Long before there was a 12 Bottle Bar, Mrs. 12BB and I liked to do a bit of antiquing. High at the top of my wanted list was anything Bakelite, specifically gambling pieces and cameras. Without digressing into a tangent on the myriad virtues of phenolic resin, I’ll cut to the chase and simply say that it’s all about the seams. Or, in the case of Bakelite, the lack thereof. Most plastics are make in molds, and molds leave seams or “flash” — something anyone who has owned army men or made models will well know. Bakelite pieces, on the other hand, whether molded or carved seldom have seams or, at least, obvious ones. I suppose it goes without saying that my mind was on seams and flash when I uncrated the Arctic Chill Silicone Ball Makers. Read More…
The Montmartre was Hollywood’s first big night club — somewhere where, even during Prohibition, a drink and a bit of gambling were a sure thing. It quickly became the most publicized club in the country. Valentino, Tom Mix — even Winston Churchill — were seen at the Montmartre. Even so, we’re not fans of the original Montmartre cocktail featured in “Hollywood Cocktails”. Instead, we’ve turned the drink into a way-too-easy-to-drink milk punch that’s pink and sweet but never let’s you forget that you’re drinking booze.
Opened in 1930 adjacent to the Montmartre, the Embassy Club maintained a private membership list of 300, including Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson. By excluding the gawking public, the Embassy Club failed, pulling down the once-popular Montmartre (same owners) with it.
It’s time again for the Academy Awards, and this year, Fox’s Studio 11 in Los Angeles has asked us to present two drinks (or three, if the band doesn’t prematurely play us off) perfect for Oscar night. We take our inspiration this year from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the nightclubs which kept all of your favorite star well lubricated, particularly during Prohibition.
All three drinks we’ve whipped up are modernizations of house-favorites as captured a “Temperance” Town era tome, “Hollywood Cocktails”. This one comes from the Cocoanut Grove, located in the now-gone Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. Not only was the Cocoanut Grove a favorite hangout for the stars, it hosted six Academy Awards ceremonies from 1930 to 1943.