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Breakfast at Ed’s

Back in September retro American Diner chain Ed’s Easy Diner opened a new branch in Chapelfield shopping centre, and last weekend Vintage Norwich went along for breakfast to check it our for you.

Ed’s Easy Diner first opened in Soho back in the late 1980s, and since then has gone on to open locations across the UK. It has a traditional American diner set up, with counter seats, booths and an open plan kitchen, the diner also has mini retro jukeboxes that allow diners to choose their favourite 1950s tracks to be played.

On arrival  it really looks the part, all shiny chrome, black and white floors and red vinyl seats. We felt it would have been nice if the staff uniforms were a little more traditional diner than just a branded T Shirt. Maybe we’re just picky!

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The breakfast menu features American classics like waffles and pancakes served with bacon and maple syrup, as well as a choice of more traditional eggs/bacon/toast/sausage based breakfasts. They also do a range of milkshakes that we just couldn’t resist trying. The milkshakes are pricey at over £4, but they were huge and amazing. Bought to the table in a branded Eds mixer jug with a glass, there’s at least 2 servings in 1 jug. I can heartily recommend the Banana and Peanut Butter Milkshake. It’s as good as it sounds!

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During the day Ed’s features a classic American diner menu, with a selection of burgers, fries and ice cream floats.

Being a chain restaurant Ed’s in Norwich isn’t necessarily run by anyone with a real passion for 1950s style (I have no idea who the manager is, it’s possible they do!) but in a way that doesn’t really matter. The decor is great, you can play your own choice of 50s tunes and the food, at breakfast at least, was good too, which makes it an excellent new stop for 50s lovers for a Sunday brunch or early evening meal.

Ed’s closes at 8pm, in line with Chapelfield shopping centre opening hours, so don’t expect your own Grease style late night beauty school drop out moment. But if you fancy grabbing a burger and a milkshake with some good tunes on your way home from the shops then it’s a great destination.

Visit the Ed’s Easy Diner Website for more information on menus and opening times.

It’s Tiki Time

We know the weather has taken a turn for the rainy, but if you fancy recapturing a bit of that summer feeling, vintage style, then a Tiki Bar is the place to go.

Tiki bars are a taste of the South Pacific, often featuring “god” masks and carvings,  flowers and bamboo in their decorations, and serving lots, and lots of Rum Based Cocktails. The very first Tiki bar was apparently “Don the Beachcomber” in Los Angeles in 1933, but the style became hugely popular in the 40s and 50s.

Here at Vintage Norwich there are 2 bars we’d recommend for the Tiki lover. So ignore the rain, don your best frock and some hair flowers and head out for a cocktail.

Our favourite for recapturing a bit of Summer is Revolucion De Cuba. It’s not strictly Tiki, as its inspiration is Cuban rather than South Pacific, but it has a great Latin vibe and is a wonderful place to recapture that summer feeling. It’s open all day, so you can sit next to palms under whirling ceiling fans and enjoy a lunch time Mojito, or cup of coffee, and they serve food to soak up all that rum.

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Wednesday nights are Swing nights, so worth checking out, and they have a regular happy hour with a very dangerous 2-4-1 cocktail deal. You can also book cocktail making masterclasses or rum tastings

Find Revolucion De Cuba on their website, or on Facebook.

If you’re looking for something with a more pure Tiki style, then Lola Lo is your venue. It’s frequently used in photo shoots as a location, this photo comes from a shoot for Lady Lucks Boutique by Andy Sapey.

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The club allows you to book a “Tiki Booth” ahead of time and be treated to table service all night. They also have a list of amazing Tiki cocktails, and 15 speciality rums. The cocktail menu features drinks in proper Tiki mugs and drinks made for 2 to share. They also offer a private cocktail making masterclass.

Lola Lo’s however, is very definitely a night club, not a place for an early evening cocktail, it’s doors don’t even open till 10pm, and music (not of the vintage kind) features highly on it’s list of entertainments. It is available for private hire on Tuesdays and Sunday though, if you fancy throwing your own Tiki party to escape the autumn chill.

Find Lola Lo’s on their website or on Facebook.

Of course, if you don’t fancy venturing outside much at all then you can always order yourself a tiki mug and make yourself a Zombie, this recipe comes from GreatCocktails.co.uk

Ingredients

  • 1 measure dark rum
  • 1 measure white rum
  • ½ measure apricot brandy
  • 2 measures pineapple juice
  • ½ measure lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • Garnish: cocktail cherry and pineapple wedge

Add all the ingredients into a cocktail mixer with ice and shake, then pour into a hurricane glass. Spear the pineapple and cherry onto a cocktail stick and place on the edge of the glass, finally add a straw.

View from the Vintage City Network

Vintage Manchester – UK Tiki Fest is Coming

If you’re a fan of Tiki then Manchester is hosting its very own week long Tiki Festival! Vintage Manchester has a pair of tickets to giveaway.

 Vintage Brighton – Brighton’s home-grown tiki bars

If you’re taking a trip to the seaside you can get a touch of tiki style there too.

Vintage London – 3 London Tiki Highlights

Tiki highlights in London include tiki nails!

 

 

 

 

 

Norwich Fashion Week Old Hollywood Fashion Show

Last night Vintage Norwich braved the snow to visit Norwich Cathedral for a vintage fashion show and the launch of the Fabulous Miss K collection.

Before the show we were treated to bubbly and canapes and the chance to admire a photographic exhibition by photographer Stephen Plumb created especially for the event.

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Once seated we were entertained with a make up demo by Benefit Cosmetics and a spot of tap dancing while the finishing touches were put to the vintage fashion show.

We were treated to display of original vintage, with a touch of Hollywood glamour from local vintage shops Prim Vintage, Retreat Vintage, Goldfinches Vintage , Vintage Deli and Wake Up Little Susie, who specialises in vintage nightwear.

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The highlight of the evening, however, was the chance to finally see the new vintage inspired collection from The Fabulous Miss K. The collection features 3 1940s style dress in crepe and a cotton stripe, a late 50s style drop waist shift dress, a chiffon evening gown and a day suit with a tie waist. The models for this section also wore hats especially created for the show by local milliner Betsy Hatter.

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COLLECTION

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You can see more photos from the Old Hollywood Fashion Show and The Fabulous Miss K collection over on our Facebook page.

Norwich Fashion Week continues tonight with the Best of Vintage Norwich Awards. The full program for the rest of the week is available on the Norwich Fashion Week website.

FILM: White Christmas (1954)

Cinema City, Norwich

21st – 24th December, check website for times.

United States 1954, 120 mins
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring:Bing Crosby

WHITE CHRISTMAS is a treasure trove of Irving Berlin classics, among them ‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Blue Skies’, and the beloved ‘White Christmas’.Two talented song-and-dance men (Crosby and Kaye) team up after the War to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and travel to Vermont for a white Christmas.

Of course, there’s the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when Crosby and Kaye discover that the inn is run by their old army general who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of. A perennial festive favourite, the film is presented in a stunning restoration.

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