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November 10, 2009

Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Vintage Menus OR On The Road With Mrs. Mel Ancholy And Offspring (Mr. Mel Ancholy Said He Had To Work. Coward.)

Once again, thank you to Jan for a hilarious, inventive and amazing post!  This is the greatest!

 It’s 1959 and I’m taking the girls, Sara, Ruth and Alex on a road trip to California and yes, I know I’m insane, but I did promise them a visit to Disneyland.   Afterward, I’ll need a visit to the Funny Farm.

Anyway, the tank is full, I’ve got the atlas and my nerve pills, so, get into the car, hooligans, sit down and buckle up as we travel down the MCM Menu Highway!

First stop is Walgreen’s Drug Store in Chicago, Illinois.  It’s too late for breakfast, but a sandwich and drink (did I say drink) sound good.


Our next destination is San Diego, California, so you better use the powder room before we leave because I’m NOT stopping again until we get there!

Two hours later, at the speed of sound, we arrive at Aunt Emma’s Pancakes where their menu is shaped like, what else?  A pancake!   Ruthie!  Stop crying!  I can’t help it if they don’t have any Spam!


After downing some of pancakes and paying for damages that occurred when the girls started  a food fight, I’ve pointed (yes, pointed) the car north to Los Angeles.  I hope I can survive the 100 plus miles as Alex has that mischievous look in her eyes, like maybe she’ll insist that we play Peek-A-Boo as she covers my eyes while I’m driving.  Sigh, no wonder I don’t take them anywhere!

At Disneyland, I attempted to bribe the girls to mind by buying them some ice cream at the Carnation Ice Cream shop.


We’ve been asked never to return to Disneyland as the girls thought it would be great fun to stick a vanilla ice cream cone on Mickey’s nose.  Why, why me Lord?

I’m at the end of my rope.   My nerves are frayed, my voice is hoarse from hollering and I think I’m deaf in my right ear from Sara constantly yelling into it, “Mom!  Ruthie’s hitting me!  Mom! Alex just pulled the head off of my doll!  Mom!  Mom!”    Boy, do  I need a drink, but first a stop at the zoo.  I’m certain I can rent an empty cage  for my wild animals.  Ha!  Take that,  devil children!

Aaah!  The Luau in Beverly Hills!  Yeah, I could easily languish under a palm tree and sip several rum infused tropical concoctions until I pass out cold.  Waiter!  One of everything on the menu!


(Hiccup)  Now, where did I put those kids?

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6 Responses to Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Vintage Menus OR On The Road With Mrs. Mel Ancholy And Offspring (Mr. Mel Ancholy Said He Had To Work. Coward.)

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    November 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Ha ha!!! Awesome, awesome post, Jan!! I have to tell you, I would be the kid who would only want ice cream for every meal, even on top of my Spam. And probably the one who put the ice cream on Mickey’s nose….

    By the way, Coffee Grog?!?!? I totally want some of that!

  2. Alex Reply

    November 10, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I love it! I was (and still am) the kid that would pull the head off of a doll and play peek-a-boo while someone was driving. I guess you can tell a lot about a person’s posts. 😉 I love those menus. Where did you find these?

  3. sablemable Reply

    November 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    It’s always the quiet ones that you have to beware of, Alex!

    The menus were downloaded from the Menu Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. You don’t need to have a library card or be a resident: just type in the search bar, Menu Collection. They show current and past menus.

    Ruth, I HAD to mention Spam since you’ve done so many Wednesday recipes on your blog! You couldn’t see it on the Aunt Emma’s menu, but, they had a kinda ham stack thingy served with pancakes! I almost chocked from laughter when I saw it!

  4. Sara in AZ Reply

    November 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm


    YOU GO GIRL! AWESOME POST!!! I love this, so creative and fun to read!!!! I was laughing all the way through.

    Your car must have REALLY good gas mileage to get all the way from Chicago to San Diego without stopping. He he! I’m doing the pee-pee dance now. 🙂 Stop hitting me Ruth, and Alex I want my doll back! And, ummmmm, Mom can I try one of those Zombie drinks??? Please. 😉

  5. Rochelle Reply

    November 15, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Wow that Aunt Emma’s menu brought back memories. We still live close to where one was located and used to go there when were first married. I had forgotten all about it

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