Fads of the 1980s

Some of the things people remember about the 1980s are the fads.  From Valspeak to Cabbage Patch Kids, these fads defined a generation.

Valspeak

When you hear people use phrases such as “totally,” “rad,” geek” and “skanky” they are speaking a language created during the 1980s.  Valspeak was a form of speech that integrated hippie lingo with surfer slang.  Its popularity is based on a song by Frank Zappa and his daughter called Moon Unit called “Valley Girl.”

Rubik’s Cube

During the 1980s the Rubik’s Cube was a common site with many people.  People young and old struggled to solve the twisting colored block puzzle.

Sony Walkman

This was the start of being able to play the music you wanted to hear anywhere you went.  People were no longer restricted to having only portable radios; they could now play cassettes tapes that contained their favorite music.  Powered with only two AA batteries people could now listen to their favorite tunes while walking, jogging, waiting for a bus, standing in line and more.  It officially became part of the Oxford English Dictionary during the late 1980s.

Cabbage Patch Kids

They were dolls invented by an art student during the 1970s and presented to the public on a mass production level in the early 1980s.  Their popularity reached insane levels during the Christmas shopping season of 1983.  Stores were running out of them and violence between parents to get that remaining few dolls in stock occurred all over the United States.  The popularity is gone, but the dolls are still available.

Swatch Watch

They were colorful and fun Swiss watches.  The varieties of colors and designs for their dials and straps made them something people wanted to have.  During the late 1980s they even came with bands that were scented.

Pizza

One of the things that were also common during the 1980s was eating pizza.  Just like the kind of pizza you’ll find at Slice Of The 80’s.   This is a place where customers can see a large mural of the 80s as well as posters of the movies and bands of the 80s and enjoy some great food.

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Experience Cheese Bread Excellence at Slice of the 80’s

The inspiration to eat bread and cheese together is as old as, well, bread and cheese. In fact, historians have found reference to bread cooked with cheese on it dating back to the old times of Ancient Rome; and American’s are no stranger to the awesome cheesiness that comes from the combination. “Slice of the 80’s” has taken the idea to the max with the most excellent selection of cheese bread around.

Our traditional Cheese Bread is made with a three cheese blend and comes with marinara for dipping. If you really crave cheese you might want to give our outrageously gooey, Extreme Cheese Bread a shot. This bread is the bomb for cheese lovers; fully loaded with twice as much mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan. Try our buttery Nacho Bread with some spicy jalapenos, or indulge in our signature Nacho Cheese Bread which we cover with a three cheese blend, bake and then drizzle with nacho cheese sauce. This cheesy bread is totally boss!

Slice of the 80’s was voted one of Detroit’s 10 best pizzerias, and for good reason. Our pizza, wings, calzones, salads and breads are some of the tastiest you’ll ever experience; and our gnarly 80’s theme is fun for all ages.

With our sweet hair band posters, rad decor and video arcade loaded with over 50 choice games from the 80’s, Slice of the 80’s will take you back to the days of valley girls and rockin’ ballads. So get amped and bring your posse down to Slice of the 80’s to try one of our primo cheese breads.

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Re-create a Classic 80s Slumber Party!

Ladies of the 80s, take note! It’s time to re-create a classic 80s slumber party. Gather your girlfriends and your hair scrunchies! Double up your bi-colored socks! Pop your collar! Then, consider this your guide:

Step 1: Swooning Movie.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1985) starring Helen Hunt (as Lynne), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Janey), and Lee Montgomery (as Jeff, who is almost as delicious as our pizza).

Teenage daughter of stern military man disciplinarian, Janey meets wild-child, Lynne, who helps her enter a dance contest. She meets and partners up with mysterious bad boy, Jeff. And it nearly falls apart thanks to the sniveling sabotage of a spoiled snob named Natalie.

Step 2. Pizza.

Hey, we’ve got this covered! Carryout or delivery, we have the perfect menu to fuel your blast from the past. Start it off right with Onion Rings and Jalapeno Poppers. Then, chow down on a few 80s classics:

  • The Tubular (Ham! Bacon! Pineapple! Cheese, cheese, and cheese!)
  • The BLT (Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo? On a pizza? Yes, please!)
  • The Radical (Pepperoni, Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Beef!)
  • Hot Spicy Buffalo Chicken (This is ONE HOT PIZZA!)

Whatever you do, don’t forget the Cinnamon Bread drizzled with every rad color from your 80s scrunchie collection.

Step 3. Shenanigans. 

If you already got rid of your Atari and Oujia board, do not despair! The party isn’t over.

Remember MASH? Remember the paper-pencil fortune-telling game that convinced you Ralph Macchio was your soul mate? Remember that you were going to live in a shack in London while you enjoyed an illustrious career as a marine biologist? It’s not too late!

When you’re done with MASH, it’s time for a lip-syncing contest. The only prop required: A hairbrush. We have some suggestions here, too. Consider these Ladies of the 80s classics:

  • Gloria (Laura Branigan)
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  • Manic Monday (The Bangles)
  • 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)
  • Crazy for You (Madonna)
  • Barracuda (Heart)
  • Electric Youth (Debbie Gibson)
  • I’m So Excited (Pointer Sisters)

Every contest needs a winner, and we have the perfect prize: A Slice of the 80s t-shirt! Place your merchandise order when you call in for pizza, and we’ll deliver it right along with the rest.

Have fun, but take heed: do not be the first one to fall asleep (bowl of warm water…hand…need we say more?)!

Contact us today! Give us a call or order online.

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Speak to me only with thine mushrooms

 

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Sometimes you run into a person who doesn’t like mushrooms, but how cool can that dude be? I mean we’re not talking anchovies, here, we are talking schrooms, the symbol of mystery, the fruit of darkness, the scent of the orient, and a great source of Vitamin D. Most vegetables don’t have vitamin D, so tell that to your friend who doesn’t like mushrooms.

 

The star mushroom of the 1980’s was the Portobello. Until that fresh period of enlightenment, this large and tasty granddaddy of the mushroom family was, believe it or not, shunned by the kitchen clique, and tossed to the side by the growers.  Slice of the 80’s doesn’t use Portobello mushrooms, but you know, I’m just sayin’. During the 80’s, we added a schroom. What a slam-dunk decade. Totally.

 

On the site for the Mushroom Festival in Pennsylvania, there is a long list of shroomy virtues, including low cholesterol, low fat content, low calories, low sodium, good source of B, and an excellent source for ergothionine, whatever that is. (Okay, okay, don’t wig out, I’ll tell you what it is.  According to Wikipedia,  “Ergothioneine is a naturally occurring amino acid and is a thiourea derivative of histidine, containing a sulfur atom in the imidazole ring. This compound is made in rather few organisms, notably Actinobacteria and filamentous fungi,” so now you know. )

 

And people take ergothionine for Alzheimer’s, liver problems, and cataracts, so how can you not like mushrooms? And as for harmful side effects, they are still looking, they didn’t list one, not one.  How rad is that? They just said, you know, chill if you’re pregnant, like don’t binge on that ergo-stuff for a week, stuff like that, but they always say that.  And I heard all those rumors in school about how mushrooms enhance your “performance,” although that was never mentioned once in the highly sophisticated research that was done for this post.

 

At Slice of the 80’s we love mushrooms, we recommend mushrooms, and we know that if you spice up your slice with mushrooms, that you will be a smarter, healthier, sexier person that sees better, remembers your cousin’s  name longer, and has fewer issues with lower stomach pain, although this statement must not be taken as medical advice and it is only the opinion of the delivery staff.

 

But the thing about mushrooms on pizza, the very best thing?  They taste tubular.  Have some.

 

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Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping

DSC_0685According to the New York Times pepperoni is the most requested topping in the United States for a pizza, whether it is the thin crusted New York style or the deep dish Chicago version.

Pepperoni is a type of salami known for its spicy taste. How Food Works reports that pepperoni is made of beef and pork ground up and combined with spices and flavoring. Then salt and sodium nitrate is combined with the resulting mix to cure the meat to prevent the growth of microrganisms. Then the meat is innoculated with lactic acid bacteria, as with yogurt and cheese. and is stuffed into casings. The pepperoni then undergoes two days fermenting and then another 12 days drying out. The resulting product is then sliced, packaged, and shipped to supermarkets and eateries.

One thing pepperoni is not is Italian. It appears to have been invented by Italian American immigrants starting around 1919. Some have even suggested that it more resembles a German-style sausage than anything found in Italy.

Pepperoni has since conquered the American palette, mainly as a topping for pizza, though some have been known to use the spicy salami in salads and other dishes.

Some more high end chefs have eschewed pepperoni, prefering more traditional Italian sausages and salamis. But even in the botique pizza world, pepperoni is starting to gain some acceptance. Artisan pepperoni is just starting to become available, made with organic ingredients and without antibiotics. One pepperoni maker is substituting celery juice for the nitrates as part of the curing process.

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