So I am dreaming of mine and Mitzi's next adventure...The year Mitzi and I became Cherry Queens was one of my life's pivotal moments...a defining moment....Yes we were sitting on the back of a convertible in the loveliest place on earth, my beloved Sonoma, we were giggling and being silly, waving the parade queen's wave...but it went much deeper, the past leading up to this moment is now of no consequence, a secret that two sisters who were brave enough to unfold and set aside as it no longer held power over love was to provide a lighted path for them to walk into unknown happiness awaiting. It is then fitting that we are to take tea at the "Royal T Cafe". Of course, but where else? I have found such a place in Culver City, CA. The history of this place makes it even more fitting that this should be our next great adventure.
According to Wikapedia, hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios, Sony Pictures Studios (originally MGM Studios) was one of those studios. One of the movies was The Wizard of Oz. It was filmed and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Other places of interest include Culver Hotel: A 1924 landmark pie-slice-shaped hotel (I hope that was "cherry pie") in downtown. Many of the cast of The Wizard of Oz stayed here during filming of the movie in 1939. The hijinks of that period, including the hotel's being taken over by the "Munchkins," were featured in the 1981 movie Under the Rainbow. Formerly owned by John Wayne, the hotel has housed many stars including Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Ronald Reagan. Old Hollywood, glamore of course this should be a "Cherry Queen's" next adventure!
Then there is Helms Bakery, now a center for restaurants, art galleries, and the Jazz Bakery (a jazz club), which is one of the "Cherry Queen" bi-laws..."No more Blues...only Jazz." Doesn't the "Royal T Cafe" look splendid? Note the chandelier and the wait staff uniforms... What do you think Mitz?
Thanks for sharing my dream, resolution, adventure and distraction tonight...Sleep sweet my friends... XO Keke
P.S. Check out some of the menu...
Green Tea Soba Noodles 12
with Market Vegetables, Mushrooms, Black Garlic and a Brown Butter/Oyster Sauce Add Chicken 3.00
Grilled Salmon 18
with Roasted Fennel, Yuzu/Chardonnay Beurre Blanc, and Wild & White Rice Medley
Kabocha Squash Ravioli 14
with a Lemongrass, Vegetable Broth and a Brown Butter Sauce
Jidori Coq au Vin 16
Red Wine Stew with Jidori Chicken Breast
Hanger Steak Frites 18
Perfectly Gilled 10 oz Hanger Steak with a Red Wine/Smoked Shoyu Reduction, Potato Gratin, Sautéed Green Beans and Baby Carrots
HIGH TEA SET 19.50
Assorted Savory Canapés and Desserts on a 3 Tiered Tray. Includes a Pot of Tea of Your Choice.