Big Lebowski Homemade Spaghetti-O’s

Spaghettti-O’s? OK, what pure-blooded American kid hasn’t
eaten tons of SpaghettiOs over the years. Well some I guess, if they had
parents that didn’t like processed foods. Dude was actually too old to have
eaten them as a child as Spaghetti-O’s weren’t invented and put on the market
til 1965. No Dude discovered then in college when a college buddy of the Dude
turned him on the wonderful little invention, round shaped pasta in tomato
straight from the can. All you had to do was open the can, dump the
Spaghetti-O’s into a pan and heat them up, and “Voila” you had a tasty little
meal ready in minutes. Kids just loved them, and they still do. They’re a
favorite of Stoners who are known to get serious munchies, which of-course
includes our pal, The Dude. Dude has loved these tasty little suckers ever
since his first taste. He usually keeps a couple cans on hand for a fast,
quick, and easy; lunch, dinner, or late-night munchies attack. However, one
day, one of Dudes other buddies showed Dude how to make his own home-made
Spaghetti-O’s and with or without “Franks” (Hot Dogs) or Meatballs. Dude just loved
the idea and makes himself a big-batch now and then, which once made, Dude can
keep in a container in the fridge, to be heated-up at will in just a few
minutes time. Great idea.
“Make Your Own Duder Home-Made SPAGHETTI-O’S
1 pound of Anelli Pasta
5 cups of Tomato Sauce, recipe page 117
1 tablespoon Sugar, 2 tablespoons salt
6 Hot Dogs, cut into ½” pieces
Grated Cheese (optional)
1.  Heat tomato sauce
with Hot-Dogs and sugar in a small pot over low heat for 7 minutes.
2.  Fill a 6 quart pot
with water and 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to the boil.
3.  Add Anelli (round
pasta rings) to rapidly boiling water and cook according to directions on
4. When the Agnelli (pasta rings) are cooked, drain into
colander, reserving a ¼ cup water. Put pasta back into the pot it cooked in.
Add Olive Oil and mix. Add the tomato sauce with the Hot Dogs and mix.
5. Serve yourself a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s & Franks and
your guests if you have any. Place any leftover Spaghetti-O’s in a container to
be easily reheated for another quick and tasty meal in-no-time-flat!
Note: You can make the Spaghetti-O’s without the Hot Dogs
for original recipe, or you can add a batch of little DaFino Meatballs

(recipe page 128, make them small) for Spaghetti-O’s & Meatballs.
Now that’s just awesome. That’s 3 meals in one.
                                               GOT ANY KAHLAU ?



Coffee The Rolling Stones

The Simple Pleasures of Life; having your morning Coffee, watching a Ballgame, delving into a great Book, relaxing, riding a Bike, watching a couple Rolling Stones Videos. What? Yes a Rolling Stones Video, other Classic Rock Bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix The Beatles. Or maybe some Great Old R&B of Motown or some fantastic stuff by Philadelphia Sound spin-masters Gamble and Huff.
    Well I was at the cafe the other day having my daily morning coffee, a simple pleasure in itself. My morning Coffee is typically an hour-and-a-half long. It’s not just to drink Coffee but to relax in the pleasant cafe atmosphere, see my cafe-friends, bang out stuff on my Laptop, read some News, and just have an all around pleasant time. The Coffee itself, I just can’t wait to sink my teeth into my first cup of coffee each and every morning. It’s like a good ol friend waiting for me over at the cafe each and every day, and I just love it and don’t know what I’d do without. “I think you know what I mean?” Yes we do Love our morning Coffee each and every day, hundreds and hundreds of millions of us, in America and the World over, Coffee and our morning coffee.

