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A Treat You Could Take Home

Aug 01, 2013 |  Retro Staff |  No Comments

For the most part, I write about things as I remember them, which, on occasion, means I’m either way off or totally wrong. Today’s blog could very well be one of those times, so in advance, keep that in mind. I grew up in Valley Stream, NY, which borders the town of Elmont, home of Elmont Memorial High

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Making the Best Cup of Coffee

Nov 06, 2010 |  Retro Staff |  5 Comments

American diners have long been known for their ready cup of hot coffee with an endless bottom. The reputation of diner coffee may not be living up to today’s taste standards, but you can always find a fresh brewed pot. If you are looking for upscale coffee, micro coffee roasters have created a new tradition

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New York Automat Food Vendor Machines

Jul 08, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  1  Comment

I remember hearing about the New York City Automats from my mother as I was growing up. Ironically, the first automats were not in NYC, but in Philadelphia. But first, for those of you who are not familiar with them, what was an automat? In 1888 Joe Horn and Frank Hardart were two hard-working and

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Doc’s Pizza on Elm St. in Lawrence, MA

Jan 12, 2008 |  Retro Staff |  309 Comments

Does anybody remember Doc’s Pizza on Elm (?) Street in Lawrence, MA? It was in the old Italian Neighborhood between Lawrence and Jackson Streets. Man that place was good! When my friends and I were teenagers and got our drivers licenses we would head down to Lawrence from Salem, NH every chance we had. Of

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