above the ground, all while enjoying a dry Martini, has become the norm. Once reserved to describe the rich and famous, the words ‘jet set’ have entered our common jargon. However, air travel hasn’t always been painless and unstrained. Once upon...

Playboy’s Host & Bar Book – For the Urban Bachelor

After collecting cookbooks for over 5 years now, I can say that, with the exception of the occasional chapter on grilling and barbecues (which were dad’s domain, after all), all of the mid-century cookbooks I own are written with the lady of the house in mind. Entire chapters are dedicated to “Meals Men Like” and “Man-pleasers” or, in the case of the Smirnoff Brunch Cookbook,...

There is a Performing Arts Center Inside this Egg

Upstate New York was a far cry from Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill, where I had spent the last two years taking in the culture and politics of the Nation’s Capitol. But being the restless spirit that I was, I decided it was time to go back to school. Less than challenging and low paying jobs and a desire for something more propelled me to...

What Kind of Man is a Lounge Lothario

Today’s “me, me, me society” has led to a different type of man, a man who stands for little. A man who has a lot of unhealthy personal habits and very often is unattractive to women because of these self centered habits. Koop Kooper is a traditional man who is self confident and clear in his intentions in both love life, career and friendships. Today...

Let’s Play Swinging JiveCat Voodoo Lounge – A Retro Board Game

Game designer Seth Roback was raised in 1970s southern California and was considerably influenced by Disneyland, Googie architecture, and Jay Ward cartoons. Today, Roback resides in Seattle and has taken his love of mid-20th century pop culture and turned it into his first board game, Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge, which is currently crowd-funding on Kickstarter. Here’s what he had to say when he discussed his...

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