In the recent happening of Hurricane Sandy that hit New York and New Jersey pretty hard. Living downtown Manhattan nothing disastrous happened to us. We didn’t have any major damage to our homes or possessions but we did all lose Electricity for 5 days. The first morning after the Hurricane Hit and we were without electricity, I got up, took a sponge bath (No Hot Water), got dressed and went out looking for friends, food, and the beloved Coffee. I walked around the neighborhood (Greenwich Village), saw a few friends, then headed up to Midtown in search of electricity (to Charge the Cel-Phone and laptop), food and Coffee. They had electricity above 39th Street, so I headed up there, walking of course. I looked all over for a Starbucks and didn’t find a dam one open. They had Electricity but they weren’t open. “Those Bastards at Starbucks let us down when we needed them most. No Starbucks and no coffee. Bummer.” I’m not an advocate of Starbucks, but here and there they do come in handy, not that day, “When New York Needed Starback The Most” they let us done. Do you know how people would have been to get a nice cup of coffee when Sandy hit, we didn’t have electricity  no lights, no power to make coffee? Well that’s Starbucks. Well, I walked 140 city blocks that day, In-Search of Electricity, Food, Shelter and Coffee. I found Coffee at a McDonalds that was open on 46th Street. And yes food there too. Had a nice Black Angus Burger. It was pretty dam good. I found shelter there and shelter and electricity to charge my cel-phone and laptop when I popped into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The Waldorf was a God-Send. I went there for 4 days straight after and during Sandy, got Coffee, electricity  and nice shelter in a deluxe hotel lobby at The Waldorf. They were great!
   Dam I really got off the track there. Let’s get back to what we started here, The Rolling Stones and what a simple pleasure it can be to watch one of their videos.
    Yes I was at the cafe talking to my friend Chris. We were talking music, commenting on what was playing on the Cafe Stereo. They were playing a lot of 80’s Hits and now I can’t remember which ones, but they were all good. And again we got into a conversation about how apallingly “Terrible The Music, Bands, and Musicians Are These Days.” “They Suck” !!! There is almost “No Good Music” these days, at this time in 2013, and for the past 15 years or so. It’s just not made anymore, not like in the 60s, 70s and even 1980s. The Music these days Sucks! There are a “Very Few” good artist these days, like: Alicia Keyes who is fantastic, Cee Lo Green, Cold Play, Maroon 5 and maybe a few others, but not many, not like in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Anyway the Stones came on and we starting talking Rolling Stones, Mick, Keith, Woody and such. Some how conversation came to the opening Guitar Riff of Start Me Up and Chris thought it was Ron Wood playing the Riff. I said no it was Keith (Keith Richards) and Chris asked if I was sure? Yes! So he told me to Google it. I did. I was right, it is Keith Richards playing the opening Riff. Well then I watched a couple of great Start Me Up videos on Youtube along with my favorite Stones Video, their 1978 Performance Live in Texas of “Beast of Burden.” It’s friggin Awesome; the sound quality, The Stones themselves, the song, the way the Stones played it that night, Mick great singing and dancing around was awesome, Charlie on drums, Wyman on Bass, and of course the great Keith Richards and Ron Wood on dueling Gibson Les Paul Guitars. Fucking Great! I loved it, sitting there watching those two great Rolling Stones performances on Youtube, drinking my coffee in the nice cafe, and carrying on conversation with my buddy Chris. I loved those two videos so much and was enjoying them immensely that day, you just can’t imagine. A lot.
   Yes, and so “The Simple Pleasures of Life.” Had my Coffee at my nice quiet cafe for just $3.00. It always feels good being there. Chit Chatted with my friend Chris and watched those great Rolling Stones videos “Beast of Burden” and “Start Me Up” for Free on Youtube.  I was happier than a Bug in a Rug, The Stones, Coffee, the Cafe, Friends, and Youtube “The Simple Pleasures of Life.”

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

The $3 PBR



Hurricane Sandy Odessey NY

The Day “HURRICANE SANDY” Hit NEW YORK Monday/Tuesday  October 29 & 30, 2012 …. Got Most of My Supplies ahead of Time, enough Food, Water, and Flashlights. Was at 
“CAFFE REGGIO” in New Yorks, Greenwich Village twice that day hanging out 2 Hours each time, Sipping Cappuccino, on the phone and Laptop Reading and Writing, or Surfing The Net. Oh Yeah, before my first stop at Reggio I stopped in by My Buddy Giovanni at “Bar Pitti” (Proprietor) … Had a coffee of course (Espresso) and Govanni asked me if I wanted something to Eat? Heck Yeah, Thanks! “I’ll have One of Those Plaease,” I said pointing to the Mortadella Sandwich one of the waiters (Lucca) was Eating. Yummm! Dam it was tasty! Giovanni gets the top-quality Mortadella from Emelia Romangna in Italy, “Tasty” and fresh. The sandwich was on a nice piece of Ciabatta Bread from The Sullivan Street Bakery (Some of The Best Bread in Town) … So I had my Espresso and Pannino (Sandwich), hung-out, chit-chatted and thanked Giovanni for the eats and I was on my way.
    Went to Caffe Reegio, Cappuccino, Reading Writing and then  went to the Grocery Store on Bleecker and LaGaurdia Place. Got paper towels, Water, Cheese, Eggs, OJ, and a couple cans of soup to add to what I already had at home, Then went home and had some of the homemade soup I had left at home. Was back home for an hour and 1/2 then when back to Reggio and did the same thing.
   Went back home about 8 O’clock. I was home about 45 minutes watching the News of what was happening with Sandy “The Hurricane”   At about 8:45 the lights flickered. “Oh Shit” Yes, 5 or 6 minutes later they were “OUT” The Lights, The TV, The Laptop, Everything, “NO Electricity” we were in the “DARK” We being a Half-Million people living in lower Manhattan, from 39th Street down, no electrical Power at all. Pitch BLACK DARK!

