Tiki skull cocktail

Mmm, mmm! Time for a Mai Tai!

Tiki skull cocktail

Tiki skull cocktail at a bar.

Robert says, “Hey Rhonda – I hear a lot of people in the 1960s talking about a Mai Tai Cocktail? What the heck is a Mai Tai?”

Robert, A Mai Tai Cocktail is a traditional “Tiki Bar” rum cocktail served in the summer. The man who invented the Mai Tai, Victor Bergeron, is better known as Trader Vic! Vic was inspired by a Jamaican rum and it’s a classic 60s drink. It was traditionally made with rum, Cointreau, Orgeat Syrup, Lime and garnished with pineapple.

Black and white below shoulder view of many people dancing

Put your dancing shoes on!

Black and white below shoulder view of many people dancing

Carla asks: What dance move was Popular in 1964?


 Well, Carla, that’s easy to answer… It’s Almost Summer so hey, everybody! Let’s do the “Swim”!

The 1964 tune “C’mon and Swim,” by Bobby Freeman inspired a 60’s dance craze that combined dancing with swimming! “The Swim” was basically “swimming on the dance floor”. To do the “Swim,” you just swing your arms and shoulders in an alternating pattern to the beat of the music. Toss in a few hip swaggers and you’ll have it down. And, if you wanted to switch things up a bit, you could mimic a treading water motion with both arms out to their sides or pull out your ‘I’m drowning’ nose plug while one arm sinks to the floor. Try it!

Why is this favorite Easter treat hollow?

Lindt bunnies

Lindt Bunnies

Samantha asks, “Why are chocolate rabbits hollow?”

Hello Samantha, The real reason they’re hollow?  So they can actually be eaten!  Biting into a 5 or 6-inch tall SOLID chocolate rabbit is not easy because the chocolate has to have a certain hardness to retain its shape.

As a child, did you ever try to take a bite of your mom’s semi-sweet chocolate baking blocks in the kitchen, thinking they were candy? Not an easy bite.  And those were only about 3/4 of an inch thick. Imagine a big, solid bunny who’s 2 inches wide at the base? It would like biting into a brick.

Marketing studies have shown hollow bunnies are far more preferred by consumers than solid, simply because they’re easier to eat. The only types of solid bunnies that sell well are the very small, almost bite-size types that can easily be bitten through.

Image of Lindt Bunnies by Tammy Green of Chicago. Shared under Creative Commons-Share Alike 2.0 license.

Flaming Cabbage

What’s Your Favorite St Paddy’s Day Recipe and Centerpiece?

Flaming Cabbage

Alicia asks: What’s Your Favorite St Paddy’s Day Recipe and Centerpiece?

Well Alicia, “THE FLAMING CABBAGE” is impressive AND entertaining!

Clean a large cabbage, curling outer leaves back from the top. Carve out a hole in the top, about 6” deep. Place a sterno lamp in the cavity (so flame comes to the top of the cavity). Place the cabbage on a serving plate and surround with a lovely frill of parsley. Now, thrust wooden picks through cocktail sausages and stick randomly into the cabbage.  Stick an olive onto the end of each to protect fingers as guests broil their own sausages! Now you have a fun AND decorative appetizer on St Patrick’s Day, compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hindley’s charming Oakland, CA home, and the Betty Crocker’s 1950s 1st Edition Picture Cookbook.

Try making yours and post a pic on our FB page.

Super Ball in original packaging

50,000 lbs of Compressed Energy!

Super Ball in original packagingRodney asks: Who invented the SuperBall?

Rhonda answers: Wham-O released the SuperBall in the summer of 1965, and the reigning kings of toy fads had yet another winner. Dropped from an outstretched hand, the SuperBall would bounce almost all the way back up, but that was only the beginning of the physics-defying fun.

Thrown with a bit of force (or a lot), the ball would bounce over roofs, across city blocks, or right up to the fragile lights at the top of the gymnasium.

Thanks to the ball’s remarkable friction, it could bounce back toward you or even up a wall with the right spin. At times, it seemed the SuperBall followed its own internal compass, and while that may have led to a few black eyes and bruised bodies, the danger only added to the fun. Source: Nostalgia Central, The Way Things Used to Be

I want to know if you were lucky enough to have one in the 60s. And tell us… did you break anything with it?

Fast Food comes to life

Fast Food was a FAD FOOD in the 1960s! Just as the Roadrunner Lodge Motel was born in the mid 60s, many American “Icons of Fast Food” were also being born all across our country throughout the decade. The moniker “Fast Food” was based on the use of the “assembly-line system” which was first introduced by McDonald’s in 1948 but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it really took off from coast to coast. If you traveled the country on road trips you may have delighted in choices of “FAST FOOD” ranging from the then bright and shiny new restaurants like pizza from Domino’s, Blimpie’s and Subway sub sandwiches, burgers and beef sandwiches from Hardees or Arby’s, or Mexican fare from Del Taco… all of which have successfully stood the test of time. Try to choose one of these icons on your next road trip and tell us where you ate!

USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2021 logo showing Roadrunner Lodge named #1 Best Roadside Motel

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The Roadrunner Lodge Motel has been voted the #1 BEST ROADSIDE MOTEL in USA Today’s annual 10best Readers’ Choice contest for “BEST ROADSIDE MOTEL” in America!

“During the early years of the 20th century, Americans took to the nation’s brand new highways, and roadside motels (a portmanteau of “motor hotel”) popped up to accommodate these travelers. Many of these historic properties have gotten retro-chic makeovers, blending their vintage charm with modern amenities. The restored Roadrunner Lodge motel on Route 66 blends mid-century style with modern conveniences, like premium mattresses, plush towels, free wifi and HD TVs with more than 120 channels. The historic property is truly a mom-and-pop operation.”Share a pic and caption on our Facebook page that you took when you stayed at the Roadrunner Lodge

What’s the craziest recipe you’ve ever tried?

Sandy asks: What’s the craziest recipe you’ve ever tried, Rhonda?

My favorite special occasion recipe from my Betty Crocker’s PICTURE COOKBOOK is MOCK DUCK… and my family absolutely LOVES IT.

MOCK DUCK: A “Happy substitution for a bird”
Use a 5-lb shoulder of lamb with the foreleg on. Cut off below the knee to form a duck neck and head. Have shoulder boned and mold it and sew it in the shape of the body of a duck, leaving hollow for stuffing. The foreleg should stand up to give the effect of a duck head and neck. Split leg bone 1′ to form a mouth. Remove a few stitches and stuff, then resew. Rub with fat. Roast. Serve hot surrounded with molds of mint or cranberry or orange slices.

What pop culture were we listening to in July of 1964?

Kevin asks: What sort of pop culture was happening around the time the Roadrunner Lodge was first built?

Pop Culture News from 1964, when the Roadrunner Lodge Motel was just a youngster of a motel and in the week of the 4th of July, people in the US were listening to “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys” and in the UK, “It’s Over” by Roy Orbison was in the top 5 hits. The movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” a Beatles musical comedy was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. And, famed Beatle, John Lennon published “In His Own Write” a collection of off-kilter poems and stories with line drawings that made it to the best sellers list.