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Weekend Tweats [The Tastiest, Briefest Words About Food In 140 Characters Or Less]

Posted Jul 29, 2012 by Jeff Houck

Updated Jul 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

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Funniest thing I saw this week?

One was retro-funny.

The other was sweet funny.

The first:

Official Mother of The Stew dug out some photos this week from a box of souvenirs and found an old high school program from 1962 at Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg.

Inside was a flyer about the prom with an ad on the back for the McDonald’s on Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena.

For those who have never been to South Pasadena, think of it as the bridge between St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Beach. It was the place you had to go through to get there, but no one really went as a destination. Which maybe was why this McDonald’s was advertising. Because it later became the only McDonald’s I can recall ever going out of business. I think it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts now.

Kitty's 1962 Prom At Boca Ciega High School


Gotta love the prices. The one that gets me: 12 cents for fries. Nice round number. Talk about a penny nightmare for the cashier.

“What should we charge?”

“How about 11 cents?”

“That’s not enough!”

“Okay, 13 cents, then.”

“Too much!”

The other thing I dug: The folding chairs in front.

That’s how hard our parents had it. They didn’t have McDonald Playlands or booths or a roof to protect them from the elements. THEY HAD FOLDING CHAIRS AND TERRIBLE FAST FOOD AND THEY WERE HAPPY!!!

There also happens to be a preponderance of women at this McDonald’s. Maybe it was Sorority Day. Maybe it was High School Lesbian Burger Day. I don’t know. The ‘60s were weird. That table in the front looks especially catty. Like the Pink Ladies without Rizzo.

The second thing? The funny-sweet thing?

Dig pianist and vocalist Mike Markaverich singing and scatting and meowing to “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” from the Disney animated film “The Aristocats.” He was performing last night at the Haye Loft lounge and dessert room above Euphemia Haye in Longboat Key.


Mike’s piano playing is brilliant. And playful. And beyond entertaining.

Here’s his bio:

Born blind, but not deterred, he graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire with degrees in music. Mike began his career on Cape Cod where he worked solo & in groups for major nightspots and concerts for over 10 years. Mike moved to Sarasota in November, 1988 and has been an integral part of the local jazz scene…in concerts, on radio & TV, school & college workshops, teaching Jazz piano and has 6 CD’s - the most recent release October 2007.


More? Okay. This clip includes riffs from the old Meow Mix commercials. And “Jimmy Crack Corn.”


Okay, BIG FINISH!


Enough kitten music. Go see Mike if you want more.

It’s time for the week’s best food tweets.

@CelebrityChez - Fridge


@vladhoc - burritos


@alliejane_508 - Freckle crumbs


@TABS1969 - Trump McDonald's


@funnyordie - ice cubes


@Brentweets - Nabisco


@MistookMistake - Crying donut


@smuttercup - Vodka kiddie pool


@ryaninco - Firehouse Chipotle


@JennyJohnsonHi5 - Chili's


@FillWerrall - Rick Ross


@see_more - Apple


@TheMightyFool - Pudding


@C3Ballin - Pringles


@Andy_Richter - Burrito


@DepressedDarth - National Tequila Day


@Loli_Sug - Funeral home bar


@Bazecraze - Crystal Pepsi


@kylekinane - Dominos


@C3Ballin - Calories


@WetzelGeek - Snickers






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