to be Continued

Daniel Bellino Zwicke



Downtown New York on Tuesday October  30, 2012 The Day After HURRICANE SANDY
“HIT” NEW YORK and Left Downtown NEW YORK in The “DARK” Without SUBWAY or 

GRAYS PAPAYA “HOT DOGS” on The Corner of West 8th STREET and 6th AVENUE


Before the STORM Hit 
by Daniel Zwicke


Fried Hotdogs are “RIPPERS” at RUTT’S HUT – Worlds Best

The Other Side


Garbage Plate of Rochester New York




Didn’t think so, neither did I, but it seems quite interesting and I’m sure most American’s would just love it if they ever new of it if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s a regional specialty of Rochester, New York. So what is it you say? A Garbage Plate is a plate consisting of Hash Brown Potatoes, Macaroni Salad, and a type of Chili all on one plate. The plate might also contain a Fried Egg and or Cheese, and I’ll bet that some Bacon and some sort of Sausage might make it on a plate as well. Now isn’t that the kind of dish most American’s would just Love? If only they knew about it.



The Garbage Plate at NICK TAHOU HOTS



320 West Mains Street, Rochester NEW YORK


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ABIDE in IT !!!

First Brian Williams Now Billy Bush





by NBC




Probably will be Let Go soon by NBC

So now what for Billy Bush? Suspended by NBC pending review, will he return to the Today, be fired, or sent to MSNBC to cover bowling tournaments?

NBC, a broadcast expert pointed out tonight, has a poor record for dealing with anchor management. They’ve had more than their share of scandals and always seem to get it wrong.

To wit: Brian Williams, now on MSNBC, demoted from the network after being uncovered as a fantasist. Or fabulist. Or liar.

Ann Curry, forced off the Today show and then out of NBC despite her popularity because Matt Lauer was perceived as wanting her gone.

Deborah Norville, canned for Katie Couric. Norville herself was hired to replace Jane Pauley, who was forced out of the Today show. Pauley has recently scored a huge comeback triumph being named new host of “CBS Sunday Morning.”

And it’s not just in news where NBC has made huge errors. The whole Jay Leno-Conan O’Brian debacle is cited as even bigger, with Leno demoted to 10pn and then restored to the Tonight show after Conan was named to the Tonight show and then just dumped from the network. He now hosts a nightly talk show on TNT.

With all this history– and no doubt more that I’ve missed- does Billy Bush have a chance here? You tell me.









Boogie Nights Jessie’s Girl


The Late Great Philip Seymour Hoffman

Boogie Nights
Pool Party
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, John C Riley

Boogie Nights
“I’m a IDIOT”





Keith McNally Created the Meatpacking District New York


Keith McNally created the Meatpacking District? Yes Boys and Girls, I’ve been saying this for years. Never heard anyone else make this statement that I’ve been saying for the past 10, 11 years or so (remember where you hear this FIRST, Me! Daniel B Z), Keith McNally created the Meatpacking District! Well pretty much to what it is today, the booming, hip neighborhood of Trendy Restaurants, Trendy Designer Boutiques, Clubs, Hip and Cool Boutique Hotels, an Apple Store, The Chelsea Market, this that and every other thing, Keith did it. Well with a little help from Eric Goode and the Maritime Hotel which sprung up around the same time. The Maritme Hotel a Hip and Cool Boutique Hotel created by nightclub empressario Eric Goode of Area, on of New York’s coolest and longest lived Night Clubs (I had many a great time there), MK, and The Bowery Bar, Eric is now partner in The Bowery Hotel, The Maritime, and other projects. Yes Eric helped create “The Meatpacking” but it was mostly Keith McNally once he opened the doors of the venerable restaurant Brasserie/ Bistro “Pastis” Even before, as Keith always gets 12 to 18 months advance publicity, once he obtains a space, has a concept and before “Bolt # 1” goes into the place, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Daily News, the Post, Time Out, and the entire restaurant, food, and social press are all over the story, “Keith McNally’s Latest Restaurant” (place). 
    I’ve said it befor, and I’ll say it again, “Keith McNally makes neighborhoods. He made two neighborhoods that were previously nondescript, boom, spring trendy restaurants and shops, increase real estate values, and spark “The Cool Set” to move in. Yes he has, first with Tribeca and his opening and huge success of the Odeon way make in the early 80’s, and now in the 21st Century, Mr. McNally Created and Made The Meatpacking District of New York Hot, Cool, trendy, the “Place to Be and Be Seen In.” The neighborhood is booming. Since McNally opened Pastis way back in 1999, the neighborhood has seen tremendous growth, spawning the Hugely Sucessful “Hignline,” The Ganesvoort Hotel, Soho House, The Standard Hotel, an Apple Store, other hot and hip restaurants, Nightclubs, and a slew of expensive designer boutiques like; Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and others, “Everyone wants to be in the Meatpacking District and it’s largely due to Keith McNally and his fine French Bistro/Brasserie “Pastis.”
    Yes, there were others before Keith, but the neighborhood did not explode until McNally’s arrival. Florent was the first great pioneer, way back in 1985, a good 13 years or so before McNally opened Pastis. Florent  Morellet was a wonderful 24 Hour Bistro (Diner)  “Florent” on Ganesvoort. Yes Florent was way ahead of Keith in terms of when they opened their respective restaurants in the Meatpacking District of New York which was just that, New York’s Meatpacking District filled with a hundred or so commercial Meat Purveyors. Floent operated for a dozen years or so before any restaurant of great substance moved into the area. Florent was the King of The Meatpacking District and had no competition in terms of any other hip restaurants in the area. Relatively anyway. But the district never boomed under Florent’s rule of the district, that happened after Keith Mcnally moved in with the opening of Pastis in 1999. Eventually, after more than 20 wonderful years in operation of “Florent” Florent Morelett lost his lease to another “Greedy Landlord” wanting insanely high over-inflated rates for their properties. The Original King of The Meatpacking District Florent Morelett was booted out. And now Keith. What? Yes, Keith Mcnally and his Bistro Pastis that created the boom of the Meatpacking Distric, The Highline, The Standard and Soho House Hotels, an Apple Store, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney, this man may lose his lease, and New York and the Red-Hot Meatpacking District may lose the man and the place (Pastis) that made the neighborhood. “We may lose Pastis.”
   Yes Keith McNally creates Neighborhoods. he makes them boom, and makes them Hip and Cool simply by opening one of his great restaurants in a floundering un-hip hood. Case in point, Mr. Mcnally made Tribeca “hip” with the opening of the ODEON way back in the early 80’s with The late great Patrick Clarke at the helm of the Odeon Kitchen (1 of New York’s most talented Chefs of All-Time), and Keith McNally made The Meatpacking District what it is today with the opening of “Pastis.” What’s next Keith?


Daniel Bellino Zwicke






Bourbon Old Fashion …….. in New Orleans

An Old Fashion and New Orleans. Two things I Love dearly. And drinking Old Fashions in New Orleans and Bourbon Old Fashions to be more specific is a favorite pastime of mine, especially at such fine Bars as Napoleon House, The Long Bar at Tugacque’s, or at Arnaud’s and Galatoire’s.
The first thing i order from my waiter at my beloved Galatoire’s is a Bourbon Old Fashion. They make them perfectly here, muddling an Orange Slice with sugar, Maraschino Cherry, Soda, and Angostura Bitters before filling the glass with Ice and adding my Bourbon. The waiter brings my Old Fashion and I’m in Heaven. I’m at Galatoire’s in New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the World. I have my drink, sitting in the main dining room looking the menu over. “Oh Bliss.”
What to have for lunch. Shall I get a Gumbo, Raw Oysters, or Oysters Rockefeller to start? Decisions, Decisions! And my main Course? Trout Almondine, Shrimp Clemenceau, or Filet Mignon topped with Fried Oysters and Hollandaise. Think I’ll go for a Cup of Gumbo, followed by the Oysters Rockefeller, and Trout Almondine for my main. They should go with my Bourbon Old Fashion quite nicely.
What, “No Wine with Your Meal,” you ask. knowing what a Wine freak I am.
“No, not in New Orleans my friends.” I do not drink Wine in the Crescent City. It’s all pretty much Cocktails when I’m down there, maybe a Beer or two, but no Wine what-so-ever in New Orleans for me. Hey it’s the way to go in New Orleans. That’s what you do down there, Cocktails are preferred throughout the meal over Wine. And that’s fine by me. It just seems to go better. My Bourbon Old Fashion and all the fine Creole Cuisine. I Love it.
So, if you’re ever down there, in that wonderful city on the Mississippi, New Orleans, go to Galatoire’s, Antoine’s, Arnauds’s. Order yourself a nice Lunch or Dinner, and don’t forget to get a coupled Bourbon Old Fashions to go with your meal. It’s a match made in Heaven, Creole Food and an Old Fashion in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Do it.”
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke