1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO "When Cars Were Cars and The MUSIC Was GREAT"My Dad's Cadillac. A 1958 Eldorado. Gun Metal Gray, the color. Wow, what a gorgeous car. Without a doubt "One of The Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made." To me anyway. To many. The 1958 Cadillac, when-cars-were-cars. They had personality, they were beautiful. Some works of art. Not like the crap and Mediocrity of today. Like so many things today, Mediocre and no things more so than two of America's most beloved things, Music and Cars. The cars of today,"They All Look The Same," pretty much anyway. No beauty what-so-ever, unless you spend upward of $60,000 or more. Well pretty much over $100,000 to get the beauty of a car like the 1958 Cadillac. Even a regular old Buick or Oldsmobile from the years between 1958 to 1968 were far more beautiful than 99% of the cars made today, "They All Look The Same," they're ugly and mundane, not like my fathers Cadillac, a 1958 Eldorado Broughm. Boy was that a beautiful car. And boy do I wish I had one today. I've thought about it numerous times, going down to the famed Car Swap and Show at Hershey Pennsylvania every Labor Day weekend year after year. I want one of those babies, one of the most beautiful cars ever made, just like my Dad's 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Broughm, and Gun Metal Gray please. Two problems with that, I live in New York City, the land of you most likely don't own a car. You don't need one, you live in New York. Problem two, one of these gorgeous babies in very good to mint condition cost $50,000 or more. I know, to you maybe a mere pittance But to me, $50,000 plus yearly expenses on a car I'd hardly ever use? Well? Hey, I've got memories though. I loved that car. My dad had a late 50's Green Plymouth Fury before that, and one of the last Packard's ever made before he got that gorgeous Cadillac. He actually got it from a famous New Jersey Gangster of the 1960's, one Antony Provenzano, better known as "Tony Pro." My father was a truck driver and member of the nations most powerful Labor Union of the day, The Teamsters .. My dad drove a truck for The Continental Can Company in Paterson, New Jersey and was a member of The Teamsters Local 560 ... My dad worked and drove the truck at night and during the days he had a couple of side businesses to make some extra cash. His main little side business was as a Landscaper during the Spring and Summer months(on weekends and all Summer long my brother Jimmy and I worked for my Dad). He had several clients of which he would do landscaping at their homes and or businesses . He'd do work like mowing the lawn, planting shrubbery, trees, and flowers, as well as laying sod. One of my dad's clients Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano was a Teamsters Vice President under Jimmy Hoffa, as well as being a reputed North Jersey Capo of The Genovese Crime Family. My dad mowed Tony Pro's lawn, and planted dew shrubbery and flowers at his North Jersey home. My dad got his 1958 Cadillac from Tony Pro. Mr. Provanzano owed my dad money on his Landscaping Bill ... As most men in Mr. Provenzano's position, it is cutsomary to get a new car every two years, quite often a Cadillac. My dad got this Caddy from Tony Pro, if I remember correctly around 1967 .. Tony was finished with it, wasn't using it any more and asked my dad if it wanted it in lew of the money Mr. Provanzano owed my dad. Guess what? You don't say No to Tony Pro. My dad said, "Yeah," and got the car. When I brought it home, I was all excited, the car was beautiful. I asked my dad where he got it, and he told me some Guy Owed Him Some Cabbage (money), so he gave me the cabbage. I just said, "Oh," but remember thinking to myself that this guy Tony Pro actually owed to my dad real Cabbage, the vegetable. I was imagining a a pick-up truck load of Cabbage.Well, my dad got tony Pro's 1958 Cadillac Eldorado, and boy was it a beauty, and did we have tons of fun in that car. My dad wasn't like the other kids dads in the neighborhood. No my dad was much cooler than all the others. Of course my dad was the best dad in the world. To me any way. Of course he was the coolest, he had Tony Pro's old Cadillac. And my dad, unlike the other dads, used to live to drive around, go for rides, just around North Jersey, down the shore (famous Jersey expression for The Beach), to Pennsylvania, or Upstate New York. We'd invariable stop at a diner, burger, or Hot Dog Joint for Burgers or Dogs. And if we went to any one of the many cool old diners in Jersey (Diner Capital of The World) or anywhere on the East Coast, we'd always grab a "Booth" to sit at, and my dad would give us quarters to fill the Juke Box, playing our favorite songs, The Beatles, The Monkees, Rolling Stones and Motown, "when Music was Good," (Great), but "no more" the Music, the Cars, all quite bad now. What the Hell happened? How can they make such Shitty Music now? Sorry but it really is. And it's not just a generational thing. If there are good artist, I will like them, like Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse R.i.P., Cee Lo Green. It's just there is so much crap, like "Crap Rap" and the other garbage music they make these days. What the Hell Happened? Dam, when I was growing up in the 60's and 70s there was so much great music it was beyond belief; all the great Motown artist, Pop, Classic Rock, and mixed in, there were greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Benett, and Dean martin still going strong along with The Beatles, Stones, and others. Well the music is quite bad these days. The music business has died. And cars too. What Happened to the cars? Have you looked at the cars these days? Horrible, they all look the same, "Crappy."Well, enough of that. Back to my dads Cadillac. Yeah, we had some good times in that baby; riding down to Asbury Park for the day, a day at the Sea Shore, go on some rides, eat soft Ice Cream, have a Burger, ride back and forth on the Parkway, the radio playing all the great tunes of the day, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," Sherry "Baby" by Jersey's own Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Rascals, The Supremes. Now that was music, and riding down the road in a 1958 Cadillac, stopping for Burgers and Fries. Ladies and Gents "It Doesn't Get Much Better Than That!"
