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Sidecar Cocktail Movie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Karen 
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:32 AM
Subject: movie search

I just finished looking through your archives of recipes and miscellaneous 
tidbits. I don't have a recipe request, but I do have a movie title request 
that I hope you can help with.  Back in the '80s I watched a black and white 
movie on AMC (American Movie Classics) when Bob Dorian was the host.  In the 
movie, the main male character went to various nightclubs ordering a cocktail 
called a sidecar. He consumed lots of them throughout the movie. I am interested 
in knowing the title of the movie.  It is not one of the six movies in the Thin 
Man series with William Powell and Myrna Loy, but it is probably from the same 
time period.  I put in a request to both AMC and Turner Classic Movies, but they 
were unable to answer.  Hopefully, you know someone who can help.  Bottoms Up! 
Thanks.  Karen

Hi Karen,

The only movie from that era that I can find in which sidecar cocktails are mentioned frequently is the 1935 movie "Remember Last Night", Constance Cummings and Robert Young are a young couple who drink too much, including Sidecars. See:

See also:
The Superclick

I checked a number of sites where people have researched such things, and that's the only movie that I found any mention of from the 1930's, which was "The Thin Man" era, in which sidecar cocktails figured prominently.


Karen says "Remember Last Night" is not the correct movie. I could not find any other movie in which sidecar cocktails figure. There's no movie mentioned on any of the movie trivia sites or on any of the cocktail trivia sites that fits her criteria of a black & white movie with a male character ordering sidecars in nightclubs. Does this ring a bell with anyone?


I love-love-love old movies  and I also checked with a friend of mine -  he said it might be 
"The Last Flight ".  There was a group of bar-hopping friends, though, not just one character.


Maybe. A sidecar is ordered at least once in this 1931 movie about ex-pilots on a binge in Paris, but martinis are their choice most often. See:

Booze Movies


Crescent Seafood Seasoning

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Robert 
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 11:26 AM
Subject: Crescent Seafood Seasoning

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

A bunch of us over at TalkFood have been trying to find a certain commercial 
seafood seasoning named "Crescent Seafood Seasoning," without any success. 
"Crescent Seafood Seasoning" is, as we've learned, called for by name in 
numerous recipes.  But we can't find any website for a manufacturer or for 
anyone selling it. From the name, it may be associated with New Orleans 
(the Crescent City), but searches in that direction too have failed.  I did 
search your archives, as well, but nothing came up.  Any help you could give 
us would be much appreciated.



Hello Robert,

I found a salmon recipe called "The Best Smoked Salmon You'll Ever Taste" that calls for "1 sm bottle crescent seafood seasoning."

However, that's the only mention of the product that I could find other than message board discussions about locating the product.

That salmon recipe is to be found in multiple places on the web, and in one of them, this advice is given:"1 sm bottle crescent seafood seasoning or half a can of Old Bay Seasoning if you can't find Crescent."

I investigated companies named "Crescent ___" that sold spices or seasonings, and I found what might be a likely candidate in "Crescent Foods" of Seattle, Washington. This spice, extract, and seasoning company was also the original marketer of the popular maple extract called (Crescent) "Mapleine." It sort of makes sense to me that a Washington State company would sell a seasoning that's used in a salmon recipe.

The bad news is that, in 1989, the spice business of Crescent Foods was sold to McCormick & Company, who is now the marketer for Mapleine maple extract. If my speculation is correct, then McCormick would also own the rights to Crescent seafood seasoning, but I found no evidence that McCormick has continued to market the product. I'd try the Old Bay Seasoning substitution. McCormick owns them, too.


Margaret suggests that "Caribbean Crescent Green Seasoning" might hit the mark. See:

Caribbean Crescent Green Seasoning

I have doubts that this is the same seasoning that's called for in the smoked salmon recipe, but there is a description and a recipe for making Green Seasoning here:

Trinidad Green Seasoning

Joshua's Red or Purple Cabbage Salad or Slaw or Coleslaw

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Lou 
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 4:38 PM
Subject: Joshua's red cabbage salad

When in Paso Robles California I ate dinner at a steak house called Joshua's. 
They served a coleslaw salad made with red cabbage that was outstanding. 
They are no longer in business. I have tried everywhere I can think of to 
find the dressing recipe with no luck. If you have any information on this 
I would love to have it. Thanks ahead of time for your help.


Hello Lou,

Sorry, I have nothing on it, and I had no success in locating it.


From: Dustin 
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 5:30 PM
Subject: Joshua's Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

This is Dustin ... I noticed that you had a request for a salad dressing from an old restaurant in Paso Robles. 
The place closed down in early 90's and so many who ate there miss their red cabbage salad. I have searched 
everywhere for recipe, to no avail. They did sell the dressing in bottles at local markets as well as the 
restaurant itself. Was wondering if you ever ran accross this recipe or seen a bottle with list of ingredients? 
Have attempted to recreate...but just not the same. 

Thanks for your help,


Hello Dustin,

I searched for any recipes or copycats for this or even a photo of the dressing bottle, to no avail.

I found some posts on message boards about it:

“Joshua's Restaurant in Paso Robles, CA (I'm not even sure if it's still in business) had the most wonderful dressing on its purple cabbage slaw. I purchased some once and tried to re-create it, but couldn't.”

“Oh, the memories! This reminds me of the red cabbage slaw we used to have at Joshua's Restaurant in Paso Robles,CA. Heard they closed around 2003, maybe because of the earthquake, but we have tried for years to replicate the recipe to no avail. It had a vinaigrette type dressing and was served with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. No raisins or dried cranberries, might have had pine nuts, but that distinctive flavor of the dressing with the crunch of the red cabbage was unique. Sniff! Now I'm getting all sentimental over Paso Robles back in the day.”

The only recipe that I found with any mention of Joshua’s was this one. It may be similar: Cole Slaw-Paso Robles Style


Maggiano's "Vera's" Lemon Cookies

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Suz 
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:38 AM
Subject: Vera's Lemon Cookies

Have you, or anyone 'out there' been able to get a hold of the Maggiano's 
Aunt Vera's Lemon Cookies recipe; my whole family is clambering for them.



Hi Suz,

It appears that dozens of people are clamoring for this recipe. There are numerous requests on message boards all over the Internet, but not one recipe. No one has been able to obtain the recipe, no one has been able to create a copycat recipe, and no one has even offered a recipe and called it similar. Sorry.


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