One of my friends and also my trainer in Los Angeles with whom I had many adventures from the Hollywood Hills to Venice beach was Frank Cassavetes. He was to me and everyone who really knew him just Frankie.
Frankie’s brother is Nick Cassavetes who is a film director, and who’s father John was also a film director married to the actress Gena Rowlands.
The Cassavetes are old school Hollywood family. They have old school Hollywood friends such as Robert Duvall.
While Robert Duvall can never be forgotten for his role in The Godfather he is also a film-maker. Assassination Tango was a film that Robert Duvall was excited to make in Argentina, and Frankie began training Duvall at the Golds gym in Venice in preparation for the part.
In the film Assassination Tango Robert Duvall created a character with the name Frankie to pay homage to his friend and trainer who also has a club in Argentina called ‘Frankie’s’.
El Almacen, is a great little cafe that I discovered last year and walking into it yesterday, I was told to come back if I was in the hood to watch some Tango. The owners are Argentinian and Mexican couple who are absolutely delightful.
Tango is about passion. It has nothing to do with the man. It is all about the passion to show-off the women, in dance, so other will desire her as well. The man sole role in Tango is to make the women he is dancing with look astonishingly seductive, desirable, erotic, and sexy.
This was the scene yesterday afternoon as well as the essence of Tango. I could not leave out Assassination Tango because that’s where the story of Tango began for me, at Frankie’s.
As you know, I am not about to just go have a coffee anywhere. My discover of the day in my home town of Toronto, a city that host’s so many during the Toronto International Film Festival, film makers from around the world, as well as recording artist’s, was not only a place with Art on the wall but the two ladies, Jen and Megan had no shortage of personality. They were The Artist’s. Walking into Ella’s Uncle coffee shop is like going into your best friends kitchen with all it’s charm and comforts, smell’s and taste’s. We are all aware that some of the best parties always end up in the kitchen.
Jen who was in advertising decided to open this gem of a place to get away from the maddening crowd. Megan is called in to prep the Banana cakes “It’s why I get paid the big buck’s” Megan tell’s me. We all have an artist in us, to honor the film The Artist with it’s 10 Oscar nomination’s, I present to you Jen and Megan of Ella’s Uncle, a tiny kingdom where magic is real and dreams come true.
The art of cool is not having to try. Little Nicky’s in Toronto is just that, a cool place to hang out have a coffee and get some fresh donuts. This is a family run, brother and sister coffee shop, so if you are gonna cruise down Queen Street West, walk past those corporate place’s like Starbucks , Second Cup, or for that matter Timothy’s. Welcome to the adventure of discovering on MY NAME IS KHAN.