This past Saturday we were transported back in time to the decade of the 1980’s. Our vehicle was not a Delorian; instead it was our imagination and our memories of one of the greatest pop culture decades. The reason for this journey, quite simply was to celebrate Marissa Harrington’s golden birthday, aka the “I luv the 80’s Jubilee” or to the party animals that made it dubbed the adventure by another name; “dancing in the dark” after the great Bruce Springsteen jam by the same name.
We served up classic 80’s inspired snacks including grilled cheese bites, a gourmet version of cheese and crackers with Artichoke hearts and Triscuits included, and an array of chips and dip from store bought to homemade.
Now onto the drinks. We served up our own liquid 80’s themed concoctions and our resident mixologist herself and guest of honor has coined the creations as” the Fraggle-rock” and “the Killer Smurf.” In the spirit of the event I offered up my own creation “the Jäger Rock” also knows as the David lee Roth to party guests. This version of the Fraggle Rock will definitely leave you “dancing in the dark” To make the “Fraggle Rock” mix 2 parts Grape infused Vodka to 6 parts sweet and sour. Serve to guest while pouring in “Pop Rocks” to get the Fraggle to Rock. To make the “the Jäger rock”(aka: David Lee Roth) mix 2 parts Jägermeister to 6 parts sweet and sour. Finish off and serve with “Pop Rocks” in the same way as the original. To make the “Killer Smurf mix 2 parts blueberry vodka with 6 parts of tonic water
The cake, or shall I say the main event was truly a piece of art. We commissioned a 3D Carebear inspired cake by a local culinary student and pastry artist; Carina Mattan. This cake was even tastier than it appears and contained several layers of gourmet pastry fillings, sheet cake and frosting.
Photography for the event was provided to us by an 80’s clad Joseph Briscoe rocking both the Polaroid and sneaking in digital shots when given the chance. Food and music was provided by myself while keeping up my Brett Michaels persona. It was like I was at the controls of my very own “Rock of Love Bus.”
We wrapped up this blast from the past at Mrs. T’s Barcade in Koreatown and played vintage Nintendo games including “Rampage” and “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out” while taking in the hip hop sounds of late 1980’s-mid 1990’s.
When you get the urge to “bust a move” and take a trip back to the nostalgia of the 1980s than this is the right place. Special thanks to everyone that came out and to the ones that came in spirit. It was indeed a rad and tubular time.
Miss T’s Barcade
371 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Hours: Mon-Sat. 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.