Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 03:24:03 (permalink)
Almost all of my friends who got married in the mid-70's got a fondue set for a wedding present.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 04:18:37 (permalink)
If I remember correctly fondue parties went haand in hand with pokeno parties. Chow Jim
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 14:05:51 (permalink)
How about the Frozen Bannana.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 17:06:41 (permalink)
Chow Chow Cup (chow main in a cup made of noodles)
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 17:14:55 (permalink)
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Almost all of my friends who got married in the mid-70's got a fondue set for a wedding present.


My sister got one, and she got married in 1971. I was hoping to get one as a wedding gift when I got married in 1990, but didn't. If memory serves, my sister told me she'd give me hers because she never used it. Of course, I never saw it.

I think I'll buy myself a chocolate fountain instead.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 17:47:58 (permalink)
1960's - Tunafish patties, meatloaf, 7 steak, meatballs and spaghetti and not to forget those gourmet sides that included frozen mixed vegetables and rice-a-roni. Also, for breakfast corned beef hash which I never seem to hear anyone having anymore (maybe with good reason.) Cinnamon toast too. Just white bread with cinnamon, margarine, and sugar placed under the broiler, it was always kind of soggy and soft on the underside, the things we remember!

1970's - seemed like everyone was coming up with all varieties of battered, fried vegetables, which I believe coincides with the birth (no pun intended) of the Fry Baby.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 18:37:16 (permalink)
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They have a fascination with putting that "nutella" stuff on everything........cans of nutella all over the place [/br]


Actually, "that nutella stuff" is quite authentically European, and quite authentic on crepes especially. There are actually probably as many varieties of "chocolate hazelnut spread" here in Europe (where I am currently stationed) as there are varieties of peanut butter in the US. And if you go to any sort of carnival, fair, or festival, there will be at least one crepe wagon, with many types of sweet and savory crepes on offer. The most popular are the ones involving nutella-like substances, often combined with banana...
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 19:08:30 (permalink)
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Almost all of my friends who got married in the mid-70's got a fondue set for a wedding present.


Yep. Got one for my early '70's wedding. Also bought a wok in the late '70's. Fast forward: in 2002, we bought a fondue set; in December, 2005, we bought a wok. We're enjoying both of them a great deal.

I definitely remember creperies in the mid '70's. Seems like they also made much of strawberry daqueries at these places.

Salad bars! Big honking salad bars with huge pewter plates in "upscale" restaraunts that served steak and prime rib. Places with dark wood, wall sconces and a medieval atmosphere. Garbanzo beans on your salad! Bleu cheese and creamy garlic dressing to supplement the standard French, Italian, and Thousand Island. Baskets full of rolls and huge slabs of butter at the end of the salad bar. Cheeses that would be specially grated for you by the waiter attending the bar. Mmmm...sounds pretty good even now.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 21:08:36 (permalink)

Sandy,
Your description of the Salad Bar in a SteakHouse brought back my memories of the Victoria Station Steakhouses that we had visited back in the 80's. Here in the Ohio Valley and during our trip to the '84 Olympics we used to hit them at least once a month. What a great Salad Bar! And the King-Cut Prime Rib was always Great too.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 21:21:23 (permalink)
Al, I thought Victoria Station (I assume the same thing in a railcar) was just in Northern California. They were always busy, I wonder if anyone has ideas why they went under ?
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 21:36:44 (permalink)
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Sandy,
Your description of the Salad Bar in a SteakHouse brought back my memories of the Victoria Station Steakhouses that we had visited back in the 80's. Here in the Ohio Valley and during our trip to the '84 Olympics we used to hit them at least once a month. What a great Salad Bar! And the King-Cut Prime Rib was always Great too.


Al,
I remember Victoria Station well. Extensive salad bar and great prime rib. I remember liking the ribs too but I suspect I'd find them too sweet these days. We used to go to the one on West 8th Street in Cincinnati. Last one I ever ate in was on Dutchman's Lane in Louisville. The Gatehouse Tavern at the Drawbridge in Northern Kentucky had great steaks and an expansive, well-tended salad bar well into the late '90's. The atmosphere(medieval decor)seemed leftover from the '70's but was enjoyable in a kitschy way. Good memories.

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 21:48:18 (permalink)
I remember the concept of the Champagne Brunch beginning in the late 70's/early '80's. These affairs often had "stations": an omelet station, a steamship round of roast beef station, a bar with champagne or Bloody Mary's, a desert station, etc. Sometimes a live jazz ensemble would entertain.

Also Japanese Steakhouses like Benihana were hot in the '70's. Does the Benihana chain still exist?
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 23:33:21 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

I remember the concept of the Champagne Brunch beginning in the late 70's/early '80's. These affairs often had "stations": an omelet station, a steamship round of roast beef station, a bar with champagne or Bloody Mary's, a desert station, etc. Sometimes a live jazz ensemble would entertain.

Also Japanese Steakhouses like Benihana were hot in the '70's. Does the Benihana chain still exist?


hi Sandy,
those weekend champagne brunches are still going strong in Vegas !!!
(that's for sure!)

and yes, Benihana is still around...

ellen
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 23:48:51 (permalink)
The late 60's and early 70's was also the era when bagels arrived in suburbia.

And when did the hollowed out round bread loaf filled with spinach dip hit the party scene?
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/07 23:59:27 (permalink)
Poor Benihana www.benihana.com They just escaped a lawsuit where a diner's family claimed the "artist" cooking their food let a shrimp fly toward their sibling who turned his head abruptly and later died. I think witnessing exebition cooking should always be at your own risk.

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 08:24:01 (permalink)
According to "Cook's Illustrated", Chicken Kiev was one of the 1960's premier restaurant offerings. pb
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 08:43:47 (permalink)
Pop Tarts & Eggos

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 09:31:12 (permalink)
Some of this may be regional but I recall that Rumaki (chicken liver and water chestnut wrapped in bacon, drizzled with soy and broiled) was a hip cocktail party nibble for about two years in the 60s. Maybe Crudites and dip took their place starting in the 70s.

Sloppy Joes had a brief boom in the late 60s with the introduction of cannned sauce (later Manwich). And I belive I saw something recently on Food Network about canned frosting coming out in the 60s.

Soy Nuts, soy-enhanced burgers, etc. started to be pushed in the late 60s, and the burger was a staple of stores during the Carter Administration.

Wings as appetizers took off nationally in the 70s, followed by Nachos.

Lots of convenience/snack foods in the 60s/70s. Flavored chips boomed and Pringles were introduced. Granola got big around 1970, starting with Quaker 100% Natural. Maybe it was a response to Space Food Sticks. I believe Instant Breakfast launched in the 60s and now it's back.

Speaking of Fondue and back in style, the Iceberg Wedge salad is a current rage.

Whatever happened to topped baked potatoes as fast food? I'm talking about a potato with your choice of about a dozen toppings (i.e. stroganoff, teriyaki vegetables, broccoli in cheese sauce, etc.) Had a brief run when they opened the Corner Mall in Boston in the early 80s and then disappeared to the back menu of burger joints with no choices.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 09:49:23 (permalink)
And how about chicken pot pie?!!

(we still see it in our casino employee cafeteria, though!)
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 09:51:34 (permalink)
fast forwarding ahead, to the 2000-2010 decade,
the WRAP seems to be the rage!!

(don't personally care for them too much).....I just like the regular sub rolls! (espescially the atlantic city bread)
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 10:04:27 (permalink)
Wraps? How about Pita Bread. Another "old" food that first showed up in our markets around 1970. Marketed as a diet alternative to sliced bread.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 11:30:27 (permalink)

Steve,
Victoria Station was a national chain, with restaurants in many Metro-areas back in the 80's.
I visited Them inthe Los Angeles area(South Bay) Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Louisville (the one Sandy mentioned was a favorite stop for us). They had a coupon deal arrangement with 3M for a couple of years that was great. If you bought a case of videocassettes from 3M you got a Dinner for Two (freebie) coupon for a Victoria Station anywhere in the chain. It covered appetizer, entree, and dessert, but not beverage. Well the college I worked for used a LOT of videocassettes, so we managed to collect 30coupons in a year or so. That made for a lot of Oysters Rockefeller, King-Cut Prime Rib, and various Cheesecakes!
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 12:22:14 (permalink)
I remember potato bars were big for a while in the 70's but didn't last long.
I miss em.. I can load a potato like no one.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 12:39:27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by UncleVic

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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen



What was the Fondue Decade? My poor memory says it was the early 70's but that's open to debate.



Funny you mentioned the Fondue Decade. I was reading a review a few weeks back about a new restaurant in town here specializing in Fondues. They claimed in their interview this style is comming back in fashon. Not sure I'd want to bankroll a house on that gamble...



Where I live,

http://www.meltingpot.com/FtLauderdalefl/home.html


That place is a goldmine. They don't have to have a chef. They basically just need a waitstaff, a bartender and someone to cut up meat and vegetables. I went there once as a group of 8 people. It took forever to eat as you are cooking your own food as you go and the bill was upwards of $500.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 13:14:29 (permalink)
ashphalt; Sounds like you're thinking of the 1 Potato 2 chain that's long gone.

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 13:51:41 (permalink)
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Al, I thought Victoria Station (I assume the same thing in a railcar) was just in Northern California. They were always busy, I wonder if anyone has ideas why they went under ?

There used to be several Victoria Stations in Miami.. I think one was at Dadeland Mall...Down where Jordan Marsh used to be.the-west end.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 13:54:00 (permalink)
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Originally posted by jinjo76

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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen



What was the Fondue Decade? My poor memory says it was the early 70's but that's open to debate.



Funny you mentioned the Fondue Decade. I was reading a review a few weeks back about a new restaurant in town here specializing in Fondues. They claimed in their interview this style is comming back in fashon. Not sure I'd want to bankroll a house on that gamble...



Where I live,

http://www.meltingpot.com/FtLauderdalefl/home.html


That place is a goldmine. They don't have to have a chef. They basically just need a waitstaff, a bartender and someone to cut up meat and vegetables. I went there once as a group of 8 people. It took forever to eat as you are cooking your own food as you go and the bill was upwards of $500.


They just opened a new Melting Pot in the Viera area of Brevard County, between Cocoa and Melbourne.
SRO!
In fact, there is one here in Myrtle Beach.
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 17:34:20 (permalink)
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I remember potato bars were big for a while in the 70's but didn't last long.
I miss em.. I can load a potato like no one.


some of the Wendy's Super Bars and salad bars had baked a potato toppings bar area. You could get a plain potato and salad bar, and then you "saved" money because the "unlimited" toppings were at the salad bar.

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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/08 17:47:37 (permalink)
yes, Wendy's salad bars.....they were a good deal...

as far as those 1 potato 2 potato chains, I think that by the time someone got their gourmet toppings, the potato ended up costing at least $4.00....... for a little more, they would rather have the burger and fries , or a big sub sandwich..
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RE: Foods from the 60's, 70's and 80's 2006/03/09 02:44:33 (permalink)
I can distinctly remember the fondue craze starting around 1963 or so.

The crock pot era began in the mid 60's. I remember the one my Mom bought. The brand was Betty G. The only reason I remember that is because Mom's name was Bettye Green, and we kids made a big deal of that.

Was tuna casserole with corn flake topping more 50's or 60's?

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