TONY PRO" Genovese Crime Family Caporigime Anthony ProvenzanoA short, stocky and ham-fisted man who bore the scars of his young years as an amateur boxer, Mr. Provenzano - known to friend and foe alike as Tony Pro - joined the teamsters as a Depression-Era truck driver and, through muscle and shrewd maneuvers, fought his way into the top ranks of the crime-riddled union.
La Vigila "THE FEAST of The 7 FISH" The Southern Italian Ritual Christmas Eve Meal of Seven Fish, Representing The 7 Sacraments of The Roman Catholic Church .. This Meal is a Sacred Ritual of The South of Italy and Italian-American's in New York, New Jersey, and other Italian American enclaves across the country. And You'd be Surprised to know that is Mostly of The South of Italy and Italian-America and that Many Italians from Central Italy to The North have never heard of This Great Traditional Feast as it is Mainly of The South. Have You ever wanted to Make or Eat one, but Don't Know Where to Start? The Know-How is Mostly Passed Down in Families from One Generation to the Next and Not Much Has Been Written on This Great Subject. Not Until Now anyway with The Publication of This Book by Daniel Bellino Zwicke. You Will Find Everything You Need to Know to Partake, Make, and Eat this Most Important Meal of The Italian Calender Year , with The FEAST of 7 FISH.. The Book Contains Stories, Recipes and Instructions on How to Make This Great Feast, Your Very Own "FEAST of SEVEN FISHES" so Cook, Make, and Partake, Mangia Bene e "Buon Natale"
WHAT IS HAPPENING To THIS WORLD? THERE Is No MORE GOOD MUSIC THESE DAYS! ALMOST NO GOOD MUSIC (other than a few instances here-&-there)RECORDED For THE PAST 15 TEARS-Or-SO, "THE MUSIC SUCKS" !!!
Ramble On, Song of the Week!!! Without-A-Doubt one of Rocks All-Time Rockingest Rock Songs Ever, "Ramble On." This song Rocks like you can't believe! back in the Day when there was an abundance of Great Music being made by Hundreds of Great Artists, The 60's and 70's !!! Can someone tell us why there is "Barely Any Good Music" being made at all these Days!!! Just a bunch of a lot of Crap! Probably because the younger generation has such awful taste? Or is it just an Abundance of Lackluster Performers, or a Combination of both? I doubt seriously if there will be more than a handful of Musical Artist from the last 15 years or so who will Stand The Test of Time and be Loved 40, 50, 60, and 70 years down the road as artist like, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, led Zepplin, Elvis, Dianna Ross, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder and on and on are doing and will do. The music of this Day and Age is quite literally Crap.
Someone please Kill Hip Hop the way you Killed Disco (which is Superior Music to Hip Hop Rap) so long ago. How much more of this Shit do we have to endure! Are there any Good Musical Artists out there at all? Please step forward and do your thing!!!
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
DUANE ALLMAN ... One of The Greatest Gutarist of All-Time
My Perfect Breakfast? Well, my Perfect Breakfast is a bit unusual. When I get up in the morning, I turn on my Radio (1010 WINS NEWS) on my way to the bathroom. I listen to the first News of the day. Go to the living room, turn on the TV and watch it for 20-30 minutes or so. It helps me wake up. After watching a bit of TV I go and take a shower, dry-off, then brush my teeth, still no breakfast. I get dressed, fill my bad with my Mac Book Pro, battery charger and what-not. Now I'm getting ready for breakfast. I grab a Banana to eat along the way. Along the way to my local cafe where I will have Part II of my perfect breakfast. Part II ? A nice hot cup of American Coffee of course. Yes a good ol Cup of Joe and the greatest coffee of all, American Style .. Oh I know I'd get millions of complaints and disagreements on that one. Millions of French, Italians, and other Europeans would scoff, "Are You Kidding? American Coffee The Best?" Wel Yes! Yes for me and a couple hundred million Americans I'm sure .. The coffee at my local cafe is awesome. They buy their beans from New York's # 1 Best Coffee Roast, people who have been in business fro more than 100 years, not upstarts like Starbucks. Yes, No Starbucks like me, I'm "No Robot," not a "Follower" like most Americans. Starbucks? Way too commercial, and besides, I don't really like the taste. Starbucks has a sort of "Pissy" tatse to their coffee. I'm not trying to be funny or a Wiseguy here, I'm serious, Starbucks has a sort of acidic pissy kind of flavor to their Pikes Peak Coffee Roast. I noticed it a few years ago when because of the Wifi situation back then, I was going to Starbucks a bit here and there. I've never been a fan, but I do find them convenient at times. Anyway, dam, how'd I get on this subjects, this is not supposed to be about Starbucks, who in a way I sort of dispise. Banana by Andy Warhol
OK, back to my perfect breakfast. So I grab a Banana on my way out of the house. As I walk the 2 1/2 blocks to the cafe, I eat my banana. "No not that Banana you wiseguys!" I eat the Banana, the most perfect little package of fruti of all. Yes it comes in a beautiful lean yellow package that's just perfect. And inside, Bananas have numerous vitamisn and nutrients and is a great source of fiber that we all need for good digestive affects. Babanas contain a good amount of antioxidants such as lutein, Vitamin B 6, soem vitamin C, and of course it's one of the best sources of Potassium .. Yes a Banana is quite good for you. It's fairly tasty, inexpensive and easy to eat. So ther you go part one of my perfect breakfast. Part II, The PErfect Breakfast, my perfect breakfast. Part 2, yes, back to my coffee. The coffee roast by Porto Rico Coffee Roasters who have been in business in New York's Greenwich Village since 1907 .. Owned and operated by the Longo Family for more than 100 years. They buy green coffee beans and roast them all themselves into perfect Italian Espresso, Pete's Blend (1/3 French Roast 2/3 American Roast) and various different blends roast from coffee beans from around the World; Brazil, Columbia, Sumatra, Africa, and Cnetral America, Porto Rico is The Best. I often wonder why anyone would ever want to buy bags of the super commercial bags of Starbucks Coffee at $12.95 a pound when they cun buy the Superior Artisanal Small Batch Roast Coffee of Porto Rico for 30% less money? It just doesn't make sense. So my perfect breakfas? I eat my perfect Banana on the way to the cafe. I get to the cafe and order a large coffee (Porto Rico) from the wonderfullu sweet conter-ladies at the cafe. I get my coffee, get my table, sit down and relax. Oh how I love it so. This wonderful morning ritual. I ate my banana, now I sit down at my favorite cafe, all comfy and cozy. I pull out my laptop, surf the net, I write, I sip my coffee, I relax, I'm in Heaven. That's my most perfect Breakfast, it's a Banana, a Cup of Joe (good ol American Coffee), my Mac, and a perfectly wonderful neighborhood cafe. "Oh the simple pleasures of life!" Daniel Bellino-Zwicke GET COFFEE
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke is not afraid
to spill the beans on secret sauces in his new book, SUNDAY SAUCE“When Italian-Americans Cook.” Fans of The
Godfather will be pleased to know that of the several Italian-American dishes
covered in the book, the Clemenza Sunday Sauce “Gravy” made famous by Al Pacino
SUNDAY SAUCE: When Italian-Americans
Cook is available now in paperback and on Kindle from the Amazon store.
With more than 25 years experience as
a Chef and Wine Director in some of New York’s most renowned restaurants,
including; Del Posto, Barbetta, Odeon, Corrado, Daniel Bellino-Zwicke has
delighted foodies and gastronomic adventurers with the book. Many of the meals
that make Italian-American so famous as a food genre within its own right are
there: Sausage & Peppers, Pasta Fazool (Pasta & Bean Soup), Spaghetti
& Meatballs, Meatball Parm Sandwiches, Sunday Sauce aka Gravy, Mussels
Marinara, and many more.
If you have ever wondered How to make
Clemenza's Sauce, you’ll find the secret here, alongside recipes for Sinatra's
Meatball Sunday Sauce and Mamma DiMaggio’s Sunday Gravy (Joe DiMaggio’s
Mother), as well as Goodfellas Veal & Peppers.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke lives and works in New York City
where he has been a wine and restaurant professional for more than 25 years. The
renowned creator of Bar Cichetti "America's First Venetian Wine Bar,"
Daniel worked hands-on as the chef, Wine Director
and managing-partner. Daniel has also authored “La
TAVOLA, The Feast of the 7 Fish,” "Italian Christmas" and “Got Any
Kahlua?” “The Collected Recipes of The Dude” and he is currently working on a
new cookbook, yet to be named ... Daniel is one of America's foremost authorities
on the subject of Italian Wine.
Sundays are very important in
Italian-American culture. It’s a time when all the family comes together to
celebrate over a meal. With recipes that have become synonymous with
Italian-American with entertainers and movie stars in many an epic movie over
the years, the recipes included in this book will make that Sunday even more
Now That's a Bargain !!! Yes, a mere $8.00 in "This Day & Age" in New York ..
Caffe Dante's Lasagna is our most tradition Italian-American version of Lasagna .. Made with Lasagan Rigati Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Ricottta & Mozzarella, Caffe Dante's Lasagna "Hits The Spot" and is a absolute steal at just $8.00 ...
You can also get Panini for $7.00, Pizza MArgarita $8.00, and Homemade Meatballs for just $6.00 ... Wow!!! Dante is going give the much higher priced Da Silvano and Bar Pitti Restaurants around the block "A Run FOr Their Money" and a run for the money of local patrons and tourists looking to get some good tasty and very affordable Italian Food in Greenwich Village, Caffe Dante "Just Can't Be Beat" Get it!