Would you ever put food art in your kitchen?
I just saw an ad for Norm's; does anyone remember that café? It's been a S. Calif. restaurant since 1949.
The ad was a breakfast showing hash browns, pair of eggs, browned ham, and sausage, nicely laid out, with a separate plate with a pair of pancakes on it, topped with a scoop of whipped butter.
I can see having a rotation of photos of diner/café meals in a kitchen. I love a good retro meal photo!
The first Norm's was in Hollywood, Sunset and Vine, I think, but now they are in various S. Calif. counties.
I went to their website...I was surprised to learn that they were still in business!...and looked at their menu, to see how it changed.
In some ways, not much, in others, quite a bit.
These days, they use some name brand foods, such as Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, and Haagen-Daz and Thrifty ice creams, plus Kraft mac 'n cheese on the kids' menu.
The menu seems less 'home cooked' overall, as if food might come in franchise-style for some items.
On the other hand, they have the plates down pat...grilled sandwiches and burgers with fries, breakfast eggs with the usual suspects, plus country fried steak, meatloaf, etc.
They also, oddly, give free refills of most drinks...lemonade, sodas, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and for kids, also milk and chocolate milk, etc.
I can definitely see and feel the changes.
Some modern additions include chilequiles, (sp?) and breakfast burritos.
But, regardless, the old fashioned diner photo of the breakfast made me think of it as art. Would you, or would you not, put something like that in your kitchen?
Or, how about the metal signs of yore? Some aren't that large.