Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994)

The Midnight Express where Faye worked and filled her head with The Mamas & The Papas is located in the Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) area of Hong Kong. Well, was. The building since then has been a tobacconist and a 7-Eleven.

I take zero responsibility for California Dreamin’ getting stuck in your head.


A long, long time ago, on a blogging platform far, far away, my friend Jeremy and I went on a rampage with fake band names answering the day old question: “You’re starting a New Wave themed restaurant. What would your favorite dish, or restaurant name, be?” (Song titles, as well as post punk bands apply too.)

It turned into a great discussion online, with a bunch of people making all kinds of clever (and sometimes hilariously groan inducing) puns. I had saved the post and recently finally managed to dig it out.  For your enjoyment, below is a heavily edited list. (Oh there were so many more, but I felt like I had to narrow it down a bit.)

Here are some that I suggested:

  • Nina Haggis
  • the Birthday Party Cake
  • Killing a Rhubarb 
  • Scritti Polenta
  • Virgin Prune Juice
  • Tears Run Onion Rings 
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fondue
  • Peas + Love, Inc. 

Some other contributions, from Jeremy and other people who joined in the comments:

  • Marc Almond Fudge 
  • A-ha-mburger 
  • Toni Basil Pasta
  • Spandau Parfait
  • A Fleck of Seafood 
  • I Tuna Melt With You 
  • David Byrnt Toast 
  • The Killing Moonpie
  • Sweetmeat Dreams 
  • Damaged Foods
  • Enjoy the Sirloin
  • Cake on Me
  • Caramel Chameleon
  • Cocktail Twins
  • The Powdered Toasters
  • The Bread Kennedys
  • Dead Man’s Tarty
  • Sundae Nutty Sundae
  • One Crepe Beyond
  • Bela Lugosi’s Bread
  • The Head Cheese on the Door
  • Donut Stand So Close to Me
  • Milkshake It Up
  • Der Kommisardine Sandwich
  • Some Like It Hot Wings
  • 88 Limes for 44 Women
  • Owner of a Lonely Tart
  • I Eat Caramels
  • Little Red Corgette
  • Bread or Alive
  • Anything Bento Box
  • Quicheless Whisper
  • Total Eclair of the Heart
  • Hollandaise in the Sun
  • Blasphemous Tubers
  • Buns and Roses
  • Kajagoojubees
  • Depeche ala Mode
  • Blasphemous Root Beers
  • Dexy’s Midnight Rum Bars
  • Fleetwood Mac and Cheese
  • Motley Crueller
  • Ziti Top
  • Def Custard
  • Fine Young Cantaloupes
  • Owner of a Lonely Chard
  • Siouxsie and The Munchies

Gratitude for the contributions on this list extends to Jeremy K, SF Slim, Niki S, Leah C, Alli P, Sabrina, Mark F, MsJen, Jamie S, and a few other people who I only remember by online handles. If I’ve missed you, know that your genius made me laugh until it hurt.

(pic: Cafe 80’s in Back to the Future II)

This is somewhat topical.

I Love Lucy (S3, Ep. 27 - “The Diner” - Air date: April 26, 1954)

This episode sort of qualifies, plus I wanted something a little bit lighthearted for Friday. So, Happy Friday. May your hamburgers be ever tasty and affordable, and may no friendships be ruined over them.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

"You go home and sit in your room and think, when and how am I ever going to get away from this? And now you know.”

Before Sunrise (1995)

Sitting in a booth in Vienna’s gorgeous Cafe Sperl, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) pretend to call their best friends to tell them about having just met an intriguing new person they find attractive. It’s a great scene (well, I love the whole movie) but I’m even more into the above clip of the general atmosphere of the cafe.

Cafe Sperl

Cafe Sperl

Falling Down (1993)

"I don’t want to be your buddy, Rick. I just want a little breakfast."

It’s frightening to watch someone devolve so completely and violently. At the same time, this scene is pretty great. False advertising, fake-nice customer service - who likes that? Nobody.

Chasing Amy (1997)

Full disclosure: I did not like this movie. Clerks is kind of a classic, and Dogma was a very weird but fun direction. Mallrats had the kid on the escalator. This one, well I had problems with it. But considering the Affleck Frenzy happening, seemed like a good enough time to post it. Plus, Silent Bob speaks.

The diner is the Marina Diner in Belford, NJ.

Death Proof (2007)

"I don’t know what futuristic utopia you live in, but the world I live in? A bitch need a gun."

The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

“‘Feelings’ is NOT parsley!”

I haven’t heard people have much of an opinion on parsley, one way or another, so maybe Susie Diamond is right.

Love those green booths. According to this page, the diner they’re in, which was supposed to be in Seattle, was located on Fairfax in LA and is now a thrift shop.