Roadtrip Enjoy fine dining and lodging at our many motels, eateries, gas stations and… castles conveniently placed along highways stretching cross country. ( continue reading... )

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.

Roadtrip Three postcards depicting the chic and fabulous (or maybe not) Paris red-light district nightlife of the 1960s. Famous cabaret Moulin Rouge (the red windmill) can been spotted on one of them. For more lovely and kitschy postcards and photos of Paris head over to Popcards. ( continue reading... )


Mid-Century Houses

Jun 16th 2008 by Christopher

Architecture I have a passion about the mid century homes that was built in southern California by great visionaries such as Joseph Eichler and John Lautner. The Eichler homes are especially sought after today and the prices of them are getting higher and higher. Perhaps common people have finally realized how amazingly simple and beautiful the houses were back in the ’50s and ’60s? Today over ( read more... )

Interior Famous architect Mies van Der Rohe was not only a architect – but also a designer. He designed among others the Barcelona and Brno series furniture. Today we are looking at some of his designs from the wonderful Barcelona series. Designed in 1929 for the German pavilion at the Barcelona exposition in Barcelona, Spain. I was fortunate to visit it when I was in Barcelona ( read more... )

Interview FIFTY YEARS AGO, 1958 — the jet age officially makes its mark in history with the launch of the Boeing 707. Jet planes could fly to their destinations non stop, cheaper and faster than before. Air travel was now longer not restricted only to people of wealth. “Fly me friendly”, “coffee, tea or me?” We have all heard it before, stewardesses with big smiles, elegant ( 